The Development of eHealth in an Enlarged EU: Synthesis Report
- Authors: Eleni Christodoulou, Angela Dunbar, Pál Gáspár, Renata Jaksa and Katarina Krapez
- EUR Number: 23701 EN
- Publication date: 12/2008
In 2005, IPTS launched a project which aimed to assess the developments in eGovernment, eHealth and eLearning in the 10 New Member States at national, and cross-country level. At that time, the 10 New Member States were Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia. A report for each country was produced, describing its government and health systems and the role played by eGovernment and eHealth within these systems. Each report then analyzes, on the basis of desk research and expert interviews, the major achievements, shortcomings, drivers and barriers in the development of eGovernment and eHealth in one of the countries in question. This analysis provides the basis for the identification and discussion of national policy options to address the major challenges and to suggest R&D issues relevant to the needs of each country.
In addition to national monographs, the project has delivered three synthesis reports, which offers an integrated view of the developments of each application domain in the New Member States. This report gives a comparative assessment of eHealth policies and institutions, problems and achievements with eHealth in the EU10. It also shows the examples of best practices with in eHealth developments, analyses the possible policy options at local, regional, national and European levels and highlights the most important future technical and non-technical R&D challenges specific to eHealth.
Furthermore, a prospective report looking across and beyond the development of the eGovernment, eHealth and eLearning areas has been developed to summarize policy challenges and options for the development of eServices and the Information Society towards the goals of Lisbon and i2010.
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