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Advisory Board meeting of the "eHealth Benchmarking" study took place at the European Ministerial eHealth Conference 2008

The Advisory Board meeting took place on 6 May 2008 and was attended by around 10 invited experts from different institutions and backgrounds (e.g. OECD, WHO, national governments, IT industry, research and academics) and the European Commission. empirica presented the Inception Report of the study which will act as the roadmap of the one year project to deliver ist results towards the end of the first quarter in 2009. The Advisory Board members all highly appreciated the objectives of the study and the approach taken. They also agreed that the study objectives are very ambitious and offered their continuous support to the project. The study will conduct background research and review existing measurement tools and systems for ICT for Health, as well as available eHealth statistics, in order to establish a framework for data compilation and to make progress towards the future establishment of an effective eHealth benchmarking system in Europe, collect the data on an agreed set of eHeal...

Clear policies have a positive impact on the spread of eHealth use

At the European eHealth Conference in Slovenia, the European Commission has presented the results of a pan-European survey, showing that European doctors increasingly store and send patients' data such as lab reports electronically. 87% of European general practitioners (GPs) use a computer, 69% are connected to the Internet, and of these 69% with a broadband connection. HealthTech Wire talked to Werner B. Korte, director at the research and consulting firm empirica, about the study results and how general practitioners could make better use of eHealth applications such as telemonitoring, electronic prescriptions and cross-border medical services.Published: 05/07- (HealthTech Wire) - Which results of the study did you find most surprising?Despite the wide availability of a computer and an Internet connection, these are not yet regularly used for patient encounters and paper-based data handling is still prevalent in many GP practices. It is most striking in areas like the transfer...

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