HIMSS Europe

Three EU hospitals scoop EPR awards

Given that European countries have very diverse healthcare systems with special types of hospitals and even special information systems, comparison of healthcare systems and hospital performances is difficult. Thus, the first HIMSS Europe Leadership IT Summit, which took place in Rome, has provided a platform from which to discuss quality patient care based on IT and particularly the implementation of the Electronic Patient’s Record (EPR).

Based on the recently launched European EMR Adoption Model, HIMSS Analytics Europe has evaluated the progress and impact of IT implementation and utilisation in European hospitals based on eight stages (0 to 7).

At the Rome event, best practice hospitals were recognised for the first time with stage 6 awards. They were: Odense University Hospital (DK), ISMETT Hospital (I) and Geneva University Hospital (CH), which have established paperless EPR environments. ‘With this award,’ explained Uwe Buddrus Managing Director of HIMSS Analytics Europe, ‘we are encouraging hospitals to frequently assess their IT solutions so that they can provide better quality and safety for their patients. We look forward to helping hospitals across Europe achieve Stage 6 & 7 EMRAM levels.’

Arve Solumsmo of St. Olavs Hospital in Norway spoke on the implementation of mobile technologies, pointing out that new technologies were always expensive.

Jean-Jacques Romatet, General Director of Toulouse University Hospital, presented patient oriented eHealth methods and tools. Dr Michael Bainbridge, Adjunct Professor Medical Informatics from the University of Victoria BC and Jari Renko, director of information systems at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa in Finland, spoke on patient and data security in communication exchange with external stakeholders. Tommaso Piazza of ISMETT Hospital presented an Italian perspective of the processes of communicating IT projects internally.

A Danish delegation illustrated their country’s healthcare IT management strategy. Three Norwegian CIOs made a joint presentation with Nuance, detailing their regional speech recognition projects. Another focus group focusing on Cloud Computing was organized by Intel.

The inaugural HIMSS Europe Health IT Leadership Summit establishes a forum for healthcare IT executives. Around 100 participants came to Rome to share their experiences and discuss trends in healthcare IT.


HIMSS Europe 2011: Budapest. 10-13 May, 2011. The event will combine the ministerial eHealth conference of the European Commission and the World of Health IT exhibition and conference.

Source: HealthTechWire


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