Within just six months, around 120 hospitals and 700 care homes from 14 cantons have connected to axsana’s EPR. The Swisscom Health specialists support the institutions both during operation in a test environment and in the subsequent technical connection to the productive environment. What about the onboarding of patients?
“We run our own certified patient record opening offices,” explains Samuel Eglin. “In addition, together with Swisscom and other partners, we have developed a mobile onboarding system – for use in care homes, for example. However, the EPR will only be suitable for use by the masses once we can offer the population the option of opening records online. That’s something we’re working on.” Yet the most important building block for the success of the EPR lies at the political level, emphasises Samuel Eglin: “Only after the changeover from the current opt-in principle to an opt-out approach has been completed, will the EPR fulfil its role as defined by the legislator. We are involved in political initiatives to achieve this.
After all, it wouldn’t do for such a costly system as the EPR to only be used by a minority.”