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Factsheet :: European Patient Smart Open Services

epSOS, eHealth initiative to support medical assistance while travelling and living abroad

2 July 2008

Travelling around the European Union is taken for granted, until something goes wrong. The european patient Smart Open Services project (epSOS) intends to remove linguistic administrative and technical barriers, by making it easier for people to receive medical assistance based on their medical history, even when they are away from their home.

The project is a first step in addressing problems faced by doctors treating patients who seek health treatment when abroad. These problems include re-supplying essential medication that a patient has lost or forgot, communicating medical situations to foreign-language doctors, diagnosing illness and prescribing proper medication with little knowledge of patient history.

Commission Recommendation of 2 July 2008 on cross-border interoperability of electronic health record systems in all languages: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32008H0594:EN:NOT

Additional Information

See also: eHealth Policy

Contact:

eHealth@ec.europa.eu