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Dossier médical partagé: Four-million can’t be wrong

Some four million people have signed up for a Dossier Médical Partagé (DMP) – a new kind of digital safe for their health data and medical history.

A quarter of those have signed up since last Christmas, according to official figures, and it is hoped that 10 million will have joined by the end of the year.

A dossier can be created at the official dmp.fr website, at a pharmacy or with your healthcare insurance body (Cpam) or GP if they are equipped to do so.

A short questionnaire allows data such as blood group and allergies to be included. Your health body then adds a history of the last two years of reimbursements. The results of X-rays and blood tests can also be included, as can details of medicines that you take.

It is not obligatory to have a DMP but it is likely to be especially useful if you often consult different doctors or if you may change your GP in the future, or in the event of an accident.

Emergency services doctors could access it for information about your health conditions and medications you are taking (unless you have stated opposition to this).

Patients can access their data at any time.

The DMP is designed so that each health professional can access documents only as necessary.

The holder of the dossier can limit or prohibit access to data to any healthcare professional

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