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16/02/2007
The European MobilAlarm project will soon make available on the market an innovative, location-independent alarm service which enables older people, those concerned about safety, the chronically ill, and the disabled to initiate an alarm call whenever and wherever they need or want to do so, thus improving their quality of life. Read more
16/02/2007
Identifying and supporting the implementation of eHealth Good Practice and assessing the impacts of sustained services - these are key topics of the European Commission eHealth Action Plan. In a framework of close collaboration between the European Commission and the EU Member States, the target is now to address the common challenges of eHealth through shared targets, dissemination of best practice, common benchmarking and international collaboration. The objectives of this EC funded study are thus to identify good practices and their associated benefits; develop and implement proven approaches to wider dissemination and transfer of day-to-day experiences; stimulate and foster accelerated up-take of eHealth by addressing the common challenges of eHealth and lessons learnt. Submit your Good Practice cases : If you yourself have implemented or are aware of an eHealth solution, which may qualify for inclusion in our database please self candidate at the dedicated website. Read more
16/02/2007
HIMSS EMEA has launched a monthly eNewsletter. The HIMSS EMEA eMessenger, provides comprehensive information about Healthcare IT in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The eMessenger will focus on one topical aspect of healthcare IT each month and include an interview with an expert in that field. This inaugural issue highlights Personal Health Systems and features an interview with David Whitlinger (keynote speaker), president of the Continua Health Alliance. Read more
15/02/2007
Computer problems have played a major role in a number of air and rail catastrophes these past 20 years. Some high-tech space projects have also failed due to software glitches. And in our everyday lives, remote control in all its forms is becoming increasingly widespread. Today, designers are trying to rationalise software and related fields of application, with an aim to design more 'intelligent' products and systems, including trains, boilers and, more prosaically, household appliances. Read more
15/02/2007
Access to research results has a significant role to play in driving innovation and maintaining the quality of research. Developments in digital technology challenge existing business models and practices for making research results available, and with open access research funding bodies are taking different approaches. The Commission has therefore launched on 15 February a policy document to examine how new digital technologies can be better used to increase access to research publications and data as an important driver for innovation in our increasingly knowledge-based economy. With this new approach, the Commission launches an EU-level framework to support new ways of promoting better access to scientific information online and to preserve research results digitally for future generations. The Commission's ideas are discussed at a major conference in Brussels on 15 and 16 February. This conference follows on from an expert study commissioned in 2006. Read more
15/02/2007
The Commission has adopted on 15 February the Decision reserving the 116000 telephone number in all Member States as a hotline for reporting missing children. Other common Europe-wide telephone services of social value starting with 116 may soon be reserved following this Decision. Read more
15/02/2007
20th Plenary Meeting of the European Regulators Group, Brussels, 15 February 2007 Read more
15/02/2007
This Commission Decision introduces the numbering range beginning with '116' for services of social value Read more
13/02/2007
ICT are increasingly being used to improve the quality, provision and access to care while also bringing new elements to the reflection on the financial sustainability of health systems. However, questions exist over the legal and regulatory implications for eHealth services, especially as these can cross institutional boundaries and national borders. One initiative, 'Legally eHealth', aims to help remove those doubts at the EU level. The study forms part of the 'Good eHealth' cluster of studies that support the European eHealth Action Plan. Read more

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