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Latvian deputies shocked about the inaction in realization of e-health initiative

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Wednesday, October 21, deputies of Saeima Public Expenditure and Audit Committee and Social and Employment Matters Committee expressed their shock in regards to the lack of progress and unwillingness of responsible institutions and their officials to realize the e-health project in Latvia.

Deputies requested officials to explain why Latvia still does not have a fully functional e-health system. Deputies were also presented a full report from State Audit on the flaws uncovered in the process of the project’s realization. Nine years have passed since the launch of e-health project in Latvia. Healthcare Ministry has invested EUR 14.5 million. Unfortunately, neither the information system nor services part of e-health project are available to residents, as concluded by State Audit. There is also the risk that EUR 11.3 million allocated from European Funds may be declared as improperly used.

«What is most troubling is the fact that many doctors and medical personnel still know nothing of the e-health programme. It presents a clear signal to authors of the project, because even though a long road has been covered, we still see no result. Our committee continues following this project very closely to make sure it is realized properly,» – said the head of Saeima Social and Labour Affairs Committee Aija Barca.

Chairman of Saeima’s Public Expenditure and Audit Committee Andrijs Berzins said ‘this project must not be allowed to lose money provided by European funds or create any kind of burden for the state budget’. Deputies of the committee have set terms for Healthcare Ministry and National Health Service to carry out and report on recommendations provided by SA. In addition, SA will have to submit regular reports to the committee in regards to results of introduced recommendations.

E-health is a special healthcare model for patients. Using this service, doctors, patients and healthcare institutions cooperate by using communication technologies in order to properly organize and provide optimal medical treatment to patients.

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