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In the headlines: E-health, through the electronic patient record, and remote medicine are in the spotlight this week.
Project of the Confederation and the cantons, the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) is a central element in the development of e-health and is regulated by the EPR law. According to this federal law, this instrument “aims to strengthen the quality of medical treatment, to improve patient treatment processes, to increase patient safety, to increase the efficiency of the healthcare system and to promote patient competence in healthcare”.
In terms of remote medicine, the use of telehealth exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the reason why doctors would be able to send patients Zoom link in the future for remote consultations. Zoom’s mobile browser client would allow patients to simply click a link sent from their providers to join a telehealth appointment, nixing the need to download an app.
In the other hand, Swiss pharmacies now offer teledermatology. Indeed, the start-up Onlinedoctor’s app for skin problems is now also used in more than 200 pharmacies in Switzerland. Thanks to its app designed for pharmacies, a specialized diagnosis is obtained from a dermatologist. After a few hours, the pharmacy receives a written, specialized assessment. Patients can be supplied with medication or care products directly on site.
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