The Slovenian Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Public Health (InÅ¡titut za varovanje zdravja - IVZ, in Slovenian) are cooperating in 'Smart Open Services for European Patients' (epSOS), the main European electronic health (eHealth) interoperability project co-funded by the European Commission and partner countries.
The technical, legal and organisational concepts developed within the framework of the project are subject to an extensive practical testing phase. During the first phase, the project will test cross-border eHealth services in the following areas: patient summary (access to important medical data for patient treatment) and the use of electronic prescriptions (ePrescription or eMedication systems). This testing will be carried out by certain participating countries through to the end of 2011. The second testing phase will mark epSOS enlargement - it will integrate the 112 emergency services; the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC); and patient access to their data.
Slovenia will be among the countries involved in the exchange of test data in 2012, which is foreseen to take place initially with Austria and Slovakia.
epSOS is expected to make a significant contribution to patient safety by reducing the frequency of medical errors and by providing quick access to documentation.
epSOS focuses on improving the medical treatment of European citizens while abroad by providing health professionals with the necessary patient data in case of unexpected, unscheduled or planned care, while respecting standards that are based on integrity, respect, consent and transparency of information and behaviour according to national and European legal regulations. As of January 2011, the project consortium consists of 47 members from 20 EU (23 as of September 2011) member states and three non-EU countries.