The digital prescription ranked first in the category of e-health and environment projects at a e-service contest

The contest held under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications revealed the best e-services in Estonia. In the category of e-health and environment, the first prize was awarded to the digital prescription project initiated by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Health Insurance Fund.

The assessors said that despite the issues surrounding the launch of the project, the service has simplified the life of patients as well as doctors and quickly transformed the realm of healthcare in Estonia. The winner of each category will have the honour to represent Estonia at World Summit Award (WSA) 2011, i.e. the contest of the world’s best e-solutions held in April (www.wsis-award.org).

“I would like to thank everyone involved for their excellent work,” said Hannes Danilov, the member of the board at the Health Insurance Fund. For the second time in a row, a project of the Health Insurance Fund can participate in a worldwide contest. The first project concerned the information phone of family doctors that won the award of the best new service in the public sector in 2005 and was sent to the UN contest. At this contest, we received a nomination, but no award. Now we will have another try," rejoiced Hannes Danilov.

Erki Laidmäe, the manager of the digital prescription project, emphasised that the work on the digital prescription started as far back as in 2005. “Last year, our main efforts were aimed at launching the system and, as a result, at the moment digital prescriptions make up nearly three fourths of all prescriptions issued in Estonia. It was very nice to read the results of the health survey conducted among the population by Saar Poll in late 2010 where 91% of the users of the digital prescription voiced their satisfaction or full satisfaction with the system. However, there is always room for improvement and we will keep working in this direction,“ said Laidmäe.

All in all, the contest included 71 new Estonian e-solutions.

The certificate of honour of the Estonian Medical Prescription Centre can be viewed here.