• BE: Electronic incident reporting and complaints handling enhances patient safety at Bruges hospital
      Projects story10 April 2012

      An electronic incident reporting and complaints handling system has dramatically reduced the number of complaints relating to medical errors in AZ Sint-Lucas hospital in Bruges. The patient safety software was implemented in early November 2010. In 2011, the number of incidents reported at the hospital - the first in mainland Europe to implement this kind of system - tripled from 100 to 300. It doubled again in the following eight months, with further improvements expected, as staff is trained on the new system and user confidence grows. The hospital has also gained an increased ability to analyse trends and numerical proof of the existence of incidents - meaning that staff now have the tool to help managers improve patient safety.

    • Big data at your service
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      Projects story25 July 2012

      'Open data' is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. The increasing use of ICT for business, leisure and public services is leading to the accumulation of mountains of structured and in many cases unstructured data. But this so-called 'big data' should be seen as an opportunity not a problem. EU research and efforts to promote open data are helping to make sense and good use of this resource.

    • Broadband - 'big pipes' of potential growth
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      Projects story13 June 2012

      The internet has become much more than a communication system. Today, it is the backbone of modern society, a platform for businesses, governments and citizens to exchange news and views, as well as to provide services, whether essential or trivial. EU policies aim to extend access to high-speed broadband internet and increase investment in fibre-optic infrastructure, while its support for research efforts ensure that the EU will have the technology available to meet the strain of constantly rising demands.

    • Communicate with the future
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      Projects story19 June 2012

      Digital information comes in myriad forms and formats, so how can we make sure that today's data is not lost forever in inaccessible legacy forms? An EU-funded project has developed a framework that ensures we will always be able to use data, however and wherever it is saved and stored.

    • COMPOSE: The market place of the Internet of Things
      Projects story20 March 2015

      A consortium of EU researchers, software developers and standardisation bodies is creating a new business ecosystem to unleash the power of the Internet of Things for every type of user – from shoppers and motorists to holidaymakers and sports enthusiasts.

    • Digitising our cultural heritage
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      Projects story30 May 2012

      Through R&D projects and working with experts from the Member States, the European Commission has been exploring the best ways to preserve, enrich and open up our cultural heritage for the benefit of today’s citizens and future generations. And for more than a decade, ICT has been recognised as a key technological solution.

    • eHealth Business Modelling workshop presentations online - report to follow
      Projects story25 June 2012

      To prepare for the large scale deployment of eHealth services under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), this workshop explored different business models supporting European-wide eHealth services. This requires to also examine the need for ensuring cross-border connectivity, i.e. to consider all layers of interoperability (functional, semantic and technical) in order to facilitate such services. Discussions started from the Smart Open Services for European Patients (epSOS) experience and explore future opportunities to build on this. In order to enable cross-organisational & cross-border information flows for further clinical needs/scenarios such as chronic disease management (e.g. a chronic disease tailored summary) was addressed by SemanticHealthNet. All presentations are now online under the Agenda.

    • ES: Research project 'e-Nefro' on telecare for kidney patients starts in Andalusia
      Projects story10 April 2012

      The University Hospital Virgen Macarena of Seville and the Superior Engineering School of Seville University are jointly carrying out a new research project for the implementation of a complete telecare system for kidney patients. The research project is named 'e-Nefro - Arquitectura modular adaptable para la teleasistencia integral de paciente renales' (Modular customisable architecture for complete kidney patient telecare', in English). The research partners will study the implementation of a telemedicine system for the monitoring of pre-dialysis patients or patients under substitutive treatment (peritoneal dialysis), with the aim of improving their quality of life and healthcare. The project is funded by the Health Institute Carlos III, a public research institute attached to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and it will run for three years.

    • Every cloud has a green lining
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      Projects story19 April 2012

      Climate change dominates the political agenda, but we all still use an awful lot of energy, especially with our growing number of electronic devices. And with zettabytes of data to process and deliver, data centres are becoming major power consumers. Within 15 years there will also be trillions of 'things' - devices, sensors, objects - connecting to the internet and flooding data centres with massive amounts of raw data that will have to be stored, processed and analysed. An EU-funded project is using some clever 3D design to build an energy-efficient super server chip.

    • FR: First telemedicine pilot in the field of COPD
      Projects story10 April 2012

      A pioneering telemedicine project for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has recently been launched in a hospital in central France to assess the impact of readmissions due to COPD exacerbations. "Telemedicine programmes already exist in pulmonology, but mainly for patients with sleep apnea," said project leader Dr André Marcuccilli. To his knowledge, the 'Hospitadom' project, which is being carried out at the Moulins-Yzeure Hospital, is the first COPD feasibility study of its kind in France; it uses a Danish pilot as a model. According to the hospital media kit, the pilot project aims to 'establish a telemonitoring system to support and improve the care of chronic respiratory patients.' The study plans to recruit 100 COPD patients who were hospitalised following exacerbations, and then to randomly distribute them between home telemedicine monitoring and conventional care for 15 days.