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Int J Med Inform. 1998 Oct-Dec;52(1-3):105-15.

Towards personal health record: current situation, obstacles and trends in implementation of electronic healthcare record in Europe.

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  • 1European Commission, Telematics Applications for Health, Brussels, Belgium.


In this article, we define the electronic healthcare record and present its purpose as a tool for continuity of care. We briefly describe the current situation of usage and focus on the major challenges to wide implementation in Europe and beyond. Finally, we point out trends that show stronger involvement of the patients-citizens in the health care prevention and promotion processes, and discuss the impact on the future development of the electronic healthcare record into personal health records.

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