Electronic medical records to be applied nationwide from March hinh anh 1Health care facilities are required to apply electronic health care record before 2028. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - First-class health care facilities nationwide under the management of the health ministry are required to apply electronic health care records starting from March 1, according to a circular issued by the ministry.

Other health care facilities are required to apply the records before 2028.

According to the circular, electronic medical records must include information from old paper records and the signatures of people in charge of information accuracy.

Facilities must ensure personal information privacy as stated in the online information security law and update the records no later than 12 hours after patients have health checks or are hospitalised.

In case a check-up lasts more than 12 hours or a technical problem occurs, the deadline for recording updates is no more than 24 hours.

The electronic medical record application will follow two periods. From 2019 to 2023, first-class health care facilities must upgrade their systems to apply the technology. Other facilities should make preparations to get ready for the application.

From 2024 to 2028, all health care facilities across the country will have to replace paper medical records with electronic ones.-VNA