Examine the electronic health record

This is the very basic service which enables the citizen, duly authenticated, to view his/her EHR. This service makes the fundamental rights of the citizens to access their medical information a reality.

Benefits include:

Improved accuracy of the record
Better communication between the patient and health care professional
Increased understanding of health conditions
The potential for increased and more effective self-management of healthcare
Increased confidence in the health care system
Patient input to the EHR

This service will enable the patient to enrich the medical record with self-reported health information (and other relevant information) such as self-evaluation schemes, general wellbeing reporting, patient satisfaction surveys, information on informal care givers etc.

This benefits healthcare professionals by providing additional information to better orient their diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. In particular, patients could add subjective outcomes of the treatment they are following. This information could play a relevant role in the framework of pharmacovigilance.

It is likely that in practice patient-generated information will be entered into the EHR through the PHR and will be presented to the treating healthcare professional for validation before it is actually integrated into the EHR.
Mask sensitive data in the EHR

European Law recognises the right of the citizen to restrict access to whole or part of his/her EHR to all or to selected healthcare professionals. This service will allow citizens to mask their own data. This is by far one of the most delicate and controversial services to implement, because the debate is open on whether the fact that data have been masked should or should not be visible to the healthcare persons viewing the EHR for perfectly legitimate reasons. The Project will of course address this issue, but it is unsure at this stage that a single solution is equally applicable in all the participating regions / countries. The service provides benefits to both citizens who will finally gain control on probably the most sensitive personal information one can think of, and to Health Authorities because they will no longer have the burden to mask sensitive data on behalf of the citizens.
Integration of data relating to patient's self-monitoring

This service will enable the capture into the EHR of automatically recorded home monitoring data.

Through home monitoring and the capture of the data produced the following benefits are expected:

Physical patient/HCP encounters (in both primary and secondary care can be reduced by focusing on results of concern
Admissions and re-admissions to hospital can be reduced. Likewise, it is expected that physical
Direct and indirect economic savings resulting from reduced encounters