- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Czech Republic’s Healthcare Digitization Faces Hurdles as Key Areas Remain Non-Functional, Says Supreme Audit Office
The digitization of healthcare in the Czech Republic has encountered significant obstacles, with key areas of the system remaining non-functional, according to a report by the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ). The audit identified deficiencies in sharing medical data about patients, which is critical for the efficient functioning of the healthcare system.
The NKÚ conducted an examination of the funds allocated for enhancing the efficiency of the healthcare system and developing the infrastructure and administration of electronic healthcare between 2019 and 2022.
The audit revealed that the proposal for healthcare digitization was submitted late and lacked essential components. The Ministry omitted crucial aspects related to emergent records, personal health records, and the index of health documentation. Consequently, one of the fundamental objectives, patient-oriented healthcare, was not realized.
As a result, there is currently no reliable system for sharing patient data beyond documentation required for hygiene and anti-epidemic activities. This deficiency means that doctors are unable to efficiently access all necessary patient information, particularly in critical situations, hampering their ability to provide prompt and effective care.
The Ministry has postponed its target for achieving the set goals in healthcare digitization until 2026, further delaying progress in this crucial area. The delayed implementation of electronic healthcare raises concerns about the effectiveness and accessibility of medical data, which is vital for healthcare professionals.
Addressing the existing obstacles and ensuring the functional sharing of information among healthcare professionals is imperative to enhance the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery. To achieve this, the Ministry must prioritize the fulfillment of the patient-oriented vision and expedite the implementation of the electronic healthcare system.
Immediate action is required to address the deficiencies in the healthcare digitization process, ensuring that all key areas are functional. Collaboration between government agencies, healthcare providers, and technology experts is essential to overcome the current challenges and successfully digitize the healthcare system, ultimately benefiting patients and healthcare professionals alike.
Article by Prague Forum