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Health is an important priority for Europeans. We expect to be protected against illness and disease. We want to bring up our children in a healthy environment, and demand that our workplace is safe and hygienic. When travelling within the European Union we need access to reliable and high-quality health advice and assistance.
Healthcare is facing huge challenges. New drugs and advances in medical technologies are opening the way to more effective treatments, while the unravelling of the human genome is leading to totally new treatment regimes. Clinical practices are changing, too, requiring health practitioners to collaborate across disciplines and organisational boundaries. The whole philosophy of healthcare is shifting, towards placing a greater emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention, treating patients at the point of care, and moving towards more proactive self-care. All this is set against an important backdrop of an ageing European population and ever-increasing societal expectations of health.
Patients are coming to expect a single point of entry to healthcare services that cuts across organisational boundaries and health services. Healthcare organisations are embracing the opportunities presented by the e-revolution. Providers are looking for ways to deliver health services to the patient as promptly and as locally as possible, while supporting contact and collaboration between healthcare professionals and patients throughout the care episode. Standardised patient medical records already assist the exchange of information between specialist hospital departments. Frequently hospitals have to work with other health agencies and providers as well. Clinical information is shared between different organisations and specialties, such as pharmacies, and social and care services. Increasingly, this need extends beyond traditional care environments into the home itself.

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Authors: No Author started, European Commission, Directorate-General for the Information Society and Media
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 15 pp. free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KK-76-06-220-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-02630-5
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