Strict access controls
Nexuzhealth hospitals, including UZ Leuven, maintain strict access controls in this respect. Only care providers directly involved in the care/treatment process have access to a medical dossier. The care provider’s position plays an important part in this process, e.g. whether they are a doctor, nurse or pharmacist. However, other elements also specifically determine who is, or isn’t, involved in the care process and consequently needs access to certain parts of a dossier at a specific time.
Registration of each dossier consultation
Similar to any other hospital employee, anyone who consults a medical dossier is bound by professional confidentiality. Any consultation or change of a medical dossier is registered. This can result in a high number of registrations, but sometimes it relates to people who are only very briefly involved in a treatment process, e.g. the person who puts out a chemotherapy drug or the person who brings a patient from their room to the operating theatre. They are also registered but will only have access to a fraction of the medical dossier, which they require to fulfil their task. Data can consequently only be exchanged if there is an existing relationship of care or, in exceptional cases, if it involves a critical lifesaving situation.