NORDeHEALTH – Learning from the Nordic Experiences of Patient Online Record Access
Hägglund, Maria; Kharko, Anna; Bärkås, Annika; Blease, Charlotte; Cajander, Åsa; DesRoches, Catherine; Fagerlund, Asbjørn Johansen; Hagström, Josefin; Huvila, Isto; Hörhammer, Iiris; Kane, Bridget; Klein, Gunnar O.; Kristiansen, Eli; Moll, Jonas; Muli, Irene; Rexhepi, Hanife; Riggare, Sara; Scandurra, Isabella; Simola, Saija; Soone, Hedvig; Wang, Bo; Zolbin, Maedeh Ghorbanian; Åhlfeldt, Rose-Mharie; Kujala, Sari; Johansen, Monika Alise
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The Nordic countries are forerunners in online record access (ORA) which has now become widespread. The importance of accessible and structured health data has also been highlighted by policymakers internationally. To ensure the full realization of ORA’spotential in the short and long term, there is a pressing need to study ORA from a cross-disciplinary, technical, clinical, humanistic, and social sciences perspective that looks beyond strictly technical aspects. In this viewpoint paper, we explore the policy changes in the European Health Data Space (EHDS) proposal to advance ORA across the European Union, and introduce a Nordic-led research project that carries out the first of its kind, large-scale international investigation of patients’ ORA; NORDeHEALTH. We argue that the EHDS proposal will pave the way for patients to access and control third-party access to their electronic health records (EHRs). This will have implications within Europe and globally as it will further extend the boundaries for accessing and using EHRs for primary and secondary data use. Research such as that led by the NORDeHEALTH project is essential in guiding the design and implementation of solutions to meet the requirements of the EHDS proposal. Further international collaboration and research are needed to ensure that socio-technical and contextual factors are considered to ensure successful and secure implementation.