Movement of health data between Estonia and other European countries

In 2017 European countries (including Estonia) launched a project, which aims to implement sustainable exchange of cross-border health data in Europe.

The primary purpose is to launch two services concerning health data:

  • Cross-border Patient Summary, which enables the healthcare professional in another country to see a summary of the most important medical data of the patient while providing this information in local language of the healthcare professional, thus contributing to the provision of effective and high-quality treatment. which enables the healthcare professional in another country to see a summary of the most important medical data of the patient while providing this information in local language of the healthcare professional, thus contributing to the provision of effective and high-quality treatment.

  • Cross-border ePrescription, which enables the patient to buy the prescribed medicines in a pharmacy of another country and forward the information of dispensation to the prescription centre of the patient’s home country.

Cross-border Patient Summary

Cross-border ePrescription

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Forwarding the summary of patient's health data Cross-border Patient Summary service makes it possible to transmit a summary of the patient's most important medical data to a healthcare worker professional in another country and to display these data translated into the local language to the healthcare professional, thus ensuring higher quality and more effective treatment.

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A cross-border ePrescription allows the patient to buy the prescribed medication in another pharmacy in the country covered by the service and to transmit the sales dispensation information to the prescription center of the patient's home country.

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With which countries does data exchange currently work?

Country ePrescription service for Estonian citizens abroad ePrescription service for a foreign citizens in Estonia Patient summary service for Estonian citizens abroad Patient summary service for a foreign citizens in Estonia
Croatia ✔️ ✔️
Luxembourg ✔️
Poland ✔️

Portugal (list of pharmacies offering the service)

✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
France ✔️
Finland ✔️ ✔️

 

Estonia ensures its citizens the forwarding of ePrescriptions and the Patient Summaries to other countries that have joined the service.

Estonian pharmacists can also dispense ePrescriptions and healthcare professionals can view the Patient Summaries of the citizens of other countries that have joined the service.  

The data exchange is organised on a secure data exchange platform managed by the European Commission.

As of today, 25 European countries have joined the project and already have or are planning to implement the services in the upcoming years according to local national possibilities. The countries which are not yet participants of the project, may join the network in the upcoming years. The general goal is to launch a pan-European service.

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Patient Information Notices (PINs)

A more detailed overview for the patient regarding the processing of their personal data when using the service is described in the patient information notices (PINs).