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epSOS - legal and regulatory perspectives

epSOS (Smart Open Services for European Patients) focuses on electronic patient record systems and operates within a complex policy environment. The initial focus is on cross-border access to Patient Summary data sets and ePrescriptions. epSOS has been conceived of as a pilot project designed to take place on a large scale, initially involving 12 EU-Member States, but expanded to 25 Participating Nations (PN) during the course of the projcet.

The project will demonstrate that - based on European collaboration and the commitment of the Participating Nations - it is possible to improve the quality and safety of healthcare provided to patients outside their usual country of residence, through  sharing of patient health information for the purpose of receiving better and more informed treatment abroad.