Costa Rica News – The Unique Digital Health File (EDUS) is now up and running in the Ebáis and hospitals throughout Costa Rica. This allows health centers to share information necessary for adequate patient care. It also allows the patients themselves to see the results of their tests within hours.
Gone are the days of millions of paper files, some that were volumes long. While the EDUS system won’t be at 100% for the next year, it is already making a difference. Most of the 1,072 Ebáis and 29 hospitals in the CCSS are connected.
In many emergency situations, a patient might not have copies of his paper file or be able to recall details from lab tests. A doctor can now pull up MRI results in the emergency room even if the test was done in another hospital.
It also helps see abuses in the system. For instance, a doctor could clearly see that a particular patient was going from hospital to hospital trying to get disability. It also saves the CCSS money by avoiding duplicate tests because results are now more easily available.