15 April 2024
Digital health

Electronic Health Record Systems need to be Feasible, Functional and Findable

The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has published a statement calling for healthcare professionals to be involved in the conception and design of Electronic Health Record Systems to ensure trust, usability and collaboration between patients and healthcare providers.
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Following the provisional agreement on the European Health Data Space (EHDS) in March, electronic health record (EHR) systems will be vital to ensure an efficient clinical IT framework for the doctor, and local teams.

CPME President Dr Christiaan Keijzer said “The EHR should support trust, transparency and collaboration between patients and healthcare providers. The EHR systems must be designed in a user-friendly way to support healthcare professionals in their tasks and reduce administrative work. Existing national access and coding protocols need to be taken into account to avoid disruption and increased workload.”

“Doctors, as direct users, must have an active role in the development, implementation, and governance system of the EHR.”

CPME Vice President Dr Ray Walley added “Organisational capacity needs to be built at national level. We need to establish a solid network of medical doctors using current EHR systems, with IT academic competence and across medical specialties, who can be consulted when governments develop and implement the EHR nationally and across borders.”

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