Under the auspices of Member of the European Parliament Milan Cabrnoch, MD, a Seminar on e-Health Standards and Interoperability was held on October 15 at the European Parliament, Brussels.
In his opening speech, Dr Cabrnoch stated that only efficient and interoperable e-Health tools and services could fulfill needs and demands of European citizens. Furthermore, he expressed a sincere appreciation for the contributions offered by the Bio- Health project in promoting standards, which are favourable to the development of innovative tools and services in the field of e-Health.
While the first session of the seminar focused on basic information about history, current status and the future of BioHealth project activities, its second was dedicated to the presentation of reports offered by projects and activities relevant for the development and use of e-Health standards and interoperability.
Marc Lange (EHTEL), for example, approached the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and presented the broader, legal, economic and political contexts of e-Health interoperability. Tomás Mládek, from the the Czech web-based health record system IZIP, focused on interoperability aspects of the Internet patient record as well as the TEN4 Health Project. Another participant, Noel Nader from Sesam Vitale, presented the project [email protected], a move to pave a way towards an electronic European Health Insurance Card.
The seminar on e-Health Standards and Interoperability represented a good opportunity for participants to share experiences and views on how to concentrate efforts to enhance e-Health usability by users, politicians, administrators, experts, developers and healthcare providers.
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