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Model tests soon to begin in Geneva
Switzerland's e-health strategy
The electronic patient dossier is to be available to all residents of Switzerland by 2015, in accordance with the national e-health strategy. The dossier links documents and data required for the treatment of patients to a virtual patient dossier. By making it easier for specialists to access important information, patients can expect to receive better, safer treatment.
Pioneering work on behalf of Canton Geneva
Canton Geneva has adopted a pioneering role in Switzerland and created the legal framework for the protection of patient data and the requirements for the cantonal pilot test on 14 November 2008. As a national company, Swiss Post was subsequently identified as the general contractor and was commissioned to develop the necessary infrastructure, networking doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and professionals providing care in the community. The signing of the cooperation agreement with Canton Geneva signalled the start of the implementation phase.
Focus on several thousand patients
The pilot test is set to take place across Onex, Bernex, Confignon and Petit-Lancy. Canton Geneva and Swiss Post are hoping that several thousand volunteer patients from the area - which is home to around 30,000 people - will use the new service to improve access to their health data. The Geneva University Hospital will also be involved in the pilot. Clinics, doctors' practices and pharmacies in the region will also have the opportunity to take part. The infrastructure will be established over the coming months and implemented in the first quarter of 2010.
New generation of insurance card
In accordance with the legal and technical requirements of the Confederation, the insurance cards have been upgraded with an electronic ID for the cantonal pilot tests and will serve as the key to accessing patient dossier data.
Information about Swiss Post's commitment in the healthcare market: www.post.ch/ehealth
Press release from the Canton of Geneva on the signing of the agreement: www.ge.ch/des
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