E-health is beginning to take shape in state hospitals, and within two years paperwork is expected to be a thing of the past, Health Minister Philippos Patsalis has told the Cyprus News Agency, adding that the project was being financed by EU structural funds at an estimated cost of €35 million.
“Right now contracts are in the pipeline and we are doing everything that needs to be done to enable us to go out to tenders within two to three months so that we can digitise patients` files and other documents,” he said.
Information about a patient now kept in files at state hospitals, the minister said, would be crosschecked to avoid duplication and all work would be carried out electronically so that doctors could have everything they needed in terms of patient data; medical history, analyses, radiographs, notes and prescriptions.
At the same time, he said, through e-health, all electronic, administrative, financial and accounting data would be processed.
“We will have a better picture of what supplies we have, we can have better control and management, because everything related to health be it of a medical, scientific, administrative or financial nature will be in electronic form which will be communicated to doctors,” he added.
E-health, he added, could be linked to what exists in the private sector and to the National Health Scheme when it is up and running.
The minister said this would result in huge savings and avoid duplications. (CNA)