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Sharing medical records between healthcare providers must be done via internet

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Effective date: Not yet known

Are you a healthcare provider? You must share medical records with other healthcare providers via the internet. Read more.

What changes?

Are you a healthcare provider? If you share medical data with other healthcare providers, this must be done electronically (via the internet) and not via, for example, paper, fax, or DVDs. The goal is to prevent mistakes and improve communication.

  • Agreements will be made about language requirements and the use of the same professional terms.
  • The systems that healthcare providers use to exchange data must communicate better with each other.
  • There will be a NEN standard (Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute) to standardise the exchange of data.
  • There will be mandatory certification for the IT products and services you use when sharing medical information.
  • As a start, it will be mandatory to exchange medical prescriptions electronically.

For whom?

  • healthcare providers
  • healthcare professionals
  • providers of IT products and services
  • certifying agencies


It is not yet known when the Electronic data exchange in healthcare Act (Wet Elektronische gegevensuitwisseling in de zorg, Wegiz) will come into force.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the Upper and Lower Houses (Eerste en Tweede Kamer) of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant (Government Gazette, in Dutch).

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