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Patient Summary

At the 4th Art. 14 eHealth Network meeting on 19 Novermber 2013 in Brussels, guidelines were adopted to make it possible to share basic health information for a patient across borders. 

The guidelines aim to enhance continuity of care and ensure safe and high quality healthcare as set out in the Cross-border Healthcare Directive. The basic information for a patient, according to these guidelines, includes both administrative data, e.g. personal information, details of healthcare provider in home country and insurance information, and clinical data, e.g. information about allergies, vaccinations and recent surgical procedures.

Speaking at the eHealth Network meeting, Paola Testori Coggi, Director General for DG Health & Consumers, European Commission, said "The adoption of these guidelines is a landmark agreement on EU cooperation on eHealth. This is where we really begin to see a concrete outcome on collaboration in eHealth for the benefit of patients, after years of discussion."

  • Good for patients: The guidelines make it possible for patients, upon explicit request, to have a summary of their electronic health record available when visiting another Member State. This means that in the event of planned, unplanned or emergency care, the doctor in the country of treatment will have an electronic overview of the patient, and a set of basic administrative and medical information, which will improve patient safety.
  • Good for national authorities: Currently, many EU countries are in the process of developing their own national electronic health records. As well as providing guidance at EU-level, these recommendations could give national authorities valuable reference both on the procedure and the content of their national patient summary records.

​​In preparation of this important outcome, during the 3rd eHealth Network meeting in May 2013 in Dublin, the members of the eHealth Network took already a big step in promoting the cross border electronic exchange of data and requested the eHGI to elaborate Guidelines on patient summary set of data for electronic exchange under the Directive 2011/24/EU to be adopted during their 4th meeting in November 2013.

Download: "Guidelines on Minimum/Nonexhaustive Patient Summary Dataset for Electronic Exchange in Accordance with the Cross-border Directive 2011/24/EU"


The Joint Action e-Health Governance Initiative JA-EHGov has recieved funding from the European Union, In the framework of the Health Programme.
The project SEHGovIA is Thematic Network and Is partially funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICTPSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Framework Programm by the European Commission.