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An integrated system for electronic patient data is only used by about two thirds of all hospitals in the EU, while every fifth hospital still uses hard copy data. Furthermore, the way patient details are collected and stored differs widely within the European Union.

This is having a detrimental effect on both the development of the market within the EU as well as innovation in the health sector. Now the pilot project epSOS, which is financed by the EU, is supposed to be the foundation for the exchange of patient data.

It is still unknown in which direction the infrastructure of the future will develop. However, the trend to use electronic patient files seems inescapable, but is probably more likely to be based on national contact points, or rather facilitators, between doctors.

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