29 January 2010
Activités du Comité belge de normalisation "Health Informatics" 

Activités du Comité belge de normalisation "Health Informatics" (ISO TC215 - CEN TC251 )

En avril 2009, Agoria TIC a organisé une réunion afin d'expliquer la structure et les règles de fonctionnement du paysage de la normalisation belge et du champ d'application de la norme ISO TC215 et le CEN TC251 "health informatics".

Aujourd'hui, 18 experts ont été enregistrés en tant que membre de la commission-miroir belge pour l'ISO TC215 et le CEN TC251.

La première réunion de suivi de ce comité de normalisation belge se tiendra le 25 du février 2010 de 14h à 16h, vous y êtes cordialement invité.

Champ d'action du comité ISO TC215

"Standardization in the field of information for health, and Health Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to achieve compatibility and interoperability between independent systems.

Also, to ensure compatibility of data for comparative statistical purposes (e.g. classifications), and to reduce duplication of effort and redundancies."

Ordre du jour

  • Règles de travail et structure du comité-miroir belge pour l'ISO TC215 et le CEN TC251
  • Présentation des projets en cours de l'ISO TC215 et du CEN TC251
  • FAGG: points d'intérêt dans la norme ISO TC215 et le CEN TC251
  • Ordre du jour des prochaines réunions internationales de l'ISO TC215 et du CEN TC251
  • Questions et réponses.


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28 January 2010
UK: Scotland - Launch of ‘Health-e-Space’ website 

UK: Scotland - Launch of ‘Health-e-Space’ website


UK: Scotland - Launch of ‘Health-e-Space’ website

The 'Health-e-Space' website has gone online in Moray, Scotland, aiming to encourage individuals to play an active role in personal health matters by providing them with a series of online tools and information. The website allows anybody living in Moray to become a member and to obtain local health information, links to recommended websites and suggestions on how to live with health conditions. Its sister website, the 'Health-e-Space Community', serves as a social networking platform for people to share their health concerns and experiences among them in the Moray area. The co-founder of Health-e-Space and consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Dr. Gray's hospital in Elgin, Professor Grant P. Cummings, said that according to a recent research the drive behind empowering people to take greater responsibility for their health has arisen. He also added that "We've got to start thinking about doing health differently. If we carry on doing what we're doing now, research shows that by 2020 almost every school leaver will need to be involved in the healthcare sector." The website moreover provides users with several services such as 'visit the clinic', an online tool for patients to interact with professionals of the National Health System (NHS). It also offers detailed information on health conditions and a section where clinicians can blog about specialist subjects. Mr. Cummings compared the eHealth portal with some of the well-known social networking websites but with a distinctive difference - that of discretion - since patients' health matters can remain private. The initial cost for the creation of the website was around £4 000 (approx. €4 500) and its development is being completed as a partnership involving the NHS Grampian, the Moray Community Health & Social Care Partnership (MCHSCP), the Moray College, the Moray Council and several others. Cummings said that he did not see Health-e-Space as a competitor to HealthSpace, the English NHS website being rolled out alongside the Summary Care Record to allow patients to access elements of their patient record. In this regard, he said: "Giving people access to their records through the site may be something we look to do in the future but it's certainly a few more years down the line." Cumming's vision is that the website will provide patients with their own patient centred medical toolkit that encompasses clinician's expertise, linked websites, information on where to go for treatment and purchases and the view of the patient to provide complete personal view of an individuals health needs. "As far as we know there is nothing out there like this. The clinician is the expert in the diagnosis but the patient is the expert in their own care."
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28 January 2010
Future internet to make Europe's systems smart and efficient: fewer traffic jams, lower emissions, better healthcare 
Future internet to make Europe's systems smart and efficient: fewer traffic jams, lower emissions, better healthcare

(28 October 2009)Less congested roads, better and more efficient energy delivery or state of the art medical treatment managed at home are typical examples made possible by the Internet of the Future. It will connect physical objects such as cars or mobile devices with infrastructures (for example traffic management systems), so that massive amounts of data can be used in real-time to improve their business process and efficiency. The European Commission today unveiled a strategy to put Europe at the forefront when it comes to the development of smart internet-powered infrastructures. It calls on Europe's governments and its ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) sector to take advantage of the increasing demand for innovative applications of the internet to make existing infrastructures like healthcare systems, energy grids or traffic management 'smart'. To do this it will launch a partnership between public authorities and major ICT players with a budget for 2011-2013 of €300 million available for projects to be selected in the near future, to complement the €200 million yearly ICT support to ongoing research for underlying internet technology.

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15 September 2009
Articles, reports and studies 
Health-e-Child: An eHealth Platform for European Paediatrics

(11 September 2009)September monthly focus: Health-e-Child supports doctors in their clinical decision process in rare paediatric diseases through an innovative integrated healthcare platform. Health-e-Child brings together four major paediatric hospitals and 10 further European research entities. Clinicians can now freely and seamlessly use the Grid network of 12 collaborating sites across Europe to conduct large studies and exchange clinical information within the network. The platform securely handles anonymised medical data and makes all of them converge into a cohesive unified picture of each patient’s clinical state.

See also: Previous Monthly Focus

New in the Library

Telemedicine for depression - A Systematic Review (Spain)

11 September 2009

The 14.7% of the population has a mood disorder, and more than 50% do not receive treatment. Information and communication technology could improve healthcare. A systematic review was considered in order to know the programmes which apply ICT in the management of depression and to assess their effectiveness.

See also: Health Technology Assessment Agency. Instituto de Salud Carlos III.

What about telepsychiatry? Systematic Review (Spain)

11 September 2009

Evaluation the effectiveness of videoconferencing in mental illness via systematic review of randomized clinical trials for which intervention utilise videoconference to manage any mental disease, versus face-to-face.

See also: Health Technology Assessment Agency - Instituto de Salud Carlos III

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15 September 2009
Daily information on eHealth events and projects 

European Health Forum Gastein

30 September 2009 - 3 October 2009 Gastein, Germany

This year's conference will draw attention to the impact of the financial crisis and subsequent economic recession on health and health care. In line with the call for leadership made at EHFG 2008, the global financial turmoil should not sway nations from existing commitments made to strengthen health systems. Senior decision makers from policy and administration, business and industry, research and civil society will discuss the impacts of the crisis but also its opportunities for health.



Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit 2009

1 December 2009 - 2 December 2009 London, UK

The Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit is developed in co-operation with the Continua Alliance, Bluetooth Special Interest Group, NHS, M:Health Alliance and GSMA to provide cutting edge networking, business opportunities and industry learning for telecoms operators, (nu medical) device manufacturers, systems integrators, wellness sensor and chip set developers, SaaS companies, healthcare providers, management, and clinicians operating in the field of mobile healthcare innovation and solution.

See also: forum: mobile healthcare and e-health innovation and implementation

Workshop "Future Internet of People, Things and Services (IoPTS) eco-Systems Empowering Future AAL Teams of Companion Robots and e-Carers" - CompanionAble workshop in collaboration with the AAL Cluster

1 December 2009 - 2 December 2009 Brussels, Belgium

The 1st International Internet of Things and Services (IoTS) 2-day Workshop at the TrustAMI08 Conference Sophia AntiPolis in September 2008 attracted a considerable number of high quality contributions including both papers and demonstrations and around 40 delegates attended that Workshop. The following Internet of Things & Services (IoTS) Network Session at the EC Conference, Lyon, in November 2008 attracted about 70 attendees. Another thematically related Network Session on “Virtual User Systems for AAL” in the EC Conference, Lyon, November 2008, attracted excellent contributors and an audience of around 100. This year again the CompanionAble project confidently invites and expects excellent contributions to this thematically integrated workshop on a confluence of Future Internet, IoPTs-AAL enabling technologies, and is prepared to hold it as a 2-day or longer workshop depending on the number of submitted good quality papers. This workshop will interest academic and industrial researchers, innovation strategists as well as IoPTS solution integrators.

See also:

Posted by Rudi Vansnick at 10:29 am for events, workshops
4 September 2009
Web seminars September 2009 

Web Seminars

Web Seminar on September 10 @ 2 PM ET--Tenet Healthcare: Finding The Keys for Securing the Clinical Desktop & Protecting Patient Data

There are many factors a healthcare organization considers when determining its desktop security strategy—from the types of technology to utilize to the cost, scalability and manageability of the solutions and the impact it will have on caregivers. If not done correctly, there is often a trade-off between ease of access and the security of patient data.

Web Seminar on September 15 @ 2 PM ET--The Crystal Clear Healthcare Provider: How to Achieve Transparency in Today's New Economy with Business Intelligence

You'll hear from industry experts from SAP and Deloitte talk about how healthcare providers are achieving greater clarity and business, clinical and service excellence through the enablement of a new breed of business intelligence (BI).

Web Seminar on September 16 @ 12 PM ET-- Making Smarter Healthcare a Reality: Implications for Today's CIO

CIOs in the healthcare industry play a pivotal role in delivering on the organization's business strategy and, ultimately, in enabling innovation. They face a never-ending set of challenges and must balance many roles. Before them is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lay the digital foundation for what is needed ahead. How can CIOs succeed and make smarter healthcare a reality?

Web Seminar on September 23 @ 2 PM ET--Achieving a Successful Two-Factor Implementation in Your Hospital

IT security is a growing concern in hospitals. The threats are more sophisticated and your staff is much more mobile. Plus, everyone's time is stretched to the maximum. So what does it take to truly achieve a successful two-factor implementation in your hospital?

On-Demand--Next Generation Decision Support for Hospitals

This session demonstrates how IT can deliver highly-effective executive dashboards using Microsoft technologies that you already own.

Posted by R Vansnick at 6:02 pm for seminars
8 July 2009
New gTLDs period announced ... first quarter 2010 

Since ICANN was founded ten years ago as a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to coordinating the Internet's addressing system, one of its foundational principles has been to promote competition in the domain name marketplace while ensuring Internet security and stability. The expansion of the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) will allow for more innovation, choice and change to the Internet's addressing system, now represented by 21 gTLDs.

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Posted by Rudi Vansnick at 8:51 am for ICANN
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