Make sense of: France’s online medical records

Anyone with a Carte Vitale can sign up for a dossier médical partagé (DMP), a personal online medical records system.

It keeps information from medical sources in one central place – as opposed to keeping records at home and taking them to appointments.

The service is free and is also available for children.

Currently, having a DMP is optional but from July 2021 everyone will be given one unless they opt out. 

Only patients and professionals to whom they allow access may consult and add to the file and you can also hide items on it if you wish.

It can also be accessed by the emergency services if required.

Just under 13% of people currently use one of these but the national body in charge of the Cpam service, the Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie (Cnam), is convinced this will soon increase significantly.

A DMP can contain, for example, hospital and X-ray notes, blood tests, allergies, important medical procedures undertaken, blood groups, medicines prescribed and delivered, and contact details.

Information can be added by doctors and by patients.

There is also an option to consult it via a ‘DMP’ mobile phone app, meaning you have your records to hand anywhere, which may be useful if you are on holiday and need to see a ...

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