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This section holds copies of eHealth position papers, guidelines and recommandations of organisations active in the field of eHealth as well as Communications and Directives by the European Commission.

eHealth - Building on Strength to Provide Better Healthcare Anytime Anywhere

Presented at the eHealth 2005 Conference, Tromsø, Norway 23-24 May 2005, this backgroud paper was edited by Petra Wilson, European Health Management Association. EHTEL like other NGOs contributed to this paper as is evident from the Introduction: Building on the strength of the eHealth conferences of 2003 and 2004 and in support of the eHealth action plan, this year’s conference concentrates on the three central capacities of eHealth: ** facilitating the mobility of patients and professionals, ** supporting more responsive health services, ** improving access, quality, safety and productivity. Through this short booklet we introduce each of the three conference themes, looking at the current European state of play in each domain. Each section also includes opinions and commentaries from key European stakeholder groups: the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), the Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM), the Health on the Net Foundation (HON), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and the European Society for Quality in Health (ESQH).

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Communication "e-Health - making healthcare better for European citizens: An Action Plan for a European e-Health Area": April 2004

This Communication, a key in the development and implementation of eHealth in the European Union, proposes an Action Plan.

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Communication "Follow-up to the high level reflection process on patient mobility and healthcare developments in the EU": April 2004

Published shortly before the communication on eHealth, this COM(2004)301 refers to eHealth as having a role in delivering the results expected, namely to use resources better by enhancing coordination between Member States, in particular in certain areas such as: ** Patient mobility, ** Professional mobility, ** Networking / development of centres of excellence, ** Information sharing, ** Increased cooperation at EU level

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Communication "Modernising social protection for the development of high quality, accessible and sustainable health care and long-term care...": April 2004

Published at the same time as the communication on the follow-up to the high level reflection process, this COM(2004)304 refers to eHealth as having a role in delivering the expected results, in this case being: - Improving accessibility (social inclusion) - Improving quality - Ensuring long-term financial sustainability

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Electronic Business in the Health and Social Services Sector

Published in May 2004, this sector report was performed by e-Business W@tch, an entity launched in 2002 by the European Commission's DG Enterprise to monitor the growing maturity of electronic business across different sectors of the economy in the enlarged European Union and in EEA countries.

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Report: European Health Forum: Final Recommendations & Guidelines to European Union Enlargement: 11 November 2002

Written by the European Union Health Policy Forum in Brussels, 22 November 2002. To: the European Commission; the European Parliament; national representatives of EU Member States and Candidate Countries; the Economic and Social Committee; the Committee of the Regions; the European Investment Bank and the wider European health community.

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Guidelines for Telemedicine: Standing Committee of European Doctors, October 2002

In order to give guidance to doctors in the use of new information & communication technologies in their practice, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has developed guidelines on telemedicine, e-correspondence between doctors and their patients and on marketing of health services over the net. The CPME has also made a study in its member countries in order to evaluate in which way telemedicine is practiced and which problems have been encountered. The problems and difficulties have been analysed and the CPME has developed policies and recommendations for solutions. The reader will find opinions of the medical profession on many practical aspects of telemedicine in this book. Quite evidently the legislation has not been able to cope with the pace of the development, wherefore these guiding principles are even more important.

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Smart Cards as Enabling Technology for Future-Proof Healthcare

White Paper of eEurope Smart Card Charter, November 2002. The eEurope Smart Card (eESC) initiative "is designed to encourage the deployment of smart cards across Europe and respond to the wants and needs of the citizens and the business community". This White Paper extends this mission to the field of health and healthcare; thereby highlighting patients and citizens wants and needs in the emerging era of eHealth services. "Within the overall eEurope 2002 initiative a smart card action plan was specified, the first step of which was the creation of a Smart Card Charter setting down the issues that have to be resolved before smart cards can fully act to support the aspirations of citizens with respect to ICT. The action plan addresses both the citizens needs and those of the business community in terms of business cases, multi-functionality and interoperability of systems and infrastructure, and the provision of trust in all aspects of service delivery." "The trailblazer on health [one of the 12 projects of the Smart Card Charter] should give recommendations for a European wide interoperability of health cards. This applies to patient data cards as well as to health professional cards and to their usage in networks. It covers administrative data as well as health/health related data […]." This document is the "White Paper" which constitutes a principal output of 'Trailblazer' 11. It presents views expressed by members who have specific experience in the use of Smart Cards in the health care sector.

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Report: "IT Support for Advanced Homecare": February 2002

The seminar "Living at Home - Healthcare in the Home" was organised in Stockholm on 20 February 2002 by Carelink, the Vårdal Foundation and the Knowledge Foundation. Part of a series of seminars from the research programme known as "IT in Health and Medical Care" (ITHS), this particular conference gathered much interest. This report of the seminar gathers the lectures made and also deals with the important issues of demographics and recruiting staff for healthcare in the future.

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Study: "Understanding the Market for eHealth": October 2001

This report on marketing issues in health telematics in the UK was produced by Silicon Bridge Research Limited. It was commissioned by the UK Department of Trade and Industry. The study represents part of an ongoing European programme of strategic market research targeted at stimulating constructive dialogue between users and suppliers of health informatics products and services. The objective is to provide a baseline of practical market information that will help organisations with strategic interests in eHealth to make effective business and investment decisions for deployment of information and communication technologies in healthcare. The report looks at the eHealth market in terms of: scoping eHealth opportunities managing eHealth complexity encouraging eHealth collaboration

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Report: SATS Final Report: October 2000

A study on the use of advanced telecommunications services by healthcare establishments for telecommunications regulatory policy of the European Union. SATS Final Report by EMPIRICA (Germany) and Work Research Centre (Ireland), October 2000.

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Market Analysis: The Emerging European Health Telematics Industry: April 2000

Market Analysis on the emerging European Health Telematics Industry" prepared by Deloitte & Touche on behalf of the European Commission, DG Information Society. version 1.1 dated 25 April 2000.

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