eHealth refers to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for promoting, empowering and facilitating health and well-being on a global, regional and country level. This includes, among others, patients’ diagnosis and treatment, conducting research, educating the health workforce, tracking diseases and monitoring public health.
Even though this innovative project relies heavily on ICT, there is more to eHealth than just computerized technology. The decisions that are being made about the healthcare depend also on the high level expertise with which the information is recorded, managed, analysed and transmitted. At the same time, there is a need for fundamental re-thinking of healthcare processes, therefore eHealth represents more a radically new way of working, rather than a specific technology of application.
Some examples of the current eHealth initiatives carried out at different levels:
Actively engaged in the European research, Data Mining International currently participates in several EU funded projects related to eHealth, by developing Business models and Cost-Benefit analyses according to various perspectives, in order to establish the value and the sustainability of this new approach, namely:
> EHR4CR (IMI): Electronic Health Records for Clinical Research – Business Model Innovation
This initiative is – to date – one of the largest public-private partnerships aiming at providing adaptable, reusable and scalable solutions (tools and services) for reusing data from Electronic Health Record systems for Clinical Research.
> SEMANTICHEALTHNET(FP7): Semantic interoperability of clinical and biomedical knowledge
The SemanticHealthNet project is developing a scalable and sustainable pan-European organizational and governance process for the semantic interoperability of clinical and biomedical knowledge, to help ensure that Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems are optimized for patient care, public health and clinical research across healthcare systems and institutions.