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Health Information Technology and e-Health: national and regional plans and stategies
EU [2011]   Karl A. Stroetmann, Jörg Artmann, Veli N. Stroetmann et al. European countries on their journey towards national eHealth infrastructures - evidence on progress and recommendations for cooperative actions - Final European progress report. European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, ICT for Health Unit, January 2011.

"The eHealth Strategies study analyses policy development and planning, implementation measures as well as progress achieved with respect to national and regional eHealth solutions in EU and EEA Member States, with emphasis on barriers and enablers beyond technology. The focus is on infrastructure elements and selected solutions emphasised in the European eHealth Action Plan of 2004."

"More than 30 individual reports detailing policy actions and deployment of eHealth applications in Member States and other European countries are available."

 bullet  Complete report: European countries on their journey towards national eHealth infrastructures - evidence on progress and recommendations for cooperative actions - Final European progress report.  bullet  Database of eHealth strategies in 34 European countries (from October 2010)
New Zealand [2010]  National Health IT Plan, National Health IT Board, New Zealand, 2010-2014

"The Plan is based on achieving the eHealth Vision. This means that each patient will have a virtual health record, with information stored electronically and accessible regardless of location by linking to: existing systems run by health care organisations (eg, general practice, hospital-based systems), a regional clinical results repository and a shared care record."

There are two phases to the Plan:

"Phase 1: Consolidate, co-operate and lay the foundations (July 2010 to June 2012)

Phase 1 of the Plan is based on increasing health care organisations’ use of health IT solutions to a consistent level of capability, incorporating:

  • easy access to health information
  • transfer of health information between health care organisations
  • capture of clinical event information into a regional clinical data repository
  • improvement of primary health care practice management systems
  • consolidation of the systems used in secondary and tertiary settings into regional or national platforms
  • improvements in the quality of information used for population health
  • replacement of systems managing patient, practitioner and organisation identity."

"Phase 2: Shared Care (July 2010 to December 2014)

Phase 2 will commence with a design and ‘proof of concept’ phase and will deliver a shared care capability covering:

  • patient vitals - historical patient information (eg, patient demographics, problem list, medications, alerts, access to more detailed e-events such as laboratory and radiology results, and medication history)
  • a care plan - patient-based information that captures the plan for the patient’s future course of care and that facilitates a multidisciplinary approach to support integrated care
  • decision support - knowledge-based information, in context, to support the optimal delivery of care (including clinical risk assessment, the most effective treatment options and appropriate use of a clinical pathway)."


 bullet  National Health IT Plan (2010-2014)  bullet  National Health IT Board, New Zealand
Australia [2009]  The National E-Health Transition Authority Strategic Plan (Australia, 2009-2012)

"The NEHTA Strategic Plan outlines how we will fulfil our mission to lead the progression of e-health in Australia.

"The release of the Government’s National E-Health Strategy in December 2008 outlined four major strategic streams of activity: foundations, e-health solutions, change and adoption, governance.

"We have considered our future work program based on the National Strategy and other important work completed this year including the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission recommendations.

"As a result the NEHTA Strategic Plan has been developed to clearly show our stakeholders across the health sector the directions we are taking to drive the take-up and adoption of e-health nationally.

"The Strategy outlines four strategic priorities that define our role in adoption and implementation. They are:

  1. "Urgently develop the essential foundations required to enable e-health. This priority stresses the need to deliver essential e-health services such as Healthcare Identifiers, secure messaging and authentication, and a clinical terminology and information service. These will form the backbone of Australia’s e-health systems.
  2. "Coordinate the progression of the priority e-health solutions and processes. Some e-health solutions and processes provide the greatest opportunity to improve health practice and deliver benefit. Priorities include referrals and discharge, pathology and diagnostic imaging and medications management.
  3. "Accelerate the adoption of e-health. It is critical to increase the awareness and uptake of e-health initiatives by the various stakeholder groups, through collaboration and communication programs, incentives and implementation support.
  4. "Lead the progression of e-health in Australia. This priority reflects that NEHTA has a significant role in leading the direction of the current and future state of e-health in Australia, including future initiatives and the impacts on privacy and policy."


 bullet  The National E-Health Transition Authority Strategic Plan  bullet  NEHTA - the Australian National E-Health Transition Authority
EU [2009]   eHealth in Europe (special edition of the European Files).

The European Files is a political, economic and social magazine from Euro Confluences, Paris. This special edition includes concise contributions from national governments, industry and the European Commission covering current and future eHealth strategies throughout the EU.

 bullet  eHealth in Europe (special edition of the European Files) [EU]  bullet  The European Files
USA [2007]   eHealth priorities and strategies in European countries (EU ERA project)

"The material for this document was collected, reviewed and collated by the project Towards the Establishment of a European eHealth Research Area... eHealth ERA is a Coordination Action that

  • contributes towards greater transparency across Member States and other participating countries on eHealth strategies and implementation as well as innovation- oriented research and technology development (RTD),
  • supports the development of national eHealth roadmaps,
  • makes information on programmes, initiatives and activities widely available."

    The report covers the 27 EU Member States and 5 other European countries and "shows the extent to which the individual countries have committed themselves to pursuing the eHealth agenda in Europe". It was collated by ERA project partners: empirica GmbH (co-ordinating partner, Germany), STAKES (Finland), CITTRU (Poland), ISC III (Spain), CNR (Italy) and EPSRC (United Kingdom).

    "Most of the official documents that focus on eHealth have been published since 2003. However, some countries like Denmark, Finland, or Norway had already adopted initial eHealth policies during the second half of the 1990s..."

    "In two-thirds of the countries reviewed, the deployment of ICT-based systems is directly linked to health policy objectives. In ten countries, eHealth is a central part of the national overall health system strategy. In 14 countries eHealth has a more focused objective, which is usually cost containment, efficiency, or improving the quality of healthcare services."

    National "priorities range from the implementation of stand-alone applications, to the building of national eHealth infrastructures by connecting existing local and regional networks, to the set-up of comprehensive, national, electronic health record systems and national authorities to oversee and guide these developments. Specific objectives include the introduction of eCards, other methods of identifying patients, or web portals for citizens and health professionals. Interoperability standards, including semantic issues as well as the legal and regulatory framework required for complex, large-scale endeavours are also high on the priority lists." [...]

  •  bullet  Summary and complete report (EU)  bullet  Complete report (ERA project)  bullet  ERA project
    Switzerland [2007]   Swiss National e-Health strategy (2007-2015) - Strategie eHealth Schweiz - Stratégie suisse en matière de cybersanté

    Swiss National e-Health strategy covering the period 2007-2015. The report, published on 27 June 2007, is in German only; a short summary only is currently available in French.

    The initial goal is the implementation of a national electronic health insurance card.


     bullet  Overview and complete report - in German  bullet  Overview - in French bullet  Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG) - Office fédéral de la santé publique (Swiss Federal Office of Public Health)
    EU [2006]   Karl A. Stroetmann, Tom Jones, Alexander Dobrev, Veli N. Stroetmann. eHealth is Worth it? The economic benefits of implemented eHealth solutions at ten European sites. (eHealth IMPACT project study supported by the European Commission Information Society and Media Directorate-General.) 26 September 2006

    "[T]he study is one of the first attempts to assess the real impact of eHealth applications. ... [It] study shows that across a wide range of eHealth applications clear evidence can be found of the benefits of information and communication technologies in routine healthcare settings. These benefits range from improvements in quality, [safety, costs] and better access [for] all citizens to care". [...]

    The report evaluates ten individual e-Health sites using methods developed by the EU eHealth Impact project:

    • AOK Rheinland, Germany – GesundheitsCard Europa (GCE), cross border access to healthcare (in the Netherlands and Belgium) for german patients insured by AOK Rheinland on presentation of their German health insurance card.
    • Apoteket (Sweden’s national pharmacy) Sweden – ePrescribing
    • City of Bucharest Ambulance Service, Romania – DISPEC teletriage and dispatch system
    • Institut Curie (oncology), Paris, France – Elios (internal EHR system) and Promethee (tool "supporting simultaneous enquiries in different databases enabling fast data collection for research purposes").
    • IZIP, Czech Republic – web based national electronic health record "supported by the largest health insurer in the Czech Republic, serving two thirds of the Czech population".
    • Kind en Gezin, Flanders, Belgium – Flemish (children's) vaccination database (FVD) and Vaccinet
    • Medcom, Denmark - Danish health data network (DHCDN)
    • MedicalOrder®Center Ahlen – supply chain optimisation (Germany)
    • NHS Direct, UK – NHS Direct Online (NHSDO) healthcare information advice service
    • Sjunet, Sweden – radiology consultations between Sweden and Spain.

    Some main conclusions (summary): "Electronically enhanced healthcare [when properly implemented] promises to reduce costs, improve quality and efficiency and treat more patients with the same resources ... The eHealth Impact project conclusively demonstrated that there is over a 2:1 ratio between economic benefits and costs" [EC].

     bullet  Complete report  bullet  Information on the report on  bullet  eHealth IMPACT project
    Global/WHO  [2006]   eHealth Tools & Services - Needs of the Member States. Report of the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth.
    This report constitutes the first global survey on eHealth.

    Key survey findings:

    • "active involvement of WHO in the development of generic eHealth tools, and guidance in creating and implementing eHealth services would be welcomed by Member States;
    • "the need for guidance in a broad range of eHealth areas was expressed in particular by countries that do not belong to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
    • "OECD countries did not express consistent views of their needs in eHealth areas; and
    • "there is a need to raise awareness as to what eHealth tools and services already exist at global and national levels."

    Proposed actions (summarised from the report):

    • Provide generic eHealth tools most sought after by Member States (tools for monitoring and evaluation of eHealth services; drug registries; institutional patient centred information systems that could be extended to include electronic health record systems; directories of health care professionals and institutions).
    • Support access to existing eHealth tools and services with an emphasis on open source solutions.
    • Provide an international knowledge exchange network to share practical experiences on the application and impact of eHealth initiatives should be built.
    • Provide a digital resource of eHealth information to support the needs of Member States in key areas such as eHealth policy, strategy, security and legal issues.
    • Promote eLearning programmes for professional education in the health sciences and in ongoing professional development.

     bullet  Complete Report [PDF]  bullet  WHO Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe)
    USA  [2006]   Reforming Health Care for the 21st Century. National Economic Council, February 2006

    The report, which follows up from the President's State of the Union address on 31 January 2006, covers goals for the whole of healthcare. Proposals specific to the implementation of Health Information Technology are quoted here:

    "In 2004, the President launched an initiative to make electronic health records available to most Americans within the next ten years. Realizing the promise of health IT will help transform our health care system by lowering costs, reducing medical errors, and improving quality of care in a more efficient and hassle-free environment. Greater reliance on electronic health records means that information needed to treat patients effectively will be a few computer clicks away, no matter where the patient is receiving care. The Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as some private health care systems, has already begun to demonstrate the power of health IT to reduce costs and errors and improve quality of care."

    "Action: Through the President’s leadership over the past two years, the Administration has taken numerous steps towards fulfilling his health IT vision, including:
    • "Establishing the position of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);
    • "Providing support for several health IT projects to assess and develop solutions to key implementation issues such as:
      • "harmonizing standards to allow different health systems to speak the same language and seamlessly share health information when needed;
      • "developing certification criteria to ensure health IT investments meet proper standards;
      • "addressing privacy and security issues; and
      • "developing models for a national Internet-based system that allows electronic health information to follow patients no matter where they receive care."
    "In conjunction with these efforts, the Administration has established the American Health Information Community (AHIC)" ... to [help co-ordinate (editor's interpretation)] "a common framework for implementing a nationwide electronic health records system."

     bullet  Report  bullet  Report [PDF]
    New Zealand  [2005]   Health Information Strategy Steering Committee. 2005. Health Information Strategy for New Zealand. Wellington: Ministry of Health.

    The following information is all taken from the report.

    The purpose of HIS-NZ is to develop a single and co-ordinated strategy for information systems, including current and emerging information, communications and technology (ICT) within the health and disability sector. The process aims to develop consensus on vision, goals and activities for information systems in the sector over the next five years. "New Zealand made early strides in recognising the value of information systems in improving health outcomes through the implementation of a national infrastructure."

    Chapters 3 to 6 of HIS-NZ identify principle interventions that provide a linkage to major health and disability sector strategies and priorities that reflect areas where action is needed. For each of the priorities, ‘action zones’ provide a focus for implementation planning in the sector over the next 3 to 5 years. Twelve priority areas / action zones covering the years 2005-2009:
    1. National network strategy
    2. NHI (National Health Index) promotion (unique patient identifier)
    3. HPI (Health Provider Index) implementation
    4. ePharmacy (electronic prescribing - electronic transactions between prescribers and pharmacies.)
    5. eLabs (electronic transactions between clinicians and laboratories) (to include decision support capability)
    6. Discharge summaries (electronic)
    7. Chronic care and disease management (includes guidelines)
    8. Electronic referrals (including guideline-based decision support)
    9. National outpatient collection
    10. National primary care collection
    11. National system access (secure, web)
    12. Anchoring framework (ability to link data across the continuum of care).

    Chapter 7 onwards of HIS-NZ discusses the specific guides for building the capability that we need to create workable solutions. These ‘building guides’ outline the key structural components required to deliver integrated information systems to the sector. The eight building guides are:
    1. Investment management framework
    2. Strategic information planning framework
    3. Collaboration frameworks
    4. Data sets
    5. Applications
    6. Networks
    7. Standards
    8. Privacy and security.

    In 3 to 5 years’ time, New Zealand should be able to see a number of advances.
  • Community providers will be connected to a secure health information network. This will support more seamless care, enabling them to participate in information sharing and in accessing relevant data as it becomes available to the different initiatives.
  • All parts of the sector will be able to access relevant key event summaries online.
  • Primary care and secondary care providers will interact electronically around key events, discharges and chronic care/disease management.
  • There will be greater collaboration and sharing of information between hospitals, general practitioners, diagnostic service providers, pharmacies and other practitioners.
  • Interactions between secondary care and primary care providers will be more uniform. Routine exchanges of information such as discharge summaries, referrals and admissions for services should be the norm.
  • At a national level, key information gaps in our existing collections will have been closed, particularly in regard to understanding: – community, primary care and outpatient services; access to these data sets will be nationally enabled, supporting safe and high-quality care to consumers – the implications of our health strategies from a policy, funding and research perspective; we need to be able to monitor progress and evaluate the outcomes of changes to our service configuration.

    Figure 4, P12 of the report shows the architecture of the planned distributed electronic health record. Figure 14, P64 shows the Benchmark targets for HIS-NZ for different care settings (3 to 5 year horizon). The complete implementation roadmap (2005-2009) is shown on the last page of the report - Appendix 2: P94.


  •  bullet  Complete report  bullet  Report summary  bullet  New Zealand Ministry of Health  bullet  The New Zealand Health Network
    Global  [2005]   eHealth, Report by the Secretariat, World Health Organisation

    Following the May 2005 World Health Assembly resolution, WHO initiated a first world-wide survey on eHealth as part of the work of the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe), established in early 2005 to provide Member States with strategic information and guidance on effective practices, policies and standards in eHealth. The GOe secretariat is based at WHO headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland) and the networked operation is planned to grow rapidly to include research centres and collaborating partners across the globe.

    The 2005 eHealth survey focuses on issues relating to processes and outcomes in key eHealth action lines previously identified by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and WHO.

    The 3 prime objectives are to:
    • Describe and analyse the eHealth profiles in countries, regions and internationally
    • Identify and evaluate measures taken in key action areas to support the development of eHealth in countries
    • Establish the requirements of Member States for eHealth tools and services.

     bullet  Complete report (WHO)  bullet  Resolution WHA58.28 adopted in response to above report on eHealth (25 May 2005)  bullet  Current WHO strategies for eHealth
    USA [2005]  RAND Corporation. Health Information Technology: Can HIT Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

    This short report (or "Highlight") constitutes an estimation of "the potential costs and benefits of widespread adoption of Health Information Technology" (EHRs, DSS, CPOE ...) in routine care. Research (from RAND and other sources) used in the compilation of the report is referenced at the end of the document.

    Key findings:

    • "Properly implemented and widely adopted, Health Information Technology would save money and significantly improve healthcare quality.
    • "Annual savings from efficiency alone could be $77 billion or more.
    • "Health and safety benefits could double the savings while reducing illness and prolonging life. [The report estimates that if "all hospitals had a HIT system including Computerized Physician Order Entry, around 200,000 adverse drug events could be eliminated each year, at an annual savings of about $1 billion".]
    • "Implementation would cost around $8 billion per year, assuming adoption by 90 percent of hospitals and doctors’ offices over 15 years.
    • "Obstacles include market disincentives: Generally, those who pay for Health Information Technology do not receive the related savings.
    • "The government should act now to overcome obstacles and realize benefits."


     bullet  Report  bullet  RAND Health research reports  bullet  RAND Corporation
    USA [2004]   Brailer DJ. Decade of Health Information Technology: Delivering Consumer-centric and Information-rich Health Care. Framework for Strategic Action. US Department of Health and Human Services. 2004.

    "On July 21, 2004, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a report on the progress of the strategic plan to guide nationwide adoption of health information technology in both the public and private sectors. The report outlines the framework for 12 strategies that will achieve four goals: 1) introduction of information tools into clinical practice; 2) electronically connecting clinicians to other clinicians; 3) using information tools to personalize care delivery; and 4) advancing surveillance and reporting for population health improvement" [IHI].


     bullet  Complete report  bullet  HHS Fact Sheet on HIT Report  bullet  Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT)
    USA [2004]   President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Revolutionizing Health Care Through Information Technology

    " The essence of our recommendations is a framework for a 21st century health care information infrastructure that revolutionizes medical records systems. The four core elements of this framework are:

  • Electronic health records for all Americans that provide every patient and his or her caregivers the necessary information required for optimal care while reducing costs and administrative overhead.
  • Computer-assisted clinical decision support to increase the ability of health care providers to take advantage of state-of-the-art medical knowledge as they make treatment decisions (enabling the practice of evidence-based medicine).
  • Computerized provider order entry—such as for tests, medicine, and procedures— both for outpatient care and within the hospital environment.
  • Secure, private, interoperable, electronic health information exchange, including both highly specific standards for capturing new data and tools for capturing non-standards-compliant electronic information from legacy systems.

    Because these proposals involve significant technical challenges, our 12 individual recommendations address the technical issues in some detail. ..."

    (PITAC: "The President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee is appointed by the President to provide independent expert advice on maintaining America’s preeminence in advanced information technology (IT).")

  •  bullet  Complete report  bullet  National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NCO/NITRD)
    EU [2004]   e-Health - making healthcare better for European citizens: An action plan for a European e-Health Area. Commission Of The European Communities, Brussels, 30 April 2004

    The European Commission (EC) has supported research & development into e-Health since the the 2nd Framework Programme, 1989-1990. The report comprises the EC eHealth Action plan for Europe 2004-2010 and was issued at the EPSCO Health Council, June 2 2004.

    The action plan includes a sequential set of actions to be taken by EU member states and the Commission over the period 2004-2010. in three target areas:

    • Common challenges including setting national roadmaps for e-Health, deploying e-Health systems and health information networks (broadband, wireless, grids); setting targets for interoperability and the use of electronic health records; clarification of legal framework.
    • Pilot actions accelerating implementation of e.g. teleconsultation, e-presciption, e-referral, telemonitoring and telecare.
    • Evaluation, confirmation of benefits and dissemination of best practices.

    The strategy aims to facilitate access to healthcare in different countries with the EU by citizens and to improve patient safety. "The main objectives of the action plan are to improve access and boost quality and effectiveness of eHealth services offered in Europe, and enhance the European eHealth industry by making eHealth systems and services more interoperable and integrated."

    Main target dates for EU member states listed in the e-Health action plan:
    • "To develop a roadmap for e-Health by the end of 2005
    • Setting up a European Union public health portal by the end of 2005
    • Identifying a common approach to patient identifying data by the end of 2006
    • Identifying interoperability standards for health data by the end of 2006"
    • 2008: "supporting the deployment of health information networks based on fixed and wireless broadband and mobile infrastructures and Grid technologies."
    • "By end 2008, the majority of all European health organisations and health regions (communities, counties, districts) should be able to provide online services such as teleconsultation (second medical opinion), e-prescription, e-referral, telemonitoring and telecare."

     bullet  ICTs for Health - action plan summary  bullet  Complete action plan (EC)  bullet  eEurope 2005 Action Plan: An Update, Brussels, 17.5.2004 (CEN)  bullet  i2010 - A European Information Society for growth and employment  bullet  EU member states national eHealth roadmaps  bullet  EU eEurope 2005  bullet  i2010 - European Information society in 2010  bullet  EU Health information technology adoption, programmes and plans [OC]  bullet  EU eHealth Roadmaps [OC]
    EU [2004]   Petr Novotny, E-Health In Central And East European Countries with focus on Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. Brussels 29.2.2004

    "The aim of this report is to give an overview about countries’ basic indicators, governments’ action plans for eHealth, and provides a collection of different telemedicine projects and studies that have been conducted in Central and Eastern Europe. [The terms eHealth and telemedicine terms are used interchangeably in the report.] The focus is on the following 4 countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. [Cyprus, Romania and Slovakia are also teated in some detail.] Telemedicine work in these four countries is presented in separate chapters. The overview is divided into short introduction on EU 15 eHealth market situation, general information about Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and more detailed description of above mentioned four countries. The latter consists of presentation of official policy of each country, and eHealth and telemedicine projects/ pilots in the various medical fields where telemedicine is already of increasing importance."

    "The main report (53 pages) includes European Information Technologies market overview, Central and East European (CEE) countries basic indicators and separate chapters on eHealth situation and more detailed collection of pilots in 4 countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. The supporting materials such as complete surveys reports, detailed articles mentioned in the report, contributions from the other authors and other material are contained in the Annexes (130 pages)."

    "Findings: There are many pilots, especially in Central European Countries, that are mostly local in nature and often without any government or Health Authority commitment. All of the countries studied have eHealth action plans that often stems in different ministries than Ministry of Health. In some cases, such as the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovenia, the competency and sometimes co-funding lies within Ministry of Health. Majority of the development and set up of pilots have been financed from private sources, but without follow up. The pilots are predominantly telemedicine services such as teleconsultation. Slovenia has made significant progress in deployment of electronic health record and health cards and has the only “viable” eHealth service that the author found in his research. Several countries are following that example of insurance based health data system. Also, the region of Krakow (Malopolskie) has made significant progress in planning and deploying eHealth systems and services. The findings of author lead to one major conclusion: creation of favourable environment for all the players (ministries, users, industries and social insurance players) to have common understanding and objectives through open dialog and optimising of resources. The national and regional plans should draw from the experiences and best practices that were developed elsewhere and that were supported by the EU research and development programmes in eHealth."


     bullet  Complete report
    Ireland [2004]   An eHealthy State? – An assessment of the adoption of eHealth in Ireland


    1. "That a significant ring-fenced fund be created to finance eHealth projects
    2. That HIQA is equipped and resourced as required to play the leadership role in the planning and implementation of a large scale eHealth investment programme
    3. That HIQA develop a framework to measure and evaluate the totality of benefits that should be delivered and need to be delivered to justify the investment required in eHealth systems
    4. That every eHealth investment is contingent on proving the business case against the health benefits framework HIQA should develop
    5. Increased attention with regard to project management, user acceptance testing and user training for large ICT programmes to ensure that they do deliver their estimated benefits
    6. That a formal project evaluation be completed at the end of every project to test whether the anticipated benefits have been delivered.
    7. That HIQA and the HSE proactively seek opportunities for the deployment of technology to facilitate the Health Reform Programme
    8. That current examples of best practice in eHealth are used as a basis for further development
    9. That eHealth applications be designed and developed on a ‘shared alliance’ basis that facilitates patient care. There is little benefit in developing, as an example, GP systems that do not integrate with hospital or community systems. If patient interaction is placed at the centre of system design, then the resulting systems will deliver maximum patient benefit
    10. That a programme be established to identify the feasibility and value of becoming an eHealth excellence hub
    11. That third-level institutions, and other publicly-funded research institutions, are encouraged to develop a focus on eHealth
    12. That Irish health agencies proactively seek to benefit from the funding and expertise available from participating in the forthcoming FP7."


     bullet  Complete report  bullet  Press Release from Information Society Commission  bullet  Ireland Information Society Commission
    Switzerland  [2002]   Télémédecine/Telemedizin CH. Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences & Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences

    Report on the introduction of telemedicine services into the Swiss healthcare system co-ordinated in part by the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW), "one of four academies recognised by the Swiss government as institutions promoting research".

    en français  Ce rapport vise à fournir une approche cohérente pour la définition d’une stratégie nationale de développement et de mise en oeuvre des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) dans le domaine de la télémédecine et à mobiliser des ressources et du know-how pour poursuivre un programme d’applications permettant d’apporter des solutions nouvelles et novatrices à certaines questions soulevées par le système de santé suisse. La question du maintien des personnes âgées à domicile est également abordée. ...

    Parmi les différents types d’applications de la télémédecine, il faut établir des priorités en tenant compte des intérêts des parties prenantes et des aspects spécifiques à la Suisse. Les deux applications suivantes paraissent les plus significatives et les plus prometteuses :
  • Télématique de la santé (transfert et gestion d’informations médicales via le réseau public de communications, y.c. l’enregistrement crypté des données numérisées et leur identification avec une carte patient).
  • Télémonitoring en temps réel ou différé de paramètres physiques et physiologiques pour des personnes malades ou à risques, par exemple les personnes âgées à domicile. [P21]
  • Auf Deutsch  Dieser Bericht soll dazu beitragen, eine kohärente Strategie für die Einführung der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien (IKT) in den Bereich der Telemedizin auf nationaler Ebene zu definieren und das benötigte Know-how und entsprechende Ressourcen zu mobilisieren. Es sollen Anwendungsmöglichkeiten ausfindig gemacht werden, die neuartige und innovative Lösungsansätze zu aktuellen Problemen des schweizerischen Gesundheitswesen aufzeigen können. Ferner wird die Frage des Verbleibens älterer Menschen in der eigenen Wohnung erörtert. ...

    Die Arbeitsgruppe empfiehlt die Einrichtung eines nationalen Forschungs- und Entwicklungsprogramms über die Anwendungsmöglichkeiten der Informations- und Telekommunikationstechnologien (ITK) in der Telemedizin. Mit hoher Priorität zu bearbeiten sind folgende Gebiete:
  • Medizinische Telematik: Übermittlung und Verwaltung von medizinischen Informationen über das öffentliche Telekommunikationsnetz, inklusive verschlüsselter Speicherung der digitalisierten Daten und Identifikation mittels einer Patientenkarte.
  • Telemonitoring: Überwachung, in Echtzeit oder verzögert, von physikalischen und physiologischen Parametern für Personen, die krank oder einem erhöhten Risiko ausgesetzt sind, zum Beispiel ältere Menschen zu Hause. Um die Machbarkeit und die praktische Bedeutung dieser Ergebnisse zu untermauern, empfiehlt die Arbeitsgruppe, eine Reihe von Pilotprojekten durchzuführen, von denen jedes ein spezifisches Ziel verfolgt.


  •  bullet  Complete report  bullet  Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
    USA [2001]   National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, Information for Health: a Strategy for Building the National Health Information Infrastructure, Washington, D.C., 2001.

    " This report from the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), a public advisory committee statutorily authorized to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services on national health information policy, outlines a vision and a process for building such a health support system — the National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII). "The NHII includes not just technologies but, more importantly, values, practices, relationships, laws, standards, systems, and applications that support all facets of individual health, health care, and public health. It encompasses tools such as clinical practice guidelines, educational resources for the public and health professionals, geographic information systems, health statistics at all levels of government, and many forms of communication among users. "The report identifies the human, institutional, and technological factors — existing and as yet undeveloped — that must be involved in building the NHII. The Committee recommends a strategy that gives the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services a key leadership role at the center of a broadly collaborative process for the public and private sectors. In addition to offering a detailed implementation plan, the recommendations in the report are unique in that they are comprehensive; they stress the need for information flows across sectors and with the public; and they attach equal importance to the personal health, healthcare provider, and population health dimensions. "The heart of the vision for the NHII is sharing information and knowledge appropriately so it is available to people when they need it to make the best possible health decisions. To meet the Nation's health needs, the NHII must serve all individuals and communities equitably. The interconnections made possible by the NHII would allow information capacities that now exist or are developing in the health field to be put to fuller use. Ready access to relevant, reliable information and secure modes of communication would enable consumers, patients, healthcare and public health professionals, public agencies, and others to address personal and community health concerns far more effectively. The NHII would serve important national interests. The Committee believes that implementation of the NHII will have a dramatic impact on the effectiveness, efficiency, and overall quality of health and health care in the United States. Serious problems such as public health emergencies, medical errors, and health disparities could be addressed in a more timely and comprehensive fashion. "


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    references: e-Government

    UN Global E-government Readiness Report 2005. From E-government to E-inclusion.

    []   [UN]

    " ... In reaffirming the vision of a peaceful, prosperous and just world, leaders at the United Nations World Summit in 2005 outlined a vision of ‘…building a people-centred and inclusive information society, putting the potential of information and communication technologies at the service of development and addressing new challenges of the information society.’

    Exploring the interlinkages between e-government and development, the UN Global EGovernment Readiness Report 2005: From E-government to E-Inclusion, presents an assessment of the countries according to their state of e-government readiness and the extent of e-participation worldwide. The UN Global E-government Survey 2005, like its predecessors, ranks the 191 Member States of the UN according to a quantitative composite index of e-readiness based on website assessment, telecommunication infrastructure and human resource endowment.

    The basic message in this Report is that there are huge disparities in the access and use of information technologies, and that these disparities are not likely to be removed in the near future unless a concerted action is taken at the national, regional and the international levels... "

    ...ICTs enable delivery of much needed education and health information to remote areas of the world with the promise of leapfrogging traditional development cycles... [P.18]

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