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Belgium : eHealth Forum - health management in the 21st century

May 14, 2014



This is eHealth Forum week, a time to discuss how technology can bring positive changes into healthcare systems and turn today's health and ageing challenges into economic growth. This year's Forum takes place in Greece, where the successful use of eHealth tools, developed as a result of EU research and innovation funding or support- can inspire other EU countries.

ePrescription

During the forum, the eHealth Network - the leading body for EU cooperation on the interoperability of eHealth, will meet to discuss guidelines for the interoperability of ePrescriptions, due to be adopted in November.

The Greek ePrescription system was first introduced in 2010, and is today used by 98% of pharmacies and 90% of doctors in Greece. It already covers more than 6 million electronic prescriptions and 1.5 million diagnostic referrals. The system supports decision-making by health authorities on issues such as how to improve patient services and public health planning.

The ePrescription system has been a good basis for further modernisation of the Greek health system, which includes an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) containing a patient summary (a summary of all medication a patient is taking, along with other medical and personal data). This is especially helpful for preventing over-prescription and conflicting medication, and it can be life-saving for travelers. The patient summary was developed according to the European patient summary dataset, recently adopted by the eHealth Network with guidelines for this data to be shared across borders.

The Greek ePrescription system was built on the basis of EU-funded epSOS project (more on this video). Greece also teamed up with Sweden to share best practices on ePrescription. All in all an interesting example for other countries to follow, and a fertile ground for them to export their own good practices, thanks to ICT interoperabilities.

Innovation Partnerships

Last year, Greece established a network for the Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. This partnership of professionals in health and care aims to address the challenges of an ageing society with innovative services and practices, along the formula of the European Innovation partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (@EIP_AHA). This commitment to a European project at national level sets another good practice to follow by other Member States.

mHealth wearable tech

"Wearable tech" is a growing field for health application. Under the USEFIL project which will be demonstrated at the eHealth Forum today, the combination of a smart watch and an even smarter mirror can show you & your carers how you feel and what you do. The product was developed through an EU-funded research project coordinated by Demokritos, the Greek National Centre for Scientific Research. Cameras behind the mirror register a patient's facial expression and body language.


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Source: TendersInfo (India)


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