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C.difficile ? OneStep - One Test 4 targets Greiner Bio-One GmbH | Bad Haller Straße 32 | A-4550 Kremsmünster Phone: (+43) 75 83 67 91-0 | Fax: (+43) 75 83 63 18 | E-mail: OneStep ahead Genspeed® C.diff OneStep - The new molecular way of detecting C. diff • OneStep diagnostic algorithm: 1 Assay - 4 Analysis: GDH, toxin A/B and binary toxin • Simple pre-analytics and inter-lab comparability of results • Detection of predictive marker for recurring C. difficile-colitis • Fast turnaround time - results in under 100 min (total time varies with cycler used) C.diff OneStep 3NEWS & MANAGEMENT e still seeks an onic health recordthis failed attempt it was decided that any such development had to be considered as a long-term commit- ment and could not be implemented precipitously. The objectives had to be reconsidered. Thus, in 2009, it was announced that a new DMP format would be launched in 2010. Online in December 2010, from the 5 January 2014 all French citizens with a Social Security number would be able to create their personal medical dos- sier. By 2012 the programme still had not met its objectives with only 6,000 medical professionals using the system. In 2014, Marisol Touraine launched the Second Generation DMP that would be administered completely by Social Security. According to the Health Law of 20 January 2015, the DMP now known as the d’ossier médical partagé’ (shared) will be accessible to all chronically ill and their healthcare professionals in order to share the entirety of the patient’s medical history. How it should work A DMP can be created at the demand of a patient, doctor or healthcare provider. In the latter two cases the patient must be informed and their consent received before the record is created. To create a DMP, the healthcare provider or doctor needs compatible software, or to connect to the dossier via the internet. Patient access is by internet only. The dossier belongs to the patient and they con- trol the healthcare provider’s access to it. Any patient with a ‘Carte Vitale’ and a national social security (SS) number can create a dossier. A doc- tor or healthcare provider has to be registered with a smart card and know the patient’s SS number. Patient secure access depends on their SS number and a password via a pro- tected HTTPS site. All data are stored in France. IT obstacles The system’s initial failure was blamed on the internet provider for not creating a usable framework in a timely fashion. Since the 2009/10 relaunch, history has repeated itself with computer problems being cited as a major source of trouble; specifi- cations have not been met, repeated resignations from managers, techni- cal failures in digitisation of docu- ments etc. The fact that the project was ini- tially the domain of the IT world, with no consultation with the end- user, leads directly to another large drawback, lack of enthusiasm from healthcare professionals who, accord- ing to the Minister of Health, are not taking the programme on board. Interestingly, 85% of French people are, in principle, in favour of the idea. The burden of work to update the DMP falls to the general practitioner (GP) – the person least likely to profit from the system. Until now, no remu- neration is received for the task and therefore the DMP remains a hidden cost for the GP, with little obvious utility. The most likely beneficiaries from improved quality of care are the patients, accident and emergency ser- vices – due to a better understanding of the patient – and the health insur- ers, due to a better vision of costs. In addition, as it stands today the DMP is far from the utopian dream of its 2004 conception. Its creation is not an obligation as originally planned; therefore there is little incentive for patients to have one. It is also no longer the uni- versal sharing of potentially life- saving information envisaged, because the patient decides what is included in the dossier and which medi- cal professionals, includ- ing the emergency services have access. Whatever the future of EHR in Europe, one important thing to con- sider is cost. By January 2015, only 500,000 dossiers, (many of which are empty!) were opened in France, for an average cost of €1,200 each. This is 10 times higher than the original estimates. Details: White elephant or a long-term healthcare investment? Phone: (+43) 75836791-0 | Fax: (+43) 75836318 | E-mail:

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