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For better care: Israel bets on big data

As part of our #SmartHealthSystems study our look at Israel shows how a small nation has focused on big data in the healthcare sector for the last two decades – and with a giant database of patient information, also wants to become a paradise for international research. So is Israel developing the world’s most comprehensive collection of medical data? And to what extent applies “Real People. Real Data. Real Change”?!

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“Digitization is not a fairy that can grant wishes” – a Skype-Interview with Yvonne Gilli on the Swiss Electronic Dossier

#SmartHealthSystems: Switzerland is on its way to implement the Electronic Dossier (EPD) for the hospital sector. For patients and doctors the use of the EPD is voluntary. Dr. med. Yvonne Gilli, head of the digitization and E-Health Department at the Swiss Medical Association FMH (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum), tells us in a Skype-interview what the EPD can offer for patients and doctors. She emphasizes that digitization is a timely means, but not necessarily “a fairy that can grant wishes”. Interoperability, structured information and a new culture of communication are necessary to make the EPD more than just “a difficult-to-use library”.

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Patients as partners – a Skype-Interview with Lies van Gennip on digital health in the Netherlands

As part of our study #SmartHealthSystems which examines the digital transformation of healthcare systems in 17 countries, we have visited five of these countries to take a closer look at what they have achieved. In each country, we have inquired about the political, cultural, technological and economic factors driving success as well the obstacles to a successful digitization strategy in healthcare. We will publish the findings of our cross-national study in full in November 2018. Until then, we will be highlighting thought-provoking insights and best practices from other countries here in our blog. In the Netherlands, patients can opt-in to a system of electronic data exchange in the healthcare system – and hence profit from an e-health infrastructure that is considerably well developed. Dr. Lies van Gennip, Director of NICTIZ, tells us in a Skype-interview how the Dutch system is designed and what experiences the country has made so far. She emphasizes the importance of placing the patient at the centre of the system and predicts a change in the reality of care towards more online contact and the home as the hub of health care.

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E-Health in the Netherlands: Lessons learned

As part of our #SmartHealthSystems study which examines the digital transformation of healthcare systems in 17 countries, we’ve visited five of these countries to take a closer look at what they’ve achieved. In each country, we’ve explored the political, cultural, technological and economic factors driving success as well the obstacles to advancing digitization strategies in healthcare. The findings of our cross-national study will be published in November 2018. Until then, we’ll be highlighting thought-provoking insights and best practices from other countries here in our blog. Our third contribution from the Netherlands shows what consequences misjudging the situation can have and the disadvantages of purely technology-driven advances – and why Germany still has much to learn from its neighbor to the West when it comes to e-health.

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The reasons behind sundhed.dk’s success – a Skype-Interview with Jakob Uffelmann

As part of our study #SmartHealthSystems which examines the digital transformation of healthcare systems in 17 countries, we have visited five of these countries to take a closer look at what they have achieved. In each country, we have inquired about the political, cultural, technological and economic factors driving success as well the obstacles to a successful digitization strategy in healthcare. We will publish the findings of our cross-national study in full in November 2018. Until then, we will be highlighting thought-provoking insights and best practices from other countries here in our blog. Jakob Uffelmann, Director of Innovation at sundhed.dk, tells us how the Danish portal became a success story, how data protection is guaranteed, and what future services for citizens and patients are being developed.

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Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen mit Tablet. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen. Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen hoch. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen.

Less is more: Denmark focuses on superclinics

As part of our study #SmartHealthSystems which examines the digital transformation of healthcare systems in 17 countries, we have visited five of these countries to take a closer look at what they have achieved. In each country, we have inquired about the political, cultural, technological and economic factors driving success as well the obstacles to a successful digitization strategy in healthcare. We will publish the findings of our cross-national study in full in November 2018. Until then, we will be highlighting thought-provoking insights and best practices from other countries here in our blog. Our second blog contribution featuring Denmark explores how telemedicine was conceptually integrated into the inpatient care sector.

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Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen mit Tablet. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen. Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen hoch. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen.

Learning from the Danish example: Trustworthiness, standards and a national health portal strategy

As part of our #SmartHealthSystems study which examines the digital transformation of health care systems in 17 countries, we have visited five of these countries to take a closer look at what they’ve achieved. In each country, we have inquired about the political, cultural, technological and economic factors driving success as well the obstacles to a successful digitization strategy in healthcare. We will publish the findings of our cross-national study in full in November 2018. Until then, we will periodically publish key findings and best practices from other countries here in our blog. Denmark and its national health portal sundhed.dk is the first country to be featured in our series.

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Learning from other countries: How is digitization in healthcare progressing across the globe? – Comparative international study launched

A frequently heard assessment of Germany’s healthcare system is that it continues to lag notably behind other countries in terms of digitization. But in which areas, exactly, does it lag behind the most? What strategies are other countries pursuing? What can we learn from the experiences of those countries? In the coming months, our goal is to undertake a comparative international study that provides insights into exactly what characterizes a successful national digitization strategy. We are therefore targeting an analysis of the framework conditions, major advancements and success factors in 17 different healthcare systems. Our basic thesis going in to this analysis is that fully leveraging digitization’s potential in the realm of healthcare involves developing a tenable national strategy with long-term objectives that features a clear vision and is advocated by political leadership – regardless of a country’s size or political system.

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From Parkinson’s disease therapy to stroke treatment – telemedicine’s long journey to acceptance in standard health care

The German Telemedicine Portal lists a total of 169 telemedicine projects in the country. The range of items covered point to the areas where telemedicine is helping improve health care delivery and close gaps in the healthcare sector. However, many projects fail to develop beyond the pilot phase to become part of standard care. Indeed, Germany currently features a patchwork quilt of telemedicine. Last year, we took a closer look at four pioneering projects, examining the key factors driving their success. In the coming weeks, individual representatives of these pioneering projects will be invited to offer their thoughts here in this blog.