Healthcare is increasingly occurring in networks. These are networks between patients, care providers, colleagues and organisations conducting research and contributing to the improvement of quality. The application of modern ICT techniques in healthcare, eHealth, contributes to the interaction between the parties in such networks. Nictiz is the centre of expertise for eHealth and helps to enable these connections in different ways. As such, we at Nictiz are conducting research and are involved with large national eHealth programmes. We are also monitoring eHealth trends and we interpret these to help with the establishment of Netherlands national policies of various parties, such as the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, nation-wide umbrella organisations and the Informatieberaad Zorg (national healthcare consultation). We are also a partner in national programmes aimed at exchanging information in healthcare such as MedMij. Enabling the exchange of information requires information standards. Nictiz develops and manages these standards and provides advice on their implementation. We provide these information standards and medical terminology via our help centre. Professionals developing eHealth applications can also come here with their questions and for advice.
‘Nictiz works towards better health through better information’
An overview of the most important players in the field of exchange of patient data in the Netherlands. It gives an impression of how patient data are stored in the Netherlands, or among which systems these are exchanged.