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Implementation of key recommendations for the electronic patient record and current status

General Secretariat of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, Federal Office of Public Health

Key facts

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) conducted a follow-up audit on the implementation of recommendations at the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). These stem from the 2019 audit on the introduction of the electronic patient record (EPR). The majority of the recommendations focused on improvements in view of the planned introduction in April 2020. Since then, additional problems have arisen and existing ones have worsened. The main reason for this lies in the basic legal principles established around 10 years ago, such as the decentralised, private-sector organisation of the EPR. Due to this development, the recommendations from 2019 far from cover the current need for action to ensure the successful introduction and further development of the EPR.