• ICT diffusion in healthcare evolving at its own pace
      Law8 November 2010

      When viewed from the perspective of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), healthcare seems to have progressed at a rather slow rate. As an example, DICOM, the interoperability standard for handling medical imaging by different systems, was first introduced in 1983 – almost 30 years ago – and yet, even today, interoperability is still a major issue in eHealth. During the last couple of decades a revolution of eHealth has been promised and predicted again and again, only not to happen, to the disappointment of its ardent supporters. This is not to say that the healthcare sector remains static – on the contrary, medical innovation continuously expands the borders of human knowledge. Moreover, eHealth (ICT in healthcare) is a constantly and steadily expanding field; nonetheless, one cannot avoid the feeling that it does not match the pace characterizing other ICT-supported sectors.

    • European Commission planning to give patients secure access to digital health records by 2015
      Law25 October 2010

      The European Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) is a flagship initiative of the EU 2020 strategy, which focuses on sustainable growth through ICT. eHealth is a key part of it, said Flora Girogio of the EC’s ICT for Health unit, speaking at the Global eHealth Forum in Hamburg (25/10/2010). The DAE will develop the necessary infrastructure.

    • Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative Innovation Union
      Law6 October 2010

      At a time of public budget constraints, major demographic changes and increasing global competition, Europe's competitiveness, our capacity to create millions of new jobs to replace those lost in the crisis and, overall, our future standard of living depends on our ability to drive innovation in products, services, business and social processes and models. This is why innovation has been placed at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy. Innovation is also our best means of successfully tackling major societal challenges, such as climate change, energy and resource scarcity, health and ageing, which are becoming more urgent by the day. With Innovation Union, we have a vision, an agenda, a clear distribution of tasks and robust monitoring procedures.

    • L'IMI : l’accès aux qualifications des professionnels de santé en Europe
      Law15 September 2010

      Le système d’Information sur le Marché Intérieur (IMI) est un outil en ligne multilingue qui a pour but de faciliter la coopération et les échanges d’informations entre les administrations des différents pays européens. L'IMI permet aussi d'appliquer la Directive sur la Reconnaissance des Qualifications Professionnelles (2005/36/CE) qui concerne – pour la santé - cinq catégories de professionnels: les médecins, les infirmiers, les sages-femmes, les chirurgiens-dentistes, les pharmaciens. Deux autres professions de santé ont été ajoutées dans IMI : les kinésithérapeutes et les techniciens en radiologie. Les informations sont aussi disponibles en anglais et allemand.

    • Le défi de la Telemedecine en Europe
      Law1 July 2010

      Ce numéro spécial a pour but de vous aider à faire le point sur le développement de la télémédecine sous ses formes diverses, dans des environnements différents. C’est un ensemble de témoignages et d’analyses par des décideurs politiques et industriels, par des patients et des représentants des professionnels de la santé qui nous semble être le plus à même de véhiculer des messages brefs et compréhensibles par tous les publics. Il a également pour objectif d’expliciter les problèmes qui freinent encore le développement de la télémédecine et d’esquisser en quelques traits ce que sera la médecine de demain.

    • El reto de la telemedicina en Europa
      Law1 July 2010

      Este número especial tiene como finalidad ayudarle a analizar el desarrollo de la telemedicina en sus diferentes aspectos, en entornos diferentes. Es un conjunto de testimonios y análisis llevados a cabo por responsables políticos e industriales, por pacientes y representantes de los profesionales sanitarios, lo que nos parece el mejor modo de transmitir mensajes breves y comprensibles por todos los públicos. De igual modo, tiene como finalidad enunciar los problemas que siguen frenando el desarrollo de la telemedicina y trazar ciertas pinceladas sobre lo que será la telemedicina del mañana.

    • European Council conclusions on Digital Agenda for Europe
      Law31 May 2010

      Ministers welcomed the "Digital Agenda", endorsing the seven main areas for action identified in it and emphasizing the importance of digital technologies for employment and economic growth. Several delegations highlighted support for the development of a digital single market with fast internet and interoperable applications, as well as the environmental added value of the agenda. The digital agenda for Europe is the first of the seven flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and growth. Concrete proposals still have to follow as the Commission will report annually on the implementation of the agenda. The conclusions acknowledge the importance of the "digital agenda" in economic, social and cultural contexts. They endorse the establishment of an ambitious action agenda for instance to create a fully functioning digital Single Market to the benefit of European businesses -in particular SMEs- and European consumers and to take coordinated measures on network and information security in order to increase trust and confidence in cyberspace.

    • Ambient Assisted Living Roadmap - 2nd edition as a book
      Law14 April 2010

      The Ambient Assisted Living Roadmap is produced by the European Ambient Assisted Living Innovation Alliance, funded under the 7th European Framework Programme. In the first chapter new developing trends in AAL are looked at from different perspectives and barriers to their implementation are discussed. This is followed by a detailed discussion of the application domains; AAL4persons (Chapter 2), AAL@community (Chapter 3), AAL@work (Chapter 4) and a detailed presentation of the enabling technologies - sensing, reasoning, acting, interaction and communication - (Chapter 5). The final chapter presents a way to set up an AAL system (Chapter 6). This results in a document that can be considered as the technology roadmap for AAL. This updated version 2 is available only as a printed book.

    • How to apply existing Community legal framework to telemedicine services?
      Law16 November 2009

      Telemedicine can help increase accessibility to healthcare for patients living in remote geographical areas, allow patients with chronic diseases to be monitored at home and involve patients in the management of their own healthcare. However, despite the potential benefits identified and the potential for growth of the market, the use of telemedicine applications in everyday medicine is still relatively low. One of the reasons identified is the lack of legal clarity. In view of enhancing legal clarity regarding telemedicine services, the Commission will publish in 2010 a Staff Working Paper on Community legal framework applicable to telemedicine.

    • Roadmap for Research on Ambient Assisted Living
      Law7 September 2009

      The FP7 funded AALIANCE initiative – “The European Ambient Assisted Living Innovation Alliance” - aims to coordinate the European AAL R&D community and to develop a common strategic vision for short-, mid- and long-term R&D approaches in the AAL context. An important step towards this aim is the release of the Ambient Assisted Living Roadmap for research and innovation. This initiative is part of the EU action plan for Ageing Well in the Information Society which aims to provide new solutions to help Europe tackle the challenges of the ageing population. The full document of 120 pages (including a foreword from Florin Lupescu, Director of Directorate ICT addressing Societal Challenges in DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission) provides an in-depth look into the future of AAL application areas, concepts and technologies until 2025.