Guide to REgional Good Practice eHealth

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Author(s): Guohua Bai, Gustav Malmqvist
Title: Guide to REgional Good Practice eHealth
Series: Guide to Regional Good Practice
Year: 2007
Editor: Gustav Malmqvist
Publisher: Eris@, DG Regional policy, EC
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Interaction and System Design (Sektionen för teknik – adv. för interaktion och systemdesign)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: This report shows the result of the work of IANIS+ eHealth work group (WG). The WG has collected regional
eHealth experiences from around Europe through a number of activities:
• Regional eHealth case studies of which 17 (from 15 regions) are shown in this report
• Four joint meetings of the group of which one was a policy seminar with invited guests from the EU Commission,
relevant organisations in the field of eHealth and regional authorities
• A meeting with the European Commission DG Information Society & Media, Unit H1 eHealth
• Collaboration with the eHealth network within the organisation Assembly of European Regions (AER)
• Attendance in recent major eHealth conferences:
· Personal Health Systems arranged by the European Commission when launching the eHealth part of the 7th
Framework Programme, 11-12 February 2007
· The EU-US eHealth Policy Workshop, 10 May 2007
· The final conference of the INTERREG IIIB project Baltic eHealth, 21-22 May 2007
• eHealth seminars at IANIS+ annual conferences in Blekinge 2006 and Bilbao 2007
The innovation perspective of eHealth in the regions has been the focus for the IANIS+ eHealth WG. Regional
diversity regarding strategies, policies, and action plans for eHealth can act as a driving factor for successful
eHealth projects, but leads also to challenges for interoperability, standardisation, integrity and security.
It is important to learn from others. It may be about how to choose the right technology or what methods to
use for implementation. Depending on what area of eHealth, there are numerous projects and up-and-running
services from which we can learn. Not to forget there are also many experiences from unsuccessful trials. Even if
an eHealth solution has failed in one setting, it can be a success under different circumstances.
The aim of the IANIS+ eHealth Working Group was to share experience between regions belonging to the
network, and bring up some issues of good practice for regional eHealth implementation. Projects brought up
in the IANIS+ working group are projects in there own rights, with pros and cons. The projects cover different
perspectives and types of eHealth. Some were difficult to evaluate while others are valuable comparable
experiences from different settings and circumstances. In any case, we can learn something from all the cases as
examples from reality and as a complement to formal evaluations and scientific studies of eHealth.
We would rather use the term good practice than best practice. There is always something good to learn from
others while there is hardly any best practice that works under every circumstance.
Subject: Computer Science\General
Public Health\General
Business Administration\International Business
Keywords: eHealth, guide, good practice