The Electronic Health Record Sharing System Bill was introduced into the Legislative Council on 30 April 2014. Under the Bill, a legal framework is formulated for the establishment of the Electronic Health Record Sharing System (“System”) which will facilitate the more effective sharing and use of health-related data and information of consenting individuals.
An electronic health record (“eHR”) is a record in electronic format that contains an individual’s health-related data or information, such as diagnosis, adverse reactions/allergies, medications, medical procedures, vaccination records and laboratory test results. The System seeks to establish a platform for health-care providers (e.g. hospitals and clinics) which can upload/access the eHR of a consenting individual for health care purposes, with a view to streamlining health care across the territory.
If the Bill is passed within this legislative session, the Government aims to commence operation of the System by the end of this year at the earliest.