EHTEL – Coordinator
Founded in 1999, EHTEL (the European Health Telematics Association) is a pan European multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary forum. It provides a leadership and networking platform for European corporate, institutional and individual actors dedicated to the betterment of healthcare delivery through eHealth.
EHTEL serves and convenes a growing membership of more than 50 organisations that come from various viewpoints and which are united in their interest to make eHealth work. By collecting and distilling their voices through work groups and publications, EHTEL amplifies the constituency for eHealth in the European arena.
EHTEL facilitates the sharing of experience with colleagues and representatives across Europe and beyond. It also collaborates closely with other European stakeholder associations. The multitude of backgrounds and interests of these stakeholders enables EHTEL, as a neutral forum, to draw a more complete picture of the benefits and challenges of the deployment of ICT in the fields of health and social care, and thereby identify topics requiring particular attention and further developments at European level.
CHA – WP Leader for Dissemination
The Continua Health Alliance is a non-profit, open industry coalition of healthcare and technology companies joining together in collaboration to improve the quality of personal healthcare. With more than 250 member companies around the world, Continua is dedicated to establishing a system of interoperable personal health solutions with the knowledge that extending those solutions into the home fosters independence, empowers individuals and provides the opportunity for truly personalized health and wellness management.
RSD – WP Leader for Knowledge Gathering & consolidation
Region of Southern Denmark is one of five administrative regions in Denmark. The main duty of the regions is the running of the Danish health service. Region of Southern Denmark is thus responsible for running the health service in Southern Denmark. The regions are also in charge of a number of specialised social services, including care for the disabled. The regions must also attract and coordinate growth and development in their own districts. Region of Southern Denmark has four hospital units spread over 18 addresses. In addition, it has a partnership on free medical treatment with 800 general practitioners.
SCTT (NHS 24) – WP Leader for the theme Telemedicine Strategy and Management
The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT) is part of NHS 24, a Special Health Board providing national services across Scotland and directly responsible to Scottish Ministers. In April 2011, the National Telecare Programme merged with SCT to become the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT). The prime aim of the SCTT is to provide practical help to Health Boards and Local Councils across Scotland as they seek to realise the potential of telehealth and telecare in the redesign of health and care services, including policies. The SCTT Strategic Framework has been adopted by the Scottish Government as the national Telehealth Strategy, and the SCTT is currently delivering four national telemedicine programmes (Stroke, Paediatrics, Mental Health, and Long Term Conditions, focussing on COPD). In addition, the team is managing the technical implementation of a national videoconferencing solution, and a national education programme. SCTT harnesses the skills and expertise of key groups across Scotland from medicine, academia, operational management and telehealth/telecare technology suppliers.
EeHF – WP Leader for the theme Organisational Implementation and Change Management
The Estonian E-Health Foundation (EeHF) was established in 2005 by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia (MoS) and leading Estonian healthcare service providers with the objective to initiate and implement e-health activities in Estonia as well as to develop and manage the Estonian nation-wide Electronic Health Record System (EHR.
EeHF develops and administrates the nationwide EHR; coordinates and develops the integration of Estonian healthcare providers’ information systems; develops and manages nationwide health registries; develops, manages and publishes standards and classifications in healthcare sector; coordinates development of nationwide medical guidelines; cooperates with healthcare providers and with other institutions involved in healthcare provision. In addition to promoting and developing national e-solutions within the healthcare system, EeHF also has a broader goal of promoting the development of a patient-centred healthcare system that has empowered and well-informed patients. Estonian EHR System were launched in January 2009, and the gradual development of the system will continue until 2013.
NST – WP Leader for the theme Legal and Regulatory Issues
The Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine (NST) is a centre of research and expertise that gathers, produces and disseminates knowledge about telemedicine services, both in Norway and internationally.
The goal is to ensure the integration of telemedicine services. NST is an internationally known organization and was chosen as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Telemedicine in 2002.
The NST is together with several partners building a scientific environment within telemedicine and eHealth. Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory (TTL) was established in 2006 as a Centre for Research-Based Innovation and are combining human caring with new technologies, in order to provide better health care and reduce the growing burden on the health care system.
TicSalut – WP Leader for the theme Technical Infrastructure and Vendor Relations
Fundació TicSalut (TicSalut) is part of the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya,(Catalonia/ES).TicSalut’s main specific objectives are to provide the strategic guidance for the decision-making on ICT in the health area, to offer technical support to policy makers, users and providers of technological solutions, and to introduce the newest technological applications in the health area. TicSalut sponsors innovative IT-health pilot projects and applied research for participative and eHealth activities, represents the Health Ministry in European healthcare networks and large-scale pilot deployments, fosters project alliances between health service suppliers and technical experts, and oversees standards adoption in Catalonia as well as Catalan representation and collaboration in national, European and international standards bodies.
Currently TicSalut monitors 12 Health telemonitoring projects, 66 telemedicine projects,11 teleassistance projects, and deploys its own pilots (in Renewing Health, NEXES and epSOS).
AIM – Consortium Member
The Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM) was founded in 1950 and has its secretariat in Brussels. AIM groups 44 national federations or associations of autonomous, private, but not-for-profit health and social mutual benefit societies from 25 countries worldwide. The members of AIM provide coverage against sickness and other social welfare risks to more than 240 million people worldwide (160 million in Europe), either by participating directly in the management of compulsory health insurance, by providing voluntary health insurance or by delivering directly health care and social services through own facilities.
CATEL – Consortium Member
CATEL is a French organisation created in October 1997. It has become a network of more than 16,000 individuals concerned with telemedicine (practitioners, firms, associations, institutions, labs…) and nearly 700 active members. Its goal is to contribute to the development of telemedicine by (1) organising meetings (including the annual International Telemedicine Day and international study tours; (2) communications including the website www.portailtelesante.org, Flash News, a monthly Newsletter, reports and publications: and (3) consulting services that help members develop and evaluate their telehealth projects and engage with large telemedicine project with international organisations working in the field.
CPME – Consortium Member
The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) aims to promote the highest standards of medical training and medical practice in order to achieve the highest quality of health care for all patients in Europe.
CPME is also concerned with the promotion of public health, the relationship between patients and doctors and the free movement of doctors within the European Union.
CPME represents the National Medical Associations of 27 countries in Europe and works closely with the National Medical Associations of countries that have applied for EU membership as well as specialized European medical associations.
CCN – Consortium Member
Norrbotten County Council is responsible for delivering health care and dental care to the citizens of Norrbotten County. The county is Sweden’s largest region by area and represents almost a quarter of Sweden. With a population of 250.000 inhabitants the region belongs to the most sparsely populated areas in the EU. Faced with the geographically challenge combined with a rapid growing elderly population the development of ICTs within healthcare has a high priority.
DGG – Consortium Member
DGG, Forum for eHealth and Ambient Assisted Living, promotes since 1998 the development and deployment of eHealth and telemedicine services. It is the first recognised non-for-profit organisation (registered association) for eHealth services in Germany.
Today, DGG endorses networked and regionalised health and social services as the crucial success factor to enable personal well-being according to the comprehensive WHO definition and to enable better quality and efficiency of healthcare systems. DGG co-organises TELEMED, the annual National Forum for eHealth and telemedicine and other events in Germany. As part of international collaboration, DGG is the responsible “National member” of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) and maintains cooperation agreements with the Austrian (ASSTeH) and Swiss (SGTMeH) associations for telemedicine and eHealth.
e-Trikala – Consortium Member
e-Trikala S.A. is an SME, formed within the Municipality of Trikala. The Municipality is the basic stakeholder owning 99% while the rest 1% is owned by the local Chambers of Commerce.
By creating infrastructure and by providing services, e-Trikala continuously aims to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based applications, oriented to the improvement of all citizens’ everyday life, in a medium sized city, delivering new services related to the local way of life.
The company’s main areas of expertise are:
- e-government & e-democracy
- geographical information systems
- networks (Wi-Fi, fiber optic)
- event planning & organizing (exhibitions, conferences, galas)
EHMA – Consortium Member
Description : EHMA is a not for profit membership association, administered by a secretariat with oversight from a board made up of elected and co-opted members. EHMA’s Membership is open to all institutions that support the Association’s aims. EHMA currently has over 160 member institutions across 31 countries. EHMA’s aim is to improve the quality and build the capacity of health management across the European Region. The Association seeks to improve health management and health policies through the development and exchange of both ideas and practices among academics, researchers, managers, clinicians, policy makers and consumers throughout Europe. EHMA defines health management in its broadest sense, including management in public health and clinicians (doctors and nurses) in management. EHMA structures its activities under three multiannual areas: quality and inclusion, innovation and sustainable health systems, underpinned by leadership and knowledge transfer.
HOPE – Consortium Member
HOPE, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, is an internationl non-profit organisation, created in 1966. HOPE represents national public and private hospital associations and hospital owners, either federations of local and regional authorities or national health services. Today, HOPE is made up of 34 organisations coming from the 27 Member States of the European Union, Switzerland and the Republic of Serbia.
HOPE mission is to promote improvements in the health of citizens throughout Europe, high standard of hospital care and to foster efficiency with humanity in the organisation and operation of hospital and healthcare services.
UEMS – Consortium Member
The UEMS is a non-governmental organisation representing national associations of medical specialists in the European Union and in associated countries. With a current membership of 35 countries and operating through 39 specialists sections and European boards, the UEMS brings together approximately 1.4 million medical specialists in Europe. With the support of its membership, the UEMS is committed to the promotion of free movement of European medical specialists while ensuring the highest quality of medical care for European citizens
PTTM – Consortium Member
Polskie Towarzystwo Telemedycyny (Polish Telemedicine Society, PTTM) was established in 1997 in Warsaw, Poland, in 1998. It focuses on research to stimulate the development of telemedicine, eHealth and medical virtual reality, enhanced reality, and other information technologies in healthcare in clinical practice and science in Poland. It aims to support, enhance, develop and improve telemedicine, eHealth, medical virtual reality and information technology in healthcare and their applications. It cooperates with medical centres in the country and abroad, develops opinions and reviews in the field, facilitates research and networking with individuals and centres involved in telemedicine, eHealth, medical virtual reality and information technology in healthcare.
TSA – Consortium Member
Telecare Services Association (TSA) is the industry body for telecare and telehealth in the UK, and the largest industry specific network in Europe. TSA is a not-for-profit membership based organisation, with a current membership of over 340 organisations including Local Authorities, Registered Social Landlords, Health, private sector service providers, private sector technology suppliers, telecoms and infrastructure providers. Our members support the majority of the 1.7 million service users who benefit from telecare and telehealth in the UK.
TSA promotes and supports the telecare and telehealth industry, highlighting the benefits of telecare and telehealth for commissioners across health and social care, service users, their family and carers. Significantly, TSA is the only creator of a user-centred, quality standard for telecare in the world, and our standards – set out in a Code of Practice – are developed in partnership with Government and industry experts.
ZTG – Consortium Member
ZTG (Competence Centre for Healthcare Telematics) is an independent Competence Centre for eHealth and Telemedicine with a focus on North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Corporate members of this unique Public Private Partnership are key healthcare stakeholders (medical associations, hospital associations and health insurance etc.) and leading ICT service providers. ZTG fosters interoperable eHealth and telemedicine services in support of integrated and sustainable healthcare. Key activities are consulting, knowledge transfer and project management services. ZTG also manages the “eGesundheit.nrw” State Initiative that pursues to establish an eHealth infrastructure and a variety of eHealth services including telemedicine within NRW. ZTG will particularly link its telemedicine model region in Ost-Westphalen-Lippe and joint activities with the Health and Diabetes Center NRW in Bad Oeynhausen.
AQuAS – Network Member
AQuAS is a public entity of the Catalan Health Ministry with more than 20 years of history. Its mission is generating relevant knowledge to contribute to the improvement of the quality, safety and sustainability of the Catalan Health Care System and thus easing the decision-making process for citizens and health care managers and professionals.
AQuAS is a founding member of the International Network of Agencies of Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA), it is a corporative member of the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi), of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N), of the CIBER group (Networked Biomedical Research Centers) in Epidemiology and Public Health, of the Rapid Assessment and Research (RAR) group in Health Care Services and Results, acknowledged by the Catalan Government, and the REDISSEC (Spanish Research Network on Health Care in Chronic Diseases).
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COCIR – Network Member
COCIR is the voice of the European Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry. COCIR is a non-profit trade association, founded in 1959, representing the medical technology industry in Europe. COCIR’s members play a driving role in developing the future of healthcare in Europe and worldwide.
Czech National eHealth Center – Network Member
The Czech National eHealth Center (NTMC) was established as a coordinating and educational center for eHealth and telemedicine, to support the Czech eHealth sector, to search and explore new trends and practices, to test and implement these innovations and principles into practice and last but not least, to develop and use the modern methods in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
The initiatiors of NTMC are the University Hospital Olomouc (FNOL) and the Palacký University Olomouc, Other cooperating partners include university institutes, health organizations, technology companies and other relevant actors.
IHMT – Network Member
The Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – IHMT) is an academic unit of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA), since 1980. IHMT is characterised by its postgraduate training, research and cooperation towards development. IHMT has been recognised at national and international levels for its scientific quality in postgraduate teaching and excellency in specific areas of research which are focused on tropical medicine and health-related areas considered problematic in developing countries (e.g. telemedicine services to improve access to healthcare in rural areas, etc.).
Mobile World Capital Barcelona – Network Member
Barcelona Mobile World Capital (BMWC) acts as a meeting point for the leading companies of the main industries; a space to share their vision of the industries’ mobile transformation and actively participate in the execution of the projects that will lead to the transformation.
BMWC’s mission is to help to create the optimal conditions so that activities between economic players become a reality, that their impact is magnified and that they transform the local territory into a global benchmark for mobile transformation.
Within the BMWC umbrella, mHealth is one of its Competence Center, with the mission to promote the improvement of the welfare and health of citizens by personalizing services based on mobile technology.
The vision of the mHealth CC is to become a key player in the development of mobile technologies applied to the field of health and welfare by promoting processes acceleration and alignment of stakeholders toward common goals. An organization with a global scope that responds to the challenges of all industry players from both a global and a local perspective
The mHealth Competence Center will facilitate the link between health services suppliers and users by cooperating with the main stakeholders in the industry through the following strategic lines:
- Specifying the strategic demands
- Customizing services based on mobile technology
- Adapting the technology supply
NVEH – Network Member
NVEH, the Dutch Association of eHealth, is the association for eHealth and telemedicine in the Netherlands. NVEH mission is to make eHealth and telemedicine a fully integrated and sustainable part of everyday healthcare practice, in order to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and accessibility of care. NVEH was established in February 2005, and is the Dutch eHealth platform for patients’ organizations, public authorities, advisory bodies, health insurance companies, health professionals, industry, research, education and trade organizations.
NVEH represents the Netherlands at the European level in the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH).
SGTM – Network Member
The Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Telemedizin und eHealth (SGTMeH) is a nonprofit association to promote the telemedicine and eHealth development and implementation, their evaluation and effects, and research and training. In Switzerland, telemedicine is increasingly gaining significance in the health care system. Its place as a central feature of future clinics and surgeries is assured. However, at the present time there are neither guidelines nor control mechanisms for the use of modern communication technologies in medicine. SGTMeH is a platform for health care professionals, developers and providers of technical solutions, supporting the development and use of modern communications methods and devices in a way optimal for patient care.
SERGAS – Network Member
SERGAS is the short name of the Galician Healthcare Service (or Servizo Galego de Saúde), the public healthcare provider in this region in the northwest corner of Spain. SERGAS works in close collaboration with the Regional Ministry of Health and the public health authority in Galicia. Their aim is to deliver high quality sustainable healthcare services through eHealth and innovation to 95 percent of the population in the region.
SERGAS participates in several projects with all type of agents, such as users, associations of patients, private companies, universities, technological centers, at national and EU level. SERGAS is looking for synergies that can improve healthcare services and bring new products and services to market, promoting Public Procurement of Innovation.
University of Hull – Network Member
The University of Hull has an extensive track record in the development, evaluation and application of technologies suitable for the delivery of integrated care services, including telehealth, telecare, mhealth and telemedicine. This expertise stems from combined clinical, health and care service and technological expertise of over 50 academics working together to create technologies which meet real clinical needs and are deployable in real services.
The University has participated in a number of EU funded research projects relating to telehealth, telecare and the application of technology to integrated care services. This includes clinical lead for the Heartcycle project, partners in the INDEPENDENT, Semantic Healthnet and Bravehealth FP7 projects, and partner in the current EIP-AHA funded Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment (ACT) program. An independent analysis identified the university as the 5th most connected organisation in Europe for research and activity relating to Personal Health Systems.
The University is also part of a consortium of Hull organisations delivering heart failure and COPD telehealth to over 400 patients as full clinical services.