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Trust remains key barrier to eHealth

In Tech on April 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

By Honor Mahony

In the not-too-distant future, you may be able to access your own medical records, make an appointment with your doctor, re-order a prescription, track your blood pressure, check test results or receive actual care all electronically.

It’s called e-health and EU policy-makers like the idea very much.

The European Commission wants citizens to have online access to their medical health data by 2015

They say electronic medical records will save time, and help reduce diagnostic or other medical errors. Routine monitoring could be carried out at home while those with rare diseases would not have to travel to be seen by specialists in other regions.

“E-health applications can make it possible that your medical data travels with you or is only one mouse click away from the operating theatre in case of emergency,” says EU health commissioner John Dalli.

Pilot e-health programmes within member states are already under way. One in Paris, for example, has linked up a…

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