News ID: 189422
Published: 0313 GMT March 15, 2017

EHRs created for 65m Iranians

EHRs created for 65m Iranians

Currently, electronic health records (EHRs) have been established for 65 million Iranians, announced the health minister.

Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi further said that once effective coordination is made among medical centers, insurance companies and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, all insurance booklets will be phased out by March 2018.

He said the Health Ministry is in charge of creating the infrastructures for this, adding that the Health Overhaul Plan has become well established nationwide.

The Health Overhaul Plan will continue in new Iranian year starts on March 21.

Electronic health records will be completed by incorporating medicine and insurance data as well as information available in hospitals.

Earlier, health minister said the personal medical information available in clinics and private medical centers should be included in the EHRs in subsequent phases.

The minister predicted that all Iranians will have complete data recorded in the EHRs by mid-March 2018.

Data from state- and private-run medical centers as well as medicine information should be included in the records, he said.

This will create transparency and lead to a reduction in state expenses, the minister added.

"The data on every record will help prevent unnecessary prescriptions and do away with drug trafficking."

The public will have access not only to their own data but also to the medical centers, he said. This data however cannot be accessed by any other individual, he added.

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