Dear Reader,Properly working cross-border healthcare is a fundamental right of every European citizen. This goes hand in hand with the free movement of persons.The European Union has its main focus on IT collaboration with the USA. But HITM feels that this is too narrow. Therefore we have taken the decision to closely collaborate with the Middle East, Africa and Asia. To administer this goal we had...


University of Granada researchers have developed a  software tool that makes an accurate estimation of  the risk that a person has to suffer a heart disease. In  addition, this software tool allows the performance of  massive risk estimations, i.e. it helps to estimate the  risk that a specific population group has of suffering a  heart condition. The researchers employed a sam

The University Hospital Virgen Macarena of Seville and the  Superior Engineering School of Seville University are jointly  carrying out a new research project for the implementation  of a complete telecare system for kidney patients.  “Modular customisable architecture for complete kidney  patient telecare” will study the implementation of  a telemedicine system for the monitor

The UK government has announced £4 million of funding  for businesses to develop cutting-edge ideas to address  some of the biggest health problems of our time.  The Department of Health has opened two new competitions with up to £2 million of funding each to develop  technological and innovative solutions that can:  Change people’s behaviour in order to reduce the  impact of

The Polish Ministry of Health has recently launched  'Dlapacjenta.mz.gov.pl', a portal providing practical information  on the reimbursement of medicines.  Designed as an easy-to-use and convenient information  source on medicines reimbursed by the National  Health fund, patients are the first target group.  Through the new portal, patients have access to information  on a

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A new agreement with DataFirst will  deliver automated migration services  for cardiology, significantly increasing  efficiency and quality of the migration  process. The companies will provide  data migration service capabilities and  archival storage solutions, enabling  healthcare facilities to benefit from a  rapid data migration process from aged  media and

One of the first medical imaging data archiving  and sharing projects in France using  CARESTREAM Vue Cloud PACS and  Vue Cloud Archive is now operational.  Data is hosted at the Roanne Numeri-  Parc secure data centre (ISO27001 certified)  in the Loire Region (south-east of  France), and built around the Axione highspeed  telecommunications network.  The Saint E

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center  (MSKCC) and IBM have agreed to  collaborate on the development of a  powerful tool built upon IBM Watson in  order to provide medical professionals  with improved access to current and  comprehensive cancer data and practices.  The resulting decision support  tool will help doctors everywhere create  individualised cancer d

The Sahlgrenska Academy at the University  of Gothenburg has invested in  the Sectra Visualisation Table. Gothenburg  thus becomes the second Swedish  University in a short period of time to  reinforce its medical training by acquiring  Sectra’s visualisation table.  The visualisation table at the University  of Gothenburg will be used by students  in anatomy cl

Aperio, provider of digital pathology  systems, announced a strategic collaboration  with Dell to create the  world's first scalable, secure medical  cloud network for Pathology. Through  its secure cloud-based Unified Clinical  Archive solution, Dell manages nearly  five billion medical images and studies  for healthcare organisations.  Now, Dell will host the e

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In March of this year COCIR - the European trade association  for the medical technology industry hosted a  meeting with the European Commissioner for Health and  Consumer Policy, John Dalli and senior representatives  from hospital and healthcare providers. The meeting in  Paris showcased how integrated IT and innovative financial  partnerships are optimising patient care. &nb

The report from KPMG together with the Manchester  Business School, Accelerating Innovation: The power  of the crowd, is based on in-depth interviews with ehealth  executives representing 15 countries, as well as  insights from KPMG's global healthcare partners. Due  to changing demographics, the need to reduce costs  and to increase the quality of care, e-health is seen as &nb

Researchers are invited to submit research articles addressing  the new research and development of wearable  devices, which can be used for the monitoring and treatment  of patients suffering from chronic diseases. Of particular  interest are papers which consider a set of sensors,  algorithms for physiological signal processing, collection  of environmental data, data fusion,

A new website, the "Marketplace for Innovative ideas" was  recently launched as part of the European Innovation Partnership  on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA).  The Marketplace is an interactive website designed to  help those that are interested and involved in the Partnership  to work together and develop their innovative ideas.  It is a platform where stakeholders ca

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Data privacy should be seen in a wider perspective of risk management  and governance. Due to recent events (e.g. the financial  crisis), governance and risk management are hot topics for media  coverage, especially within the financial sector. However, these  topics are also high on the agenda in the boardrooms of private  companies in the corporate world, due to earlier scandals l

Technological advances have created great opportunities for society to develop new products and services,  and to communicate and share data. A tremendous amount of ubiquitous computational power  and online services are used every day as a normal commodity. These new facilities allow data storage  and exchange of information anytime and anywhere, at high speed. In recent years, cloud computi


Hospitals can no longer afford to let the “squeaky  wheel” or departmental politics drive capital equipment  decisions. Rather, with CESP, the perils of opinionbased  investments are replaced with qualitative and  comprehensive analyses. Hospital executives can now  make better-informed decisions because the provided  data was validated and weighted, most often by an unbiased&n

 With decreasing healthcare reimbursement and increasing  economic uncertainty, there is a growing trend for hospitals  to opt for a zero capital expenditure, managed service model  with the purchase of IT systems in healthcare. As the application  of managed service models emerges in the PACS  market, it paves the way for cloud technology to finally have  a significant im

The main objective of HIMSS 2012 was helping healthcare IT professionals to achieve new goals while maintaining their organisation’s commitment to unsurpassed quality of care. It was about bridging the gap between meeting requirements and implementing processes.Hot topics at this year’s conference included:Clinical and business intelligence;Mobile technology;ICD-10;Meaningful use; andPrivacy, security...

One of the key highlights from HIMSS 2012 was the CHIME CIO Forum. The topic of this year’s forum was Healthcare IT Leadership at the Speed of Change.The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organisation dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and 86 healthcare IT vendors and...

Imagine an operating room with surgeons and scrub nurses operating on a patient. Imagine they all had a different understanding of the word ‘surgery’. Imagine they were unsure about their tasks, competencies, and responsibilities. Imagine they would evaluate their performance by the duration of the operation rather than by the outcome. Imagine they would handle the medical instruments by instinct rather...

A staff appraisal is a periodical advisory and support discussion between staff members and management that fosters agreements about objectives and the achievement of targets, that can be incorporated into target agreements. This process provides the opportunity, in a systematic and structured way that is outside of every-day working routine, to discuss matters that support and advance target-oriented...

The emergence of digital radiography has altered the face of radiography in the recent past. It has offered a new standard for digital x-ray image capture. DR technology has brought about a transition from film-based image capture to direct digital image capture that can be previewed immediately after exposure. This optimised workflow provided by DR is highly beneficial for end users, particularly...

Canada is implementing a network of large data repositories designed to store all diagnostic imaging studies generated in hospitals and clinics across the country. There will be 18 such storage units covering all provinces, called DI-r (Digital Images Repositories). The goal of this project is to make all imaging studies available to healthcare professionals, wherever they are, increase efficiency...


Q: National Healthcare and Indeed Healthcare IT Systems Often Suffer from Fragmentation. Is this a Problem in Spain?A: There is no national IT healthcare programme in Spain. Spain is a highly decentralised country with regards to the organisation and provision of healthcare services, which means that the regions have the responsibility of the management of these services depending on their own budgets....


In 1998 the Sistema Sanitario Público (public health service) brought in an official mandate for both doctors and patients outlining the service to which they are entitled, explained in the Carta de Derechos y Deberes (Charter of Rights and Obligations).ManagementThe national system has been decentralised since 2002, which has given the regional healthcare authorities the autonomy to plan, change and...

In years past, much of the focus on European markets concentrated on the arger economies of Germany, the UK,  France, and Italy. There is relatively little  knowledge of the healthcare IT markets  in other Eurozone countries, particularly  among US vendors looking to expand  into continental Europe.  This executive brief will focus on the  countries of Spain and Portugal.

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