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. 2009 Mar;52(3):324-9.
doi: 10.1007/s00103-009-0791-y.

[Challenges in the Implementation of Electronic Health Care Records and Patient Cards in Austria]

[Article in German]
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[Challenges in the Implementation of Electronic Health Care Records and Patient Cards in Austria]

[Article in German]
K P Pfeiffer et al. Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. .

Abstract

Patient-centered, interinstitutional digital documentation and communication in the Austrian health care system is a primary goal of Austria health politics. The implementation of the eCard in the year 2005 was a very important step towards digitalization of the Austria health system. The main responsibility of the Ministry of Health (MoH) is coordinating the implementation of the eHealth infrastructure based on international standards. The Austrian electronic health care record (ELGA) should include all relevant multimedia medical and health-related data of a uniquely identified person. A selection of "relevant" documents must be made. The implementation of ELGA will take place in modules. Because of the importance of the federal states and their role in health care, a special commission was set up to represent the most important stakeholders. Thereby they are included in the decision-making process. This is important with regard to the future use of many already existing information systems and for further investments. The most important steps until now were the implementation of a working group for ELGA as an association of the national health commission in the year 2006 and the implementation of a feasibility study as well as a cost-benefit analysis. Data protection and security are considered very important factors and, with respect to these, the roles for health care providers will be defined. To achieve high acceptance from the public and especially from health care providers, it is important to inform them about the benefits of eHealth.

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