Many years ago, a person's medical records comprised a few sheets of paper, such as photocopies and printouts of test results, in a folder. Over the past few decades, however, these simple folders have been transformed by the digitalisation process.
The concept of electronic health records (EHRs) was put forward in Hong Kong in 2008, with the aim of building up lifelong and more comprehensive digital health records for members of the public. Launched in 2016, the "eHealth" system in Hong Kong enables two-way sharing among public and private healthcare providers, which can facilitate the provision of more timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment for patients.
The implementation of EHRs also serves an even bigger purpose. According to Dr Yang Xian, Assistant Professor of the Department of Computer Science and an expert in natural language processing for EHRs, the digitalisation of health information has provided insights into the development of personalised healthcare.
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