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epSOS

In order to achieve the overall goal of epSOS, which is to provide cross-border exchange of personal health data, the national entities within the project are cooperating to test eHealth services in pilot applications.

http://www.epsos.eu/catalan/inici.html

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In order to achieve the overall goal of epSOS, which is to provide cross-border exchange of personal health data, the national entities within the project are cooperating to test eHealth services in pilot applications. For the first time ever, European patients will have the opportunity to use cross-border eHealth services when seeking healthcare in participating epSOS pilot countries, as tourists, business travellers, commuters or exchange students.

The technical, legal as well as organizational concepts developed in the project are subject to the extensive practical testing phase which will last for one year. Hence, epSOS will test eHealth services in the following areas: Patient Summary: Access to important medical data for the further treatment of patients Cross-border use of electronic prescription services ("ePrescription" or "eMedication").

Furthermore, epSOS will test additional cross-border eHealth services in a second testing phase:

  • Integration of the 112 emergency services
  • Integration of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Patient access to data

The consortium of the epSOS project is composed of 47 members from 23 EU member states and 3 non-EU member states. They include national health ministries, national competence centres, social insurance institutions and scientific institutions as well as technical and administrative management entities. The epSOS architecture is based on a service-oriented paradigm. The epSOS services are passive and implemented as Web Services whose interfaces are specified by the Web Service Description Language [W3C WSDL 1.1]. Communication between service consumer and service provider is always initiated by the service consumer. Each Participating Nation (PN) provides these services through the National Contact Point (NCP) that acts as a service provider to other PN’s and as a gateway for service consumers. The NCP is made up of a set of Common Components.

Start date: 31/12/2007 - End date: 1/07/2008

BudgetFundingCoordinator
€ 36.5 MillionsCIP ICT-PSPSALAR- fredrik.linden@regeringskansliet.se

Innovation

The challenges faced were addressed by the two-fold epSOS strategy, which included an immediately implementable approach as well as an exploratory approach towards new, ontology-based technologies. 

epSOS' semantic services utilize the following key components and techniques:

  • CDA's (Clinical Document Architecture) PCC (Patient Care Coordination)
  • epSOS MVC (Master Value Set Catalogue)
  • epSOS MTC (Master Translation/Transcoding Catalogue)
  • epSOS Ontology

Benefits

In epSOS the cooperation of the  23 Health Ministries in the EU has allowed a consensus to achieve a cross border  electronic healthcare record system (including Patient Summaries) that can help to eliminate communication problems, and greatly improve the quality of healthcare abroad. Together with electronic Prescriptions (ePrescriptions) – in those countries where the service is available - (see the list of pilot sites here) such a system also allows citizens  to have prescriptions dispensed abroad, so that citizens will not have to worry about running out of essential medication, even if you are away from the home country for a longer period of time.

Benefits are:

  1. it enables patients to receive medication (ePrescriptions) when being in another participating epSOS pilot country (the medication must initially be electronically prescribed in the home country).
  2. It provides health professionals access to the relevant, translated clinical information stored in the patients  home country (“Patient Summary”). This data can only be accessed by the health professional where citizens are seeking care and only after patients  have provided explicit consent.

See:  http://www.epsos.eu/for-patients-citizens/benefits.html