Open evidence, in consortium with Empirica, is working on the Interoperability of Electronic Health Records in the EU study. The overall goal of the study is to obtain a comprehensive, reliable and validated overview of the current situation in the EU with regard to the development of interoperable Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems that benefit patients.

Interoperable national and regional Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems–linked across Member States-are core elements in current policy. Among the “important challenges that prevent digital health and care solutions from being adopted across the EU”, are lack of “access to health data [by both citizens and healthcare professionals], diversity of Electronic Health Records, lack of technical interoperability and access to digital health services.”3

Such data and information are mandatory as input for further evidence-based policy making in this field, and for developing and implementing programmes and measures to deal with barriers and deficits as well as for  promoting enabling and facilitating factors identified.

Communication on enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market; empowering citizens and building a healthier society,{SWD(2018) 126 final}, p. 5.