22 Jul Insights Behind Iceland’s Successful Personal Health Data Movement
According to a report last Thursday, Iceland announced it will provide every citizen with a digital copy of their medical data, making it the first nation to give people total control over their personal healthcare records.
Iceland has its own patient-facing Application Program Interface (API), a feat yet to be achieved by other countries. The Icelandic Directorate of Health (DoH) will make medical data accessible through an app called Digi.me.
The Digi.me allows users to collect and select information such as emails, photos, social media updates, as well as information from other databases like the API and banking records.
The data system was tested on 100 doctors in 3 healthcare facilities. Findings revealed that 80% of patients were engaged in reviewing their notes, 70% said they were following medications better, and 99% said the system must continue.
To date, Iceland will also include financial records in the data system.
Source: Mobile Ecosystem Forum