Key problems with implementation of e-medical records

Review Article, Zdr Publ 2012;122(2): 195-200

MARIUSZ SKRZYPEK1, JOLANTA SZYMAŃSKA2, ANDRZEJ CZUBEK3

1 Wydział Informatyki, Lubelski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ w Lublinie
2 Katedra i Zakład Stomatologii Wieku Rozwojowego, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie
3 Izba Gospodarcza Medycyna Polska, Warszawa

Abstract

According to Article 57 Act of 28 April 2011, the information system in health care (Journal of Laws No. 113 item 2011. pos. 657 as amended), medical records generated after 31 July 2014 must be kept in electronic form. Analysis of the current state of implementation of e-medical records indicates that this time limit is seriously threatened. Its observance is possible, but requires identification and
analysis of key issues (barriers, risks) associated with this process, as well as active coordination and acceleration of work on it, including the active involvement of the Ministry of Health. The main problems associated with the introduction of e-documents are, according to the authors, not related to the sphere of financial constraints, but to the lack of standards of keeping and exchange of e-records and the acceptance and commitment of major stakeholders, particularly physicians in this process. If the statutory time limit is to be respected, the Center for Health Information Systems should prepare standards of keeping and exchange of e-records no later than in 6 months. Promoting acceptance and involvement of key stakeholders in the implementation of e-medical records, especially doctors, should become a priority for health policy in 2012-2014.

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Keywords

health care, e-medical records, the Medical Information System

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