The Unified Healthcare Information System (UIS) is a prerequisite for using telemedicine technologies, which have been officially permitted by the legislation since the beginning of this year.
The Regulations set out the UIS objectives, functions, structure and maintenance procedure, the time and manner for submitting information, the list of parties involved in the information exchange and how this is carried out, as well as requirements for protecting the information stored in the unified system.
UIS sub-systems include registers of healthcare professionals and healthcare providers (telemedicine services may only be provided by registered entities), an electronic reception desk, an information and analytical sub-system for monitoring and controlling medication procurements for state and municipal needs, etc.
Information providers must use a qualified electronic signature when working with the UIS. Appendix 1 to the Regulations details which data are to be submitted and when. For instance, a healthcare provider must submit information about its staffing table, equipment, income and expenditures and other requisite details within five business days of these data being updated.
Privately owned healthcare providers do not have to submit information to the UIS until 1 January 2019.
Within the next four months, the Russian Healthcare Ministry must endorse the regulatory acts needed for the UIS to function as stipulated by the Regulations.
1 In furtherance of Article 91.1 of the Federal Law on the Fundamentals of Public Healthcare.
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