Latvian minister puts on hold e-health system’s third stage

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Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele has decided to put on hold commencement of the third stage of e-health system to instead clarify planned activities, organize priorities and give more time to Healthcare Ministry and National Health System, so that they are able to meet with e-health users’ representatives and discuss planned activities with them, as confirmed by Viņķele’s advisor Edgars Skvariks.

Viņķele said she wants to receive clear information about recent accomplishments and planned tasks. «We need a clear border between what was accomplished in such projects before my approval as minister, and what is planned to be done during my term,» said the minister, adding that NHS has submitted a list with approximately 50 errors uncovered in the e-health system.

To ensure functionality of the next stage of e-health and compatibility with other platforms used by doctors and users, an e-health users council will be organized to discuss everything.

»Until I am certain we’re walking the right path, I see no reason to coordinate commencement of the third stage. We don’t need to re-invent the wheel, so the process shouldn’t take a long time. At the same time, it should be said that some solutions had been considered three years prior. We need to outline priorities to avoid situations when we receive something that is no longer needed by our users,» said the minister.

The minister has also proposed reviewing the database tool mentioned in the Healthcare Financing Law to make sure finances are used appropriately.

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