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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Title of document: Lithuanian journey towards national ehealth infrastructures
Name of author(s): Karl A. Stroetmann, Jörg Artmann, Veli N. Stroetmann
Name of publisher: European Commission Information Society and Media Directorate General
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
These types of projects are a concrete sign that Europe is experiencing a strong political momentum to advance eHealth solutions for the benefit of both its citizens and health systems. Political support for such initiatives has been well formulated by the European Council of Ministers responsible for eHealth, which adopted in December of 2009 a set of Conclusions underlining the key role of eHealth for better, safer and more efficient healthcare systems.
1 The Ministers also endorsed the European eHealth Governance Initiative,a new mechanisms to facilitate cooperation between Member States, the European Commission and key stakeholder groups, and to work more closely together in bringing eHealth forward.All this indicates that Europe is enjoying a very favourable political context for health system related information and communications technologies (ICT). But supportive politics is
not enough as Europe is emerging from a very challenging socio-economic crisis. However,history has taught that challenging situations trigger major innovations. The European Commission, in its recent Europe 2020 Strategy, has identified Smart Growth as a
key target domain. Here European Innovation Partnerships,2 like in the field of ‘active and healthy ageing’, have been identified for upcoming Flagship Initiatives. In other words, the 1 Council of the European Union (2009). Council Conclusions on Safe and efficient healthcare through eHealth. 2980th EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL POLICY, HEALTH AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The Review of this study are proof that European countries are not only well on their way towards implementing eHealth solutions
to uphold their social values, but that Europe is indeed leading the rest of the world in advancing towards modern eHealth infrastructures and implementations at a level not seen anywhere else in such a concentration.
There is a strong felt need to improve eHealth training and education for professionals,but also to focus on reducing the asymmetry in capabilities, information and knowledgebetween health professionals and patients, and thereby strengthen stakeholder engagement.
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