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Towards an Integrated Health Information System in the Netherlands

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Twenty-first century health systems have to be built around data and information. An integrated health information system enables the secure flow of data to where they can be used, to provide information to strengthen integrated care delivery, enable public health monitoring and management, and foster medical and health research and innovation. This report describes the requirements and the benefits of an integrated health information system; outlines the current situation in the Netherlands in the context of progress across OECD countries; and recommends legal, policy and operational changes to overcome barriers to the efficient exchange and sharing of health data and to establish an integrated health information system.

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The strengths and weaknesses of the current Dutch way of managing health and social care data

This chapter describes the key strengths and limitations of the Dutch health system in terms of establishing an integrated health information system. It examines key legislation and policies, health data infrastructure and health data interoperability for several purposes including direct patient care, measuring health care quality, developing personal health environments, and enabling research infrastructures for the life sciences and the social sciences. Several key strengths and advantages are identified. But the chapter highlights some of the problems brought about by a fragmented, market-based system for smooth exchange of, and access to, health data for various purposes that are in the public interest. The chapter identifies the need for a generic, co‑ordinated policy strategy towards digitalisation that is under the stewardship of the central government and includes a broad array of stakeholder groups in its design and implementation.

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