Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Health in Latin American and the Caribbean: Electronic Health Records: Progresses and Next Steps

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Dec 2020
To promote the digital transformation of health systems, it is essential that the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have solid regulatory frameworks that facilitate the implementation and use of digital solutions. This study identifies the key aspects that the regulatory frameworks should include to promote the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems and analyzes the progress and areas for improvement in 26 countries in the region. Based on the analysis of 115 legal texts, the study addresses the progress and pending tasks of the region in terms of legislation for the implementation of EHR, data protection, actions of health professionals, patient rights, interoperability and use of interoperability standards.