Society • 04 September, 2018

By 2020, entire population of Kazakhstan to be provided with electronic health passports — Birtanov

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To date, 11 million personal records have been generated in local, regional, medical, information systems. Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov announced this today during the briefing following the meeting of the Government.

Electronic passports represent the cells of medical information systems, where data are stored for each citizen attached to a particular polyclinic.

"Today, for all 17 regions, there is a transition to paper-free documentation, including in polyclinics. 97% of medical organizations have information systems installed and use electronic passports as they become available," the Minister of Healthcare said.

As Birtanov noted, for today 11 million personal records have already been formed.

"In October we plan to launch a central platform, that is, the central server of the Ministry of Healthcare, where all passports will be transferred and copied. Thus, there will be a single repository and independently, whether a person will move from another region, all data from the moment of birth, seeking medical help, referring to ambulance, observation in polyclinics will be conducted in a single electronic passport. This is such a kind of life-long medical history," Birtanov explained.

As the minister noted, by 2020, 100% coverage of all citizens of Kazakhstan is planned, that is, the entire population of the country will have such a record.

"In addition, we will legislatively fix the responsibility for the safety of these data and the right of citizens to give access to medical workers," he said.

In turn, Head of the Health Department of Astana K. Nadyrov said that today more than 1.65 million people are affiliated with the city's polyclinics, 93% of them already have electronic health passports.

"As part of digitalization in the health care system, a lot of work is being done. All medical organizations of the city are 100% equipped with information systems, computers. More than 80,000 medical records have been digitized, that is, health certificates are updated daily and thereby help improve the quality of medical services," added Nadyrov.

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