“DECIPHER” makes electronic patient records accessible abroad

16/01/2017 News Europe , Policy , Press 2092 Views


On 13 January, the DG CONNECT published information on the DECIPHER, an EU-funded project is working on a mobile application that will display a patient’s health data and can become accessible to caregivers when the patient goes abroad abroad.

According to Rossana Alessandrello of the Catalan Agency of Health Quality and Assessment, DECIPHER Project Coordinator, ‘The DECIPHER health application will help patients in various situations ranging from acute care episodes to the management of chronic diseases.’ If a patient becomes ill when they are abroad, the project’s mobile application would provide the medics with access to the health history of the patient. ‘This data can even be lifesaving in the event of urgent cases such as a stroke or heart attack,’ Alessandrello adds.

Access to health data when in another EU country is especially important for individuals with chronic diseases needing frequent medical attention, such as diabetes, since it can contain data on medication and vaccinations.

DECIPHER is using innovative pre-commercial procurement methods. ‘This works by pooling the efforts of several public procurers in procuring R&D services so that they can then access new products and services,’ explains Alessandrello. ‘By sharing risks and benefits with suppliers, the best conditions for a wide commercialisation and take-up of R&D results is created,’ she adds.

Alessandrello has explained that ‘the technologies developed by DECIPHER will be valid for all existing and future electronic patient record initiatives, using EU-wide and EU-recognised interoperability standards’.

The project, which was completed in May 2016, is now testing its technology with Diabetes Type 2 patients. The aim is to enhance the use of secure electronic patient health records.

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