All Vietnamese to have electronic health records by 2019

Friday, 2018-06-15 11:28:41
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The building of electronic health records is expected to facilitate smart healthcare in Vietnam.
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NDO – Every Vietnamese citizen will have an electronic health record (ERH) by July 2019, following the launch of a programme by the Information Technology Department under the Ministry of Health on June 14.

According to the roadmap, the EHR will be implemented and gradually completed in eight provinces and cities during the pilot period this year, before being rolled out on a nationwide scale from July 2019.

According to Assoc. Prof., Dr. Tran Quy Tuong, Head of the Information Technology Department, open EHR software based on domestic and international standards would create the foundation for interconnection between the EHR system with medical information networks (medical station management software, electronic medical record software, and medical insurance payment gateway by Vietnam Social Security).

EHR is a record management system that records a person's health and medical history from birth to death, ensuring lifetime personal data management, sharing of data between the medical information systems and the safety and privacy of records.

The Ministry of Health on June 14 started the pilot project of building electronic health records for Vietnamese citizens in nine localities in 2018.

EHR is made up of a variety of information/data sources, including information/data from hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacies and laboratories. This very important information will help specialists to have access to detailed information in the process of medical examination and treatment in order to improve the quality of medical examinations and treatment services.

Under the guidance of the Ministry of Health, people can search for and view their health records online and create their own private codes to protect their records. Medical facilities will also guide people in accessing their health records and create a lock code to keep the records confidential.

Going to the hospital will not require people to have an EHR. People do not have to re-register their health records and do not have to pay any money for the EHR.

The building of the EHR is expected to benefit people and the health sector, as well as facilitating physicians in their practice. It is also an important element in building the e-health sector toward smart healthcare in Vietnam in the 4th Industrial Revolution.