What will this mean for an Irish patient on holiday or temporary stay in an another EU country?
- You are travelling to another European country for a conference, and then intending to enjoy a few days of sightseeing. Since you were ill on a previous trip, you check, before travelling, how to make your health data available in case you may need to consult a health professional when abroad. When away, you feel unwell. You find a health clinic offering “My Health @ EU” services. You present yourself to the doctor and show the relevant identification document. The doctor should explain how your health data is processed cross-border, and may also ask for your consent to access your health information through your Patient Summary.
- The doctor receives your Patient Summary, in their own language, through a secure digital channel. It provides essential health data relating to, for example, any allergies you may have, recent medication, previous illnesses and your surgical history. It helps the doctor ensure safer and better healthcare when you are in a country of travel. In case your Patient Summary is not available, you should consult your national responsible authority to understand how you may be able to benefit from these cross-border services. For questions related to reimbursement issues, please consult the Europa website.