Welcome Message

Our vision is to develop a territory-wide Electronic Health Record (eHR) system. It would serve as a fundamental infrastructure in underpinning healthcare transformation, removing the boundaries between different healthcare professions providing different levels of care in different sectors.

Public Private Interface – Electronic Patient Record sharing Pilot Project (PPI-ePR) is the first step towards this goal. PPI-ePR has provided a proof-of-concept on the feasibility and acceptability of eHR sharing amongst healthcare providers and patients in general. The pilot has also provided valuable experience and insights into the potential challenges of implementing eHR sharing system on a wider scale. Thus its future evolution will form essential building blocks for the future eHR sharing infrastructure. We will also work on how best to engage patients and private healthcare professionals already registered in PPI-ePR to the eHRSS upon the eHRSS launch by the first quarter of 2016.

What is PPI-ePR?

The growing popularity of web technology has created a new window of opportunity for information communication, dissemination and assimilation. Hospital Authority (HA) has tried to harness this technology to achieve quality patient care in Hong Kong. Thus, HA rolled out PPI-ePR since April 2006, using a secure platform to enable registered private practitioners access to ePR of consenting individual patients. The PPI-ePR Project implemented a web-based electronic system to allow integrated, real-time patient-based information to be shared among clinics, private and public hospitals. This presents a much advanced step in information sharing between the public and private sectors. Such sharing aimed to ensure that complete and accurate healthcare information is available to Hong Kong citizens, via various healthcare providers, through a secure and stable IT system. This could also reduce the healthcare cost by minimizing repetitions of investigations, and minimize risks of medical error by obtaining up-to-date medical history and allergy information available at the point of care.

Up to 12 March 2016, the PPI-ePR pilot has thus far enrolled over 493,000 patients, 3,600 private healthcare professionals, and over 1,462,000 numbers of ePR access have been made by the participating private hospitals, other private or non-governmental organizations providing services related to healthcare, such as residential care facilities and community centres. For easy identification by the public, healthcare providers participating in PPI-ePR would be issued with the project label for display at their premises of practice.

Each registered patient will be given a personal identification number. With the patient’s consent, private healthcare provider registered in the project can view the patient’s clinical information online, such as discharge summaries, diagnosis, procedure codes, laboratory/radiology results, medication orders, allergies and future appointments.

Security and Confidentiality

In order to safeguard patients’ privacy and confidentiality, sensitive data and important identifiers such as name, address, date of birth, Hong Kong identify card number, user password and patient access key stored in the system, are encrypted using Triple DES encryption algorithm and also protected by firewall.

In order to ensure that access to the clinical records is provided to the authorized person only, a two-factor authentication process is used. The enrolled healthcare professionals are given two factors of identification, the first being their log-in ID and password, plus a second factor in the form of a security token. Security token provided a more reliable user authentication than passwords, with changing number displayed on the token generated by the server at one minute interval. In order to successfully log into the system, the patient enrolled in the project would also be required to produce his or her own password. Additionally, whenever the records are being accessed, a SMS message will be sent immediately to the patient’s or the applicant’s mobile phone alerting him / her as such. All of the above security measures are in place to ensure data confidentiality, and have been found to be satisfactory following both external and internal audits.

Patient Corner

Public-Private Interface-Electronic Patient Record Sharing Pilot Project (PPI-ePR) Decommissioning Announcement

With the territory-wide Electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHRSS) in smooth operation, PPI-ePR will be decommissioned on 30 September 2020. To continue sharing electronic health records, PPI-ePR participants are invited to register with eHRSS via the ‘Easy Registration’ website (https://ppimig.ha.org.hk) before 30 September 2020, or through other existing methods afterwards. Please visit the eHRSS website (https://www.ehealth.gov.hk) for details.

For enquiries, please contact PPI-ePR Programme Office.
Telephone: 3467 6220
Email: ppi.epr@ha.org.hk
Website: http://www.ha.org.hk/ppp/ppiepr

Remarks
1.With the launch of eHRSS on 13 March 2016, all application in PPI-ePR is no longer accepted and processed.
2.From 1 September 2019 onwards, PPI-ePR will provide online services from 08:00 to 21:00 (Monday to Saturday). You are welcome to join eHRSS which offers 24-hour online services.
3.When medically necessary, a patient may authorize his/her private medical practitioner to contact the Hospital Authority’s responsible doctor to obtain his/her medical information.

PPI-ePR will be gradually phasing out. To continue sharing electronic health records, from mid-December 2018, HA will extend invitation SMS to PPI-ePR participants to register with eHRSS. If you receive the invitation SMS from HA, please register with eHRSS via the ‘Easy Registration’ website https://ppimig.ha.org.hk. For enquiries, please contact us at 3467 6220.
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Healthcare Professional Corner

Public- Private Interface-Electronic Patient Record Sharing Pilot Project (PPI-ePR) Decommissioning Announcement

With the territory-wide Electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHRSS) in smooth operation, PPI-ePR will be decommissioned on 30 September 2020. PPI-ePR healthcare professionals are cordially invited to register to eHRSS in order to continue sharing electronic health records. Please visit eHRSS website https://www.ehealth.gov.hk for details.

For enquiries, please contact:
Electronic Health Record Registration Office
Telephone: 3467 6230
Fax: 3467 6099
Email: ehr@ehealth.gov.hk
Website: http://www.ehealth.gov.hk
Address: Unit 1193, 11/F, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong

Remarks
1.With the launch of eHRSS on 13 March 2016, healthcare professional application in PPI-ePR is no longer accepted and processed.
2.From 1 September 2019 onwards, PPI-ePR will provide online services from 08:00 to 21:00 (Monday to Saturday). You are welcome to join eHRSS which offers 24-hour online services.

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