The development of a territory-wide Electronic Health Record (eHR) Sharing System is one of the healthcare reform proposals put forward by the Government in 2008. The new system will provide an essential infrastructure for access and sharing of participating patients’ health data by authorised healthcare providers in the public and private sectors. The objective is to enhance continuity of care, promote public/private sector collaboration and improve quality of healthcare delivery.
The full development of the eHR Sharing System is a 10-year, two-stage programme. The majority of the provisions of the Electronic Health Record Sharing System Ordinance (Chapter 625) have commenced operation on 2 December 2015. Meanwhile, development of the Stage 1 system has been completed and the system will commence operation in the first quarter of 2016.
Participation in eHR sharing is on a voluntary basis; healthcare providers and recipients may choose to participate according to their needs and give their joining consent to the eHR Sharing System. After obtaining the sharing consent from a healthcare recipient, the healthcare provider can upload and access the recipient's eHR, mainly including diagnosis, adverse reactions/allergies, medications, medical procedures, vaccination records and laboratory test results.