"The transparent patient" is a buzzword that leaves many with a feeling of unease. Yet, in order to develop the best possible therapy, a transfer of patient data may well be required. That is why the Verband der Universitätsklinika Deutschlands (VUD) (association of university clinics in Germany) has announced a new type of networked patient record. It aims not only to supply the treating physicians with all the information they require about the individual course of the disease and therapy, but also to make this data accessible to clinical and biomedical research. Findings from medical care could then be adopted into research more quickly, and similarly, current results from science could be used more readily in therapy and care, and therefore for curative treatment.
In the paper which has just been published , "Bessere Gesundheitsversorgung durch eine vernetzte und forschungskompatible Patientenakte" (better healthcare through networked and research-compatible patient record), the association describes how this networked patient record could be implemented. The principles for this are currently being developed as part of the medical informatics support initiative based at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Following this, the networked patient record is expected to be rolled out initially in university medical circles, and subsequently then also in cooperation with local GPs and non-university clinics.