Biomedical informatics in Switzerland: need for action By Christian Lovis and Jürg Blaser

” BMI is only marginally recognised in Switzerland, unlike in many other countries, including the USA. Recent major changes, however, such as the future federal law on electronic patient records, the personalised health initiative or the growing empowerment of citizens towards their health data are adding weight to the need for BMI capacity-building in Switzerland.

In Switzerland, a new federal law regulating the shared electronic patient record is currently being discussed at the political level. This law promotes the use of electronic health services, eHealth and, in particular, the rollout of electronic patient records. Implementation of the electronic patient record is expected to improve patient safety and increase in the efficiency of the healthcare system, while empowering patients. The law will introduce mandatory use of the electronic health record for inpatients with some limited financial incentives.”

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