Brussels Health Network:  Opt for sharing your patients’ health records

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Brussels Health Network:  Opt for sharing your patients’ health records

The Brussels Health Network enables care providers to exchange computerized documents for the same patient (examination results, medical reports, correspondence, etc.).

The aim is to facilitate patient care. The system provides:

  • A global view of the patient’s health history
  • Immediate and secure access round the clock, year round
  • Better cooperation by and between doctors and the multidisciplinary team
  • Administrative simplification
  • Aid for but not replacement of diagnosis
  • A framework for continuity of care

All hospitals and the majority of general practitioners in the Brussels Region are connected to it.

The data accessible on the Brussels Health Network can come from healthcare institutions located anywhere in Belgium.

The Brussels Health Network is the tool that enables you to share patient data electronically and securely.

The Brussels Health Network is the tool that enables you to share patient data electronically and securely.

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New rule for the validity of prescriptions

A new rule is applicable for the validity of your prescriptions as of 1 November 2019. See the video that explains this new rule.

  •  A prescribed drug could be previously dispensed by a pharmacist without time limit while health insurance reimbursed the expenditure of this drug “until the end of the 3rd month following the date of prescription”.
  • As of November 1, 2019, the period of time during which a pharmacist can dispense a drug and the period of time it is reimbursed by the healthcare insurance are aligned.
  • As of November 2019, your prescriptions are valid 3 months by default. You remain free however to adapt the validity period of your prescriptions to  either less than 3 months  or up to 1 year maximum. So do not forget to note explicitly the “end date of execution” on your electronic or paper prescription.

Advantage of this new regulation?

A simpler and more transparent system for prescribers, pharmacists and patients alike, this rule makes it possible above all to “stick” better to the reality of the evolving health of each of your patients.

Which prescriptions are concerned by this new rule?

All prescriptions from general practitioners, specialists, dentists and midwives.

Prescriptions for pharmaceutical supplies are also covered but not for bandages.

New paper models of prescription and proof of prescription:

They can be used as of 1 November 2019 and will be mandatory as of 1 February  2020.

By way of reminder, the electronic prescription becomes mandatory as of 1 January 2020, when the “paper” prescription will be authorized in exceptional situations only.

For more information, go to the website of the INAMI  [National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance].

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