SI: Ministry of Health outlines plan to meet 2020 target for the upgrading of eHealth
2 - Summary:
On 28 March 2011, the Ministry of Health held a presentation at its premises to outline the activities of its national eHealth project in support of the target to upgrade the eHealth system by 2020.
3 - Description:
Dr. Mateja de Leonni Stanonik, head of the eHealth initiative which is funded by the European Social Fund, spoke about developing eHealth ICT tools and building a telemedicine network amongst medical institutions in the country. She stated that fostering such links and information exchange will enable improvements in the safety and quality of patient treatment, timeliness, the exchange of clinical data, greater efficiency and reduction in treatment costs, as well as patient-centred focus.
Dr. de Leonni Stanonik stressed that the value and importance of eHealth lies in a doctor's ability to make clinical decisions based on knowledge, and better knowledge translates into better care. Knowledge begins with accurate, relevant clinical information. eHealth is the optimal environment for the exchange of clinical information, and characterised by five advantages: the right information; the right patient; the right person (doctor) readily available; the right place; and the right time.
Dr. de Leonni Stanonik explained that in order to optimise the implementation of eHealth projects, changes have to take place in the following areas:
Key planned activities that have been laid down to increase efficiency of eHealth include, among others:
The presentation also discussed a 2009 study conducted by an IT research and advisory company on behalf of the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs which looked into the efficiency of eHealth in six European countries. Based on this report, Slovenia could potentially save about €5 million per year on ePrescriptions alone.
This eHealth project is seen by the government as an opportunity for Slovenia to prove on a European and global scale that it can take the lead in innovative ideas and approaches in the medicine and science domains, in international relations and in fostering unique international collaborations.
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5 - Topic:
Continuity of care
Decision support systems
Homecare & Telecare Services
Hospital information systems
ICT for disease prevention and health promotion
ICT for patient safety
Regional/national Health Information Networks
Wearable/Portable Systems for Health monitoring
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