Department of Health
- The Government will subsidise eligible persons to receive screening service for prevention of colorectal cancer.
- Electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHealth) facilitates authorised public and private healthcare providers in accessing and sharing participants' electronic health records for providing timely treatment and follow up.
Frequently asked questions
Is it a pre-requisite to use Clinical Management System (CMS) On-Ramp or other software provided by the Electronic Health Record (eHR) Office or any electronic medical record (eMR) systems in order to join eHealth and PPP programmes (e.g. Colorectal Cancer Screening Program)?Expand
- Participation in eHealth serves as a facilitation in participating PPP.
- There is no absolute pre-requisite for using any eMR system to join eHealth or PPP. Minimal IT requirements for connecting with eHealth are set out by eHR Office.
- Data required to be collected for certain PPP e.g. Colorectal Cancer Screening Program will be directly captured in the PPP platform (not directly from any local eMRs).
Will endoscopy record be shared in eHealth? If not, is there any plan to share in near future, especially in the context of the colorectal program?Expand
- Sharable scope is defined based on clinical need and data readiness in respective healthcare providers' computer medical systems.
- Sharing of such data within the sharable scope should be essential for providing healthcare to the patients.
- It was defined in the Domain Groups established under the Steering Committee on Electronic Health Record Sharing in eHR Office, with wide range of stakeholders and expertise representation. The scope of sharable data will be reviewed from time to time.
- We will consider expanding the scope of endoscopy record sharing in eHealth.
- The Programme was launched in 2014, and has been rolled out to cover all 18 districts in Hong Kong. It aims to help the Hospital Authority (HA) manage demand for general outpatient service, enhance patient access to primary care services and provide choice to patients having follow-up at HA GOPCs for receiving primary care services from the private sector. It also helps promote family doctor concept and foster the use of the territory-wide Electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHealth).
- Target participants are patients of the HA GOPCs with hypertension and/ or diabetes mellitus (with or without hyperlipidemia) and clinically stable. Participants of the Programme are required to also join eHealth.
- Each participating patient will receive up to 10 subsidised visits per year, including medical consultations covering both chronic and episodic illnesses; drugs for treating their chronic conditions and episodic illnesses to be received directly from private doctors at their clinics; and investigation services provided by the HA as specified through private doctors' referral.
Project on Enhancing Radiological Investigation Services through Collaboration with the Private Sector (Radi Collaboration)
- The Radi Collaboration Project, implemented since 2012, provides computed tomography (CT) and/ or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services to specific groups of cancer patients under the care of the HA. Clinically eligible patients may, upon doctors' referral, receive radiological examinations from participating service providers.
- Eligible patients are invited to join the Project on a voluntary basis under full subsidy and can choose their service provider out of the HA's list.
- Under patients' consent, examination results will be sent back to the HA through eHealth for clinicians to formulate subsequent care and treatment plan.
- To meet the growing demand from cataract patients and shorten the waiting time for cataract surgery, the CSP was launched in February 2008 to subsidise eligible patients to undergo cataract surgeries in the private sector.
- Participating private healthcare providers are allowed to enter their patients' clinical information and view their patients' medical records kept at the HA through eHealth.
- To cater for the growing demand of haemodialysis service for end-stage renal failure patients, the HD PPP was launched in March 2010.
- Clinically suitable end stage renal disease patients, as assessed by Nephrologists of the HA, are invited to join the Programme voluntarily to receive HD treatment in one of the partner community HD centres of their choice.
- Through the eHealth, community HD providers can access the clinical information of participants while the community HD treatment records are made available to clinicians of the HA taking care of the patients.
- With an ageing population in Hong Kong, an increasing need for long term care services is expected. The HA collaborates with an NGO, Po Leung Kuk, to enhance the choices of infirmary care services for applicants on the Central Infirmary Waiting List managed by the HA.
- The invitation will be made according to the applicants' registration dates on a first-registered-first-call basis.
- To cater for the growing demand for colon assessment, the HA has launched the Colon PPP to provide subsidy to eligible patients to receive specialist services including clinical assessment, colonoscopy procedure and explanation of results. For patient requiring biopsy and/or polypectomy, the performing private specialist will send tissue specimen for histopathology examination and discuss follow-up treatment plan with the patient if appropriate.
- Subject to the availability of programme quota, the HA has started inviting patients who are currently on the waiting list for colonoscopy in public hospitals, classified as stable cases, and fit for home bowel preparation and colonoscopy under ambulatory setting by batches according to their registration dates and clinical conditions.
- Invited patients will then attend designated HA clinics to undergo assessment and submit enrollment forms. Patients also need to register for the eHealth so that patients' medical records and investigation results can be shared between the HA and participating private doctors.
- The Programme was launched by the HA in 2019 on a pilot basis in Hong Kong West Cluster, Kowloon Central Cluster and New Territories East Cluster. It aims to provide patients with the choice of receiving private specialist services in the community, help the HA manage demand for specialist services and test the model of delivering specialist care via public-private partnership.
- Target participants of the Programme are clinically stable glaucoma patients currently taken care of by HA Ophthalmology Specialist Outpatient Clinics in the above clusters. Eligible patients will be invited by the HA for voluntary participation.
- Each participating patient will receive up to four subsidised consultations per year including specified glaucoma drugs; and investigation services of up to one Visual Field test and one Optical Coherence Tomography scan per year to be provided by participating private ophthalmologists.