Patient empowerment is considered a potential tool to reduce healthcare costs and improve efficiency of the health systems, reinforcing healthcare quality. Patient empowerment has become an element of high priority in the EU health strategy, supported by national and regional health authorities. Building on already existing e-health platforms and services in the participating regions, the PALANTE project focused on the implementation, scaling up and optimisation of 9 demonstration pilots based on the concept of secure and user friendly online access by citizens to their medical/health data.
The main goal was to empower patients so they will be able to make informed decisions about their health, take an active role in their care and collaborate effectively with their healthcare team thanks to the use of information and communication technologies. The PALANTE Project considered 7 new pilots in 6 countries and 2 additional on-going pilots in 2 other countries. Globally, the project mobilised 21 partners in 10 different countries, and 69.550 new users. All the pilots addressed the issue of patient’s secure access to their own health information. Additionally, 5 of these pilots dealt with integrated chronic disease management support, including comprehensive self-learning, education and monitoring systems that will be validated for diabetes, chronic heart failure, severe arthritis and respiratory diseases. They covered a wide range of services with different grade of complexity and thus different number of patients according to each service.
EHMA identified and established an expert group of key experts and practitioners in each country and provided support to strengthen the effective use of findings in each country.
Mid Term Conference:
Addressing eHealth Innovation Challenges – Empowering patients
6 November 2013, Brussels
The conference discussed the challenges and opportunities for implementing eHealth solutions in Europe’s regions, caused by shifting relationships between health professionals and patients, trust and accessibility of new devices and systems, and involvement of all stakeholders in the implementation process.
The final programme is available here.
Pictures of the meeting are available here.
The following presentations are available:
- Mikko Nenonen – Empowering Patients and Professionals; the Role of eHealth
- Walter Atzori – eHealth and patient empowerment
- Panel discussion 1: Manuel Aguilar Diosdado
- Panel discussion 2: Erdem Alpay
- Panel discussion 3: Kelli Podosvilev
- Panel discussion 4: Ingrid Heitmann
This project has received funding from the European Union’s ICT Policiy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme under GA n° 297260.
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