Philips collaboration creates Dutch national portal for Covid-19 patient data sharing


Philips Interoperability Solutions has collaborated with Jeroen Bosch Hospital in S-Hertogenbosch, Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, and the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to build an online portal that allows Dutch hospitals to digitally and seamlessly share COVID-19 patient information with one another, for example to move infected patients between hospitals to share the burden and not overload individual hospital critical care units. The new portal was built on top of Philip’s existing XDS Cloud document sharing service, which allows patient data to be sent digitally in a secure manner. Now 95% of Dutch hospitals are connected to the portal, and it is still available to the remainder.

Specific information like a patient’s radiology images, reports and patient summary is shared via the portal, as opposed to it being linked directly to an individual hospital’s Picture Archiving and Communication System, Electronic Patient Dossier, or pathology department systems. To comply with GDPR and wider privacy regulations, the originating hospital and the patient must give their express and explicit consent to the sharing of the data, and then it is instantly available to a receiving hospital. The portal also fully complies with the ISO27001 information security standard and the Dutch-specific healthcare sector information handling NEN7510 standard.

“Philips is offering a solution for sharing patient data between hospitals quickly and securely“

Chief Information Officer at the Erasmus Medical Centre, Simon Vermeer, said: "In this time of crisis, Philips is offering a solution for sharing patient data between hospitals quickly and securely. Sharing patient data needs to be done in a secure way and the current solution is often to send a USB stick or DVD. I am extremely proud that we were able to implement this portal together with the government, Jeroen Bosch Hospital and Philips in this short term to support care for patients with COVID-19. I would also like to express my gratitude to the teams at all the organizations that have worked hard on this.”

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