Dear Reader, Like Project European Union, e-health is a multispeed, multi-layered and multi-directional creature – and differences sometimes seem to strongly outweigh commonalities. But like several optical illusions; it is important to step back a little to gain real perspective, and do this from time to time. Visions require reality checks. Reality too can sometimes do with a vision boost.  


The European Association of Healthcare IT Managers (HITM) is a non-profit pan-European umbrella association of all relevant national healthcare IT associations in Europe.   Believing in the fundamental importance of unifying healthcare IT professionals at European and global levels, HITM is committed to increasing the professional authority and responsibility of healthcare IT managers and represen

Tieto and Intersystem Create Swedish National Electronic Health Record InterSystems has announced the initial stage of the Swedish National Patient Summary project. The first Electronic Health Record for Sweden has been launched, which is a vital part of the implementation programme of the National IT Strategy for the healthcare and welfare sector in Sweden.   The project aims to improve pa

IBM Outlines New Model for Healthcare IBM has announced a major healthcare study of Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH) that underscores the critical need for a new model of care. It is committed to primary-care based, coordinated, proactive, preventive, acute, chronic and longterm and end-of-life care, which are identified as a possible foundation for the reform of today’s healthcare system. &nbs

IPOD Touch to Access Patient Data and Diagnostic Images At Jung-Stilling Hospital in Germany, doctors are using an iPod Touch to access patient data and diagnostic images at the hospital bedside. Through the wirelessly-connected iPods, which are loaded with PACS software, the staff can take information including patient information, test results, x-rays, MRIs and CT scans directly to the patients. &

Tender for Development of the Balearic Islands Electronic Health Record IB-Salut, the health service of the Balearic Islands, awarded Fujitsu Services in conjunction with their technology partners Oracle and Orion Health their tender for development of the “The History of Health” ("La Historia de Salud").   The goal of this tender is to transform the area's existing model of dispersed hea

Sant Pau Hospital and Philips Pioneer Healthcare Technology Partnership Model The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona and Royal Philips Electronics have signed a 10-year agreement. Philips will be responsible for the provision, maintaining and replacement of medical equipment. It will provide the hospital with consistent access to leading imaging technology solutions, designed around its

The MIC 2009 congress will take place in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, on November 26 - 27, 2009. The program will consist of workshops and presentations. The main focus will be on Care and ICT. Besides the call for workshops, the congress will offer the possibility to present or demonstrate a product.   The event is organised by VMBI in collaboration with the National IT Institute for healthcare in

Diskobolos is an annual event organized by JISA, the Union of ICT Societies of Serbia. It aims to award the most qualitative breakthroughs in the application of information and communication technologies in the fields of healthcare, finance, administration, education, etc. This year the Diskobolos will take place on December 22, 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia.   For more information please visit: www.ji

The second international CST conference on electronic healthcare will be held September 23 - 25, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey. The event offers the opportunity of bringing together experts from the industry field, global healthcare institutions and academics in order to share experience with world healthcare service providers and policy makers.   The main focus during the congress will be on investiga

EuroMISE Centre, The European Centre for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology together with the Institute of Computer Science of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Statistics and Epidemiology and Guarant International Ltd. are organising the 30th Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics. It will be held on August 23 - 27, 2009 in Prague. &nb

The European Health Telematics Observatory (EHTO) is taking part in the CENTERIS’2009 conference in Ofir, Portugal on October 7 - 9, 2009. This event will be coorganised by the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave and the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro.   The public will consist of academics, scientists, IT professionals, managers and solution providers. The event will provide op

The European Association of Healthcare IT Managers invites you to take part in the third Baltic Conference on e-health on September 15 - 16, 2009. As customary, the congress will be held in Hamburg. The programme will consist of a pre-opening session on the 15th with a guided tour through the advanced hospital of the University Medical Centre Hamburg- Eppendorf (UKE), various presentations and panel discus

The [email protected] Networking Awards 2009 ([email protected]) aims to select outstanding European healthcare IT solution in hospitals and healthcare facilities and bring them to the pan-European stage. The event will take place in Brussels from 29 - 30 October 2009.   The attendees will consist of CEOs, CIOs, hospital and healthcare IT Managers, physicians with an interest in IT, members of the European Parliament, ci

The 2009 World of Health Care Congress Europe (WHCCE) took place on May 13 - 14, 2009 in Brussels. More than 400 participants from Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia were present at the event.   Among the participants were key health ministers from leading countries in Europe, government officials, hospital directors, IT innovators, decision makers from public and private insurance funds, pharma

The 4th edition of the e-health 2009 Congress was held in Bucharest, Romania on May 26 - 27, 2009. The event brought together national and international healthcare ICT key players and other healthcare professionals. Tarus Media and the Romanian edition of the British Medical Journal were responsible for media coverage of the event.   The main topic of the program addressed the Electronic European

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PIPS is the virtual assistant who is attentive, discreet, loyal and always available. It exploits the most advanced information technologies for you in order to encourage healthier individual choices. Informed Individuals The main goal of this virtual assistant is to encourage healthier decisions by providing information among the patients in their daily lives. PIPS can improve one’s well-being

The European Commission has launched the Lead Market Initiative (LMI) for Europe, following the European Union’s 2006 Broad Based Innovation Strategy. Its aim is to encourage the emergence of lead markets of high economic and societal value. The initiative has six markets, one of which is e-health due to its market potential in terms of growing demand and market growth opportunities, changing demographic

Sharing biomedical data in an easy, controlled, safe and financially viable way is no longer impossible thanks to the LHDL project. PhysiomeSpace service provides you with the possibility to import, store and organize your biomedical data in a digital format.   The Living Human Project (LHP) The goal of this initiative is to develop an in silico model of the human neuromusculoskeletal system


AuthorMichael Tanis a Project Managerat NICTIZ, Netherlands As Europe moves from national healthcare IT programmes towards full-fledged e-Health services, many experts see e-Prescrib

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ECRI Institute Europe Weltech Centre Ridgeway Welwyn Garden City Herts AL7 2AA United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1707 871511 Fax: +44 (0)1707 393138 [email protected] www.ecri.org.uk   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 th


AuthorDr. Elizabeth Robertsonis a Consultant Radiologist withNHS Grampian, Scotland, UK Each of us has different risk profiles for adop

AuthorTosh Sheshabalaya, Bennis is credited with pioneering the study of leadership as a formal academic discipline'in the US and Britain.   For Bennis, leaders had the following qualities: a guiding vision, passion, integrity, trust, curiosity and daring.   Manager and Leader: The Healthcare IT


Philip J. Scott is the Head of ICT Development Programmes, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and a Board member, HL7 UK. President Obama’s $19.2 billion HITECH Act has refocused attention on healthcare interoperability. The legislation (Title XIII of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, available via http://www.whitehouse.gov) aims to have electronic health records for the whole US popula

The year 2009 has witnessed a flurry of initiatives in Australia to get its healthcare infrastructure e-Health ready. As in Europe or the US, however, the process has seen some steps forward, others backward, and quite a few to the side.   The issue of most concern in Australia at the moment is that the government seems ready to leave e-Health, not least the Electronic Health Record, to the ‘mar

AuthorPaul Johannessonis Professor of InformationSystems at the Royal Instituteof Technology, Stockholm

As hospital information systems become more and more complex, the need for effective and efficient information processing increases. A precondition for systematic information management is a Strategic Information Management plan (SIM plan).   Ulrike Mueller is with the Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Leipzig, Germany Introduction S

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the European Centre for Health Technology, HITM’s Yana Konstantinova interviewed Kåre Finbak, the Managing Director of this Health Centre of Excellence. Mr. Finbak is also the Director for Business Development at HP Norway.   Mr. Finbak, We Have Understood That Recently There Were Some Changes in the Management of the European Centre for Health Technol

AuthorDavid Kwois Managing Director,Ubiquity Healthcare, UK Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is moving towards vertical integration of healthcare services as exemplified by the

Country Focus: The Nordics

The Nordic healthcare system has a long heritage. It is especially well-established with regard to primary and preventive healthcare. These couple into sophisticated occupational health standards which are considered to be models by the outside world. All Nordic countries also have highly-developed hospital services.   Nordic systems are taxation based, locally administrated, with every citizen ha

Ahead of the Pack Nordic countries rank high in terms of ehealth readiness indicators, as well as healthcare and IT/Internet infrastructure. Indeed, the World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index 2008/2009 remains dominated by the Nordic countries, with Denmark and Sweden continuing in the first and second slots (the same position as in 2007), Finland slightly down to sixth (from fourth in 2007)

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