Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip encourages Lithuania to improve the accessibility of electronic health services for citizens, especially as regards electronic prescriptions.
Andrus Ansip
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Ansip, who is visiting Lithuania, said that in Sweden, which is often given as an example in Lithuania, all prescriptions are issued electronically, whereas in Greece 90 percent of prescriptions are issued this way. The European commissioner pointed out that in Lithuania only 0.45 percent of all prescriptions were issued electronically in 2013.

Lithuania began developing its e-prescription system back in 2012. The service was scheduled for launch in November 2014 but the deadline was pushed back to the summer of 2015. E-prescription system was introduced to doctors and the public in June 2015.

Earlier Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said that 170 public hospitals and 4,000 pharmacies would join the system during the first stage of development, i.e., by November.

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