EU: SmartPersonalHealth project publishes final report and recommendations on interoperability of personal health systems
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The final report, 'Enabling smart integrated care: Recommendations for fostering greater interoperability of personal health systems' contains recommendations for the advancement towards an interoperable personal health ecosystem.
One of the key recommendations is that the buyers of personal health solutions need to understand and value interoperability, and demand it from vendors.
"The project partners share the belief that if Europe wants to reap the full benefit of personal health systems, health stakeholders must understand the benefits of interoperability, and be empowered to demand those systems from vendors", says Veli Stroetmann, researcher at Empirica. "Only if there are buyers who demand interoperable systems, vendors will bring them to market."
'Personal health systems' are a summary term to connote devices and applications, some converging from the consumer electronics world, which have enormous potential to empower patients, improve quality of life, and realise cost benefits for Europe's beleaguered health systems. Examples include pedometers to monitor personal activity, Wi-Fi enabled weight scales and sensors for the homecare of patients with chronic diseases, and smart phone apps that allow individuals control over their fitness and diet regime. Personal health systems are slowly coming onto the market and are being recommended by doctors and health insurers to help people monitor their health and wellness. They are a key element of the growth of eHealth in Europe.
Their full benefit can only be realised if they are interoperable - that is, if a device from one vendor works easily and seamlessly with other eHealth
"We appreciate the good work from the consortium and will take their recommendations into consideration as we look at fostering interoperability of personal health systems in line with the Digital Agenda for Europe," said Benoit Abeloos, Project Officer in the ICT for Health unit of DG Information Society.
This final report is available, along with more information about the project and individual reports from all stakeholder workshops, at the project website.
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Decision support systems
Electronic health records
Personal Health Systems
Regional/national Health Information Networks
Wearable/Portable Systems for Health monitoring
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