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Switzerland Moves Forward with Electronic Patient Records

Country Correspondent:  Lars Hemkens

The Electronic Patient Dossier (EPD) is a personal health record that collates treatment-related documents, including information on prescriptions, vaccinations, and hospital discharge reports. In August, the University Hospital in Basel was the first in the German-speaking part of the country to open its first EPD. Starting in 2020, all hospitals in Switzerland will be required to offer EPDs to their patients. Information on patient visits and treatments can be registered in the EPD only by approved health care providers and patients themselves. Patients must grant each provider access to their EPD, at one of three access levels.

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