The Norwegian Directorate of Health (the Directorate) serves Norway’s population of just over five million citizens in the areas of public health and living conditions as well as health services. It is responsible for monitoring the conditions that affect public health and living conditions and monitoring the trends in health and care services. It provides advice and guidance to government, and ensures that approved policies are implemented in the health and care area.
October, 2015: The Directorate needed to find ways to implement national public health policies that:
Increase patient safety
Improve interactions between health services
Increase patient empowerment
In an effort to overcome the challenges caused by Norway’s health information silos, the aim was a national registry providing critical information in real time to appropriate clinicians. “Nasjonal Kjernejournal” (“the national EMR core”) was planned in order to ensure important patient information that was difficult to obtain and, once obtained, was of varying accuracy, would henceforth be accurate and easily accessible.