Dear Reader,   Telemedicine is rapidly spreading across Europe and the rest of the world as an integrated part of healthcare networks and systems.  This development brings with it opportunities to improve healthcare across vast geographic areas, provides remote training for healthcare professionals and offers new technologies and possibilities for improving healthcare information systems

The European Association of Healthcare IT Managers (HITM)

2006 is an important year for HITM as we establish the groundwork for the association’s membership and future development. We have already been busy spreading the news about the association’s formation and building collaborative partnerships with other organizations involved in European healthcare IT. On 10-12 May, HITM was invited by the European Commission to attend the eHealth 2006 Conference in Mal

As the only pan-European association dedicated to healthcare IT management, HITM offers its members unique opportunities to: + Participate in advocacy groups that impact EU healthcare IT legislation. + Share your knowledge with and learn from the experiences of your peers. + Learn industry best practices and standards. + Attend the HITM annual General Assembly, Congress and other special events.

Industry News

The latest figures published 30 May 2006 compare biotechnology sectors across some 18 European nations and the US. The report finds that European and US biotechnology industries both have around 2000 companies, but the US sector employs nearly twice as many people, spends around three times as much on research and development, raises over twice as much venture capital, and has access to 10 times as much de

EU Section

Author Sonja Planitzer Title: Editor European Affairs Organisation: Euromedical Communications Email: [email protected]   European institutions - This is the second part in a series which covers the structure and operations of the EU institutions. In the first of the series (Winter 2006), Helicia Herman introduced the European Commission (EC) and details of the EC Directorate-Gener

Author Sonja Planitzer Title: German Editor Organisation: Euromedical Communications Email: [email protected] Website: www.emceurope.com   + Lobbying Your MEPs Currently there are about 15,000 lobbyists in Brussels (consultants, lawyers, trade associations, corporations, NGOs) seeking to influence Commission officials and MEPs in their decision-making process. Officially, MEPs a

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ECRI (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute) is a nonprofit health services research agency and a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization (WHO). Such organisations are appointed to contribute to the WHO’s public health mission by providing specialised knowledge, expertise and support in the health field to the WHO and its member nations. ECRI's mission is to improve the safety, qua

Cover Story

Author Bill Crounse, MD Title: Healthcare Industry Director Organisation: Microsoft Corporation Email: [email protected] Website: www.microsoft.com For a copy of the references contained in this article, please contact [email protected]   About the Author Bill Crounse, MD, is Healthcare Industry Director for the Microsoft Corporation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr

Authors Arnaud Runge Title: Biomedical Engineer Organisation: European Space Agency Email: [email protected] Website: www.esa.int/telemedicine-alliance   Cristina Bescos Title: TMA-Bridge Project Manager Organisation: Consultant for the European Space Agency Email: [email protected] Website: www.esa.int/telemedicine-alliance   Marie Diop Title: Policy & L

Author Martin Braecklein Title: Head of Telecare Organisation: Corscience GmbH & Co. KG Email: [email protected] Website: www.corscience.de   Heart-related diseases and disorders are abundant in the western world. Around 500,000 cases of sudden cardiac death, over three million patients with atrial fibrillation and about 600,000 heart attacks are a significant factor in the


Author Asuman Dogac Title: Director Organisation: Software R&D Center, Department of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University Email: [email protected] Website: www.metu.edu.tr   The Interoperability Challenge Today’s eHealth information systems are proprietary and often only serve one specific department within a healthcare facility. This means it is i

Author Kevin Gillick Title: Executive Director Organisation: GlobalPlatform Email: [email protected] Website: www.globalplatform.org   2006 will see the deployment of 85 million smart cards in the government and healthcare sectors, according to forecasts from the industry body, Eurosmart. For a sector that faces complex administrative challenges, such as the healthcare

Authors A.V. Bogdanov Organisation: Institute for High Performance Computing and Information Systems, Russia Email: [email protected] Website: www.csa.ru   A.B. Degtyarev Organisation: Institute for High Performance Computing and Information Systems, Russia Email: [email protected] Website: www.csa.ru   Yu.I. Nechaev Organisation: Institute for High Performance Computing a


Author Gayle Vernon Simkin Name: Gayle Vernon Simkin Title: Chief Information Officer Organisation: Catholic Healthcare West, USA Website: www.chwhealth.org   For a copy of the references contained in this article, please contact [email protected]   Background of the Outsourcing Agreement There is a story behind every outsourcing agreement. In 2001, Catholic Healt

Author James Griffith Title: Senior Vice President, Outsourcing Organisation: ACS Healthcare Solutionss Email: [email protected] Web: www.acs-hcs.com   For a copy of the references contained in this article, please contact [email protected]   When to Consider Outsourcing Information technology outsourcing is used by the majority of hospitals today. Results

Best Practices

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Country Focus:Italy

Healthcare System & Administration Italy has a national health plan (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale), which provides universal coverage for hospital and medical benefits, however about 30% of the population has contracted additional private health insurance. The Italian public healthcare system is decentralised and is based on three levels: the State, region and local health boards. The State is res

Author Francesco Sicurello Title: President Organisation: Italian Association of Telemedicine and Medical Informatics Email: [email protected] Website: www.aitim.net   For a copy of the references contained in this article, please contact [email protected]   Health Informatics and Telemedicine in Italy The development of Health Informatics and Telemedicine in

Authors Dr. Marco Masseroli, Ph.D. Organisation: Politecnico di Milano, Italy Email: [email protected] Web: www.biomed.polimi.it/BioIntro/english/people/research/Masseroli.htm   Francesco Pinciroli Organisation: Politecnico di Milano, Italy Email: [email protected] Web: www.biomed.polimi.it   For a copy of the references contained in this article, ple

Movers & Shakers: Industry Interview

Author Eric Poiseau Title: It Manager Organisation: Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Europe Web: https://ihe-europe.net/   Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Europe Please Tell Us a Little Bit About IHE Europe, How was it Started and What are Your ‘Hot Topics’ for 2006/07? IHE is a non-profit organisation sponsored by professional bodies and healthcare supplie

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