There are a couple of updates which will make e-residents’ lives even more easier and open up new opportunities.
In spring 2016, Estonian and Finnish prime ministers signed a document for launching data exchange and e-services between Estonia and Finland. According to the plan, both counties will make their databases mutually available. This means that cross-border access to digital prescriptions will be available by 2017-2018 and patients full medical history by 2018-2019. The aim of this declaration is to improve healthcare in both countries as doctors and patients will have access to all the data needed.
Digitalized healthcare data becomes increasingly important, because people are moving and traveling more and more. Many people already use different devices to track their health and physical activity. Thanks to e-healthcare system every doctor in every clinic or hospital could see patients full medical history in order to provide the best treatment. Patients don’t have to figure out which illnesses they had in childhood or what kind of prescriptions doctors have written. Deputy Secretary General on e-services Development and Innovation Ain Aaviksoo said “The United States and several Asian countries are also interested in the e-health system and its support services developed in Estonia.” We can expect more counties to join this co-operation.
Second update concerns banking. One of the reasons why e-residents have to visit Estonia is when they want to open a bank account. This process is about to change. Soon there will be possibility for locals and for e-residents to open bank account via video call. That means a foreigner can open bank account in Estonian bank from anywhere in the world. This process will need IT-systems that cannot be manipulated by third parties. There already are some systems that allow identifying people from distance. The credit-establishment is made responsible for the security and decides whether they allow client to open an account or not.