Developing an appropriate EPR system for the Greek primary care setting

J Med Syst. 2003 Jun;27(3):239-46. doi: 10.1023/a:1022571211109.


The creation of an electronic patient record (EPR) system with a user-friendly interface based on the concept of the episode of care was considered an urgent priority in the present Greek context, where a Health Care Reform program is in progress. This paper reports the procedures of developing an EPR system, and outlines some of its essentials and key issues. We performed a systematic review and analyzed the perceptions and patterns of use of existing EPR systems among Greek general practitioners. On the basis of this analysis, Transhis was selected using defined criteria for appropriateness, efficiency, and feasibility for general practice as a prototype, for creating a Windows-based EPR system using the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC-2) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) as classifications. The new EPR system seems appropriate for use within the current Greek primary care setting. Further studies are required for its evaluation.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care Information Systems*
  • Decision Making, Computer-Assisted*
  • Episode of Care
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Family Practice / methods
  • Family Practice / organization & administration*
  • Greece
  • Humans
  • International Classification of Diseases
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized* / standards
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized* / statistics & numerical data
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Software