Czech Republic: Three Quarters Of All Czech Hospital Health Workers In Favour Of Using eHealth Tools

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 12:19 GMT Jump to Comments

An employee satisfaction survey carried out in Czech hospitals as part of the Czech Republic Hospitals 2010 project shows that health professionals have a strong interest in using the latest eHealth tools.

According to this survey, nearly 75 % of hospital employees believe their job would be made easier with a free tool enabling them to provide up-to-date patient health information on a continuous basis. Moreover, the majority of these providers have experienced a situation where a patient is unable to give accurate and valid information about their current health status. In addition, more than 85 % of respondents support the possible introduction of IT that would facilitate their work, while offering high potential for health care savings.

The results of this survey, conducted in 160 local hospitals with 4 500 health workers taking part, were substantiated by current statistics, where nearly 19 000 doctors registered at the IZIP electronic health records (EHRs) system (EZK, in Czech).

This EHR system enables doctors to perform an examination with the latest medical information of a patient at their disposal. The system notifies medical staff about test results previously stored in a patient's EHR. Through EHR, a doctor is easily able to search for all tests and examinations a patient has undergone. Health care workers and patients increasingly benefit from eHealth primarily on the basis of their experience. "For us doctors, it is important that communication between multiple doctors is possible without paper-based medical reports, their subsequent reissue and phone calls to get test results," said Dr Eva N?mcová, an ophthalmologist at General Hosptial Znojmo.

"A Healthcare Institute survey reveals that most medical staff in Czech hospitals realise the benefits of the computerisation of health care. More and more doctors are using electronic medical files, hence tens of thousands of new records by registered doctors, medical personnel and equipment are taking place on a daily basis," said Ji?í Pašek, the head of IZIP.

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