Dear Reader, Isolated communities pose a special challenge for the European model – to provide access and deliver highquality healthcare to everybody, everywhere. Telemedicine already offers some solutions. As revealed by our Cover Story, the emerging e-Health wave promises far more.   e-Health projects such as the Baltic Health Network demonstrate the inherent connection between cros


The International Educational and Networking Forum for e-Health, Telemedicine and Health ICT The Luxexpo Exhibition and Congress Centre at Luxembourg was, once again, host to the 5th Med-e-Tel conference (April 18-20), which attracted more that 400 participants and 40 exhibitors. One of its most popular sessions - “Mobile e-Health Solutions” - featured the World Health Organization’s “mHealth

Berlin’s International Exhibition and Conference Centre (Messe Berlin) held a high level e-Health Conference as part of the e-Health Week (April 17-19).   A joint project of the European Commission, Germany’s Federal Health Ministry, the Berlin regional government and the Association for Social Security and Research (GVG), the conference had the theme: “From Strategies to Applications”, an

France has witnessed a sea-change in awareness about healthcare IT, with two of three establishments saying they are “highly dependent” on information systems (against just one of five in 2005, according to CLUSIF - Club de la Sécurité de l'Information Français).   Such a transformation in perceptions was apparent at the Hit Paris Congress (May 22-24, 2007), a Grand Tour on the reallife imp

As part of Berlin’s eHealth Week, ITeG 2007 (International Forum for Healthcare IT) was so far one of this year’s most prominent healthcare industry events (alongside Telemed, eHealth Conference 2007, KIS Conference and IHE Connectathon). In comparison with last year’s figures, ITeG 2007 saw exhibitor numbers rise from 273 to 288; however, visitors to IteG this year fell slightly to 3,552, from 3

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What is I2010 ? The European Union’s i2010 initiative aims at providing teeth for the digital economy of the future. Launched on June 1, 2005, i2010 is comprised of a framework of regulatory instruments, research programs and industry partnerships. Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner responsible for the Information Society and Media, explains both the underlying context and vision behind i2010. For many

EU Drives For Common, Improved and Meaningful Standards Charter on Patient Rights On March 15, 2007, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on cross-border healthcare, insisting on the EU’s obligation to guarantee absolute protection of health and reinforce patients’ rights. Alongside, Parliament also noted the need to establish a legal framework for cross-border healthcare arrangements

With a balance sheet of 289 billion Euros at the end of 2006, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is no minnow. And yet, few outside the inner corridors of the EU and the world of Big Finance are aware of its reach, influence and impact.   The Luxembourg-based EIB was created by the EU’s founding Treaty of Rome in 1958. Its shareholders are EU Member States, whose Finance Ministers constitute the

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Author HBreununnin-Sgc hmidt CIO of the Nordjylland Region, Denmark.   As the European Union continues to removes barriers between its Member States for the movement of goods and services, it is natural that healthcare delivery should also breach borders. e-Health today offers a boundless landscape of possibilities for healthcare to all concerned. In spite of continuing challenges, e-Heal

Author EAlrlevne, KCahtrhisritninea Ean. Wd Canlasucsher DPeudeedraslen International Office of MedCom www.medcom.dk.   Point-to-point cross-border e-Health has been initiated and tested in the Baltic e-Health project, a project part financed by the European Union under the BSR INTERREG IIIB programme, and, so far, the results are promising.   The limitation of the system is, howe

One of the strongest facets of current hospital reforms is a growing drive to raise the efficiency of information gathering and sharing at the point-of-care. Speech-recognition technology is a good case in point. It is convenient for healthcare professionals, who have traditionally relied on jotting down notes or speaking into a cassette recorder; these were then transcribed for filing in a computer databa

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ECRI Institute, a non-profit organisation, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research in healthcare to uncover the best approaches to improving patient care. As pioneers in this science for nearly 40 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research.   ECRI’s focus is medical device technology, healthcare ris


Author Kjell Borthne Chief Medical Officer of CARDIAC as.   Modern hospitals offer a wide variety of services within a broad field of clinical care, specialties and research, as well as medical support services. Diagnosis, treatment and care therefore, tend to consist of complex processes involving multiple individuals, technologies, procedures, and application of knowledge and expertise.

Author DMre. lJicahna rK NHS Consultant.   The UK public healthcare IT programme [National Programme for IT (NPfIT)] is a classic example of a top-down grand plan for a public IT system that will not deliver but will cost up to £20 billion. This is due to the familiar inability of these 'grand projects' to actually involve those on the ground at the initial planning stage and to subsequent

Offshore IT is principally about India. Indian IT firms pioneered the offshore IT delivery model – not the Americans, as is often assumed.   Secondly, for over 15 years, Indian IT has involved much more than low-end coding (or, for that matter, contact call centres, which account for barely 5% of Indian IT revenues). Indeed, by the mid-1990s, IT firms in India claimed more US Defence Departmenti

Author William Goossen Results4Care, Netherlands. [email protected]   Many countries currently develop their national strategic projects to achieve a safe and unified exchange of patient information in healthcare. Such developments and projects demand sector wide use of international standards. The challenge in such development is to combine the information needs at a national level, fo

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is the centrepiece of efforts by regulators and industry to integrate healthcare IT/ information systems at both the national and international levels. Its overriding purpose is to improve the quality of patient care and reduce healthcare costs. Nevertheless, several barriers remain to be overcome before EHRs are adopted on a large scale. Firstly, there are major technolo


Author JRaønb erg-Larsen Senior Key Account Manager, Telenor Nordic.   In an ambitious two-phase project, the new 220,000 m2 St. Olav’s Hospital is being built on the site of the existing hospital near downtown Trondheim, Norway. Telenor was chosen as the main supplier of ICT infrastructure and integration services. The Osloand US NASDAQ-listed company is one of the world’s fastest g

Author Simo Pietilä IT Manager, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa.   The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) is a federation of municipalities established in the year 2000 in Finland’s southern coast. Its 1.5 million inhabitants are serviced by 21 hospitals, which employ close to 20,000 health care professionals and treat approximately 475,000 patients each year.

Author Tony Stanley AMP NETCONNECT Business Unit, Tyco Electronics.   Most network issues have an impact on the efficiency of an organisation, but occasionally they can directly affect human lives. This was a key consideration in the planning of Belfast City Hospital’s new oncology building, a state of the art centre employing the latest equipment for cancer diagnosis and therapy. &

What’s In This Standard for Healthcare IT Managers ? Even as European healthcare IT professionals brace themselves to understand the shifting contours of the emerging e-Health wave and cope with its implications, regulatory developments in yet another sphere are appearing on the horizon.   The ISO (International Standards Organisation)/ IEC ((International Electrotechnical Committee) 27799

Country Focus: Nordic Countries

Health systems in the Nordic countries have a long heritage. They are principally financed by public funds or compulsory health insurance schemes. All countries, however, require co-payments by patients for hospital care and medicines.   The Nordic healthcare system is especially well-established with regard to primary and preventive healthcare. These couple into sophisticated occupational health

Drivers of healthcare IT in the Nordic countries follow the general pattern in the OECD – in terms of the need for patient-centricity, service-orientation and cost-effectiveness.   All Nordic countries rank high in terms of e-Health readiness indicators, as well as healthcare and IT/Internet infrastructure. Indeed, the World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index for 2006/07 is dominated by

HITM:The Nordic Region is Seen to have Some of the Most Advanced Healthcare Systems in Europe. What do You Think are the Reasons for this ? Pentti Itkonen (PI): Nordic systems are taxation based, locally administrated and every citizen has equal access to services. The markets have only a little influence on the functions of health care systems. At the political level, equity and equality are importan

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