Electronic patient file: PTA supports process optimisation

Electronic patient records to be introduced by 2021

Agreement has finally been reached on the distribution of tasks for the electronic health record (eHR). The agreement is seen as a milestone for digitisation in the health sector. Affected companies and organisations must now analyse the relevant processes to be able to exploit the maximum potential. The PTA provides support for this.

cPa as the basis for the health care of the future

After 15 years of almost nothing, the concept is now to be in place until 2021. So in just over two years, everything must be done to ensure that every patient has an electronic patient file that they can access via their smartphone.

The aim of the ePA is to ensure that every patient has full control over his or her health data. He controls who gets access to his data. Health data is exchanged via standardised interfaces in a secure network called the telematics infrastructure. Patients determine which data can be accessed by service providers such as doctors, hospitals and pharmacies, and can transmit data to cost units such as private and statutory health insurance companies. This digital networking in the healthcare sector is expected to improve the quality of patient care, as patients can now provide the attending physician with all the data he needs without having to organise and transport letters and CDs containing X-ray images. It is hoped that this will prevent duplicate treatments, detect undesirable drug interactions early on through coordinated medication planning and ultimately reduce costs.

The data sovereignty lies with the patient at all times. He alone controls who may and may not access the data.

PTA supports process analysis and optimisation

Following the agreement of the decision-makers, it is now the task of companies and organisations such as doctors, hospitals or health insurance companies to analyse their processes with regard to digitisation possibilities and existing interoperability in order to develop the maximum potential of paperless data exchange.

The PTA supports this task with profound process and networking know-how. Together with the parties involved, the PTA conducts an inventory of the relevant processes, analyses the most promising primary goals, develops the first steps of the technical implementation and supports the realisation of the process digitisation. All this is done pragmatically and in compliance with valid standards.

Thus, by advising the PTA during the introduction of the ePA, all digitisation processes are optimally designed in good time.