Summary care records collate information from multiple sources and make this information available to both yourself and healthcare professionals.
You can help to improve your own Summary care record by entering information in your record. This will help to give healthcare professionals a more complete picture of you and your health. This information could include:
Next of kin - people who you want healthcare professionals to contact if you fall ill.
Special communication needs - information on challenges relating to vision, hearing, speech or language.
Medical history - previous health conditions or diseases which healthcare professionals should be aware of.
Critical information in the Summary care record is health information that could be vital for healthcare professionals to know in an emergency. This is information that could influence the type of examination, treatment or follow-up that is chosen by a hospital.
This information will usually be entered in consultation with you when you have a doctor's appointment or receive treatment. Critical information will not be added to your Summary care record until your doctor has registered it.
Examples of critical information include:
- Severe allergies or hypersensitivity reactions, such as allergy to penicillin, previous narcosis issues, etc.
- Implants, such as prostheses, pacemakers, etc.
- Important treatment that you are receiving, such as dialysis.
- Changes to treatment routines and decisions that deviate from the normal routine, such as blood transfusion, life-prolonging treatment, etc.
- Rare, severe conditions, such as haemophilia.
Information which is not recorded in the Summary care record:
- all previous diagnoses
- notes from your Patient records
- blood test results and other examination results
You can create a digital donor card in your Summary care record. You can also add one or two people who know whether you consent to being an organ donor. These could be family, friends, colleagues, your GP or neighbours, but they must be over 18 years of age.
More information about organ donation (in Norwegian)
Your Summary care record will contain a summary of the medicines that have been dispensed to you via e-prescription or paper prescription by Norwegian pharmacies, in addition to nutrients and consumables. You will also see a list of your current prescriptions. Medicines you have purchased without a prescription, received from an out-of-hours medical centre, hospital or nursing home, or purchased abroad will not be shown.
When your Summary care record is created, the list will show your current e-prescriptions. Any prescription drugs dispensed by pharmacies before your Summary care record was created will not be displayed. As you collect drugs from pharmacies, these will also be added to your Summary care record. This also applies to paper and telephone prescriptions.
Your drug history summary will cover up to the past three years.
Information about your contacts with hospitals and the specialist health service will be added to your Summary care record. Your appointment history may also include appointments with contracting specialists, i.e. specialists with an agreement with the public health service, such as dermatologists or cardiovascular and lung specialists.
"Contact" means the time and place of any examinations and treatment received from the specialist health service, such as hospitals. Examples of contacts are outpatient appointments or admissions. This information will be entered in your Summary care record, so that healthcare professionals can obtain a complete picture of your health.
The information given in your appointment history will date back to the 1st of January 2008. It may take four weeks or more from your attending a hospital before information about your appointment appears in your Summary care record.
Covid-19 related test results in your summary care record
The test results themselves are not stored in your summary care record. When healthcare professionals open a test result in your summary care record, information about the test results will be retrieved from the Norwegian Surveillance System for Communicable Diseases (MSIS).
All actions will be logged, so you can see if somebody has viewed your test results.
Log of Summary care record usage
All searches for information are logged and you can keep track of which healthcare professionals have opened your Summary care record.
The log provides a simple overview of the date, name, event, and the reason why your Summary care record was opened.
There will be a delay of one week before the name of the healthcare professional appears on helsenorge.no.