Editorial

Helicia Herman Measures taken in the course of healthcare assistance can, in certain cases, cause harm to patients, even if originally the aim was to help.   A European study revealed that nearly four European citizens out of five (78%) considered medical errors in their country as a serious problem.   Reacting to errors on the basis of a reporting system o

Investing in IT

Authors Lorin M. Hitt, Alberto Vitale Term Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.   Nick Beard, M.D., Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Email: [email protected]   Hospitals seeking rapid returns on their information technology (IT) inv

Author Nick van Terheyden, MD Chief Medical Officer, Philips Speech Recognition Systems Email: [email protected]   Real-time availability of clinical information will improve patient safety Medical errors occur in any part of the treatment process and typically involve the wrong medication, improper treatment, or incorrect or...

Hospital IT Award

Authors Steffen Hayna 1 , Werner Krämer 1 , Paul Schmücker 2 1 Diakonissen-Stiftungs Hospital Speyer 2 University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, Faculty of Informatics, Germany Email: [email protected]   The wide-ranging implementation of the electronic patient card (EPC) is still a hotly debated issue....

Based on the Plug-in Architecture CARAMEL Authors Stefan Brüggemann 1 , Martin Rohde 2 OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology, Escherweg 2,26121 Oldenburg, Germany 1 [email protected] 2 [email protected]   The development and operation of the Epidemiological Cancer Registry of Lower Saxony is being supported by the in...

Authors Dr. Holger Pschichholz, IT Department , University Hospital Freiburg Agnesenstraße 6-879106 Freiburg, Germany Email: [email protected]   Dr. Johanna Feuchtinger Quality and Development in Care, University Hospital Freiburg Breisacherstraße 6279106 Freiburg, Germany Email: johanna.f...

eHealth Developments

Authors Teemu Paavola, CEO LifeIT Plc Koskenalantie 16, FI-60220 Seinäjoki, Finland Tel. +358 (0)6 429 8800 Fax +358 (0)6 429 8801 Email: [email protected]ifeit.com   Kari Mäkelä Professor of Telemedicine,Tampere University of Technology Koskenalantie 16, FI-60220 Seinäjoki, Finland Tel. +358 (0)6 429 8800 Fax +358 (0)6...

Authors Dr . Marzio Della Santa , MPH, Project Leader Dr. Giuliana Corà, Scientific Collaborator Dr. Ignazio Cassis, MPH, Cantonal Doctor Department of Health and Social Affairs, Republic and Canton of Tessin, Bellinzona (Switzerland) www.retesan.ch Email: [email protected] Health is one of the principal preoccupations...

In 2005, the association of healthcare IT manufacturers (VHitG) launched an initiative to permit the exchange of intersectoral information and structured documents in a medical context. The objective was to work on a selection of therapeutic procedures and to promote an exchange of data and process information leading to integrated care, as well their development between the ambulatory and residential...


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