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CO-OPERATIVE HEALTH-INFORMATION-NETWORKS

Objective

CHIN establishes and promotes cooperation between regional information networks for comprehensive telematics-based health care services. The overall system will cover eight European regions, taking in both city and rural areas. It will be validated on the basis of feedback from users, including hospitals, clinics and doctors, as well as private individuals. Clients linked to CHIN will be able to call on technical facilities including desk-top video-conferencing and file transfer, and consider generic approaches suited to specific regions or services such as patient care management.

The main objective of CHIN is to establish a network of regional Co-operative Health Information Networks (CHINs) which support comprehensive and integrated sets of Health Care Telematic (HCT) services for a broad range of users. This will be implemented in eight representative European regions, both rural and metropolitan, and a realistic validation of their benefits will be performed by measuring acceptance and usage of HCT services by representative user groups. The networks are being considered as crystallisation points for further enhancements.

Technically a Network of Co-operative Health Information Networks within Europe will be set up. It consists of modular CHIN clients, linked to CHIN network servers, which are connected on a European level. The technical systems will integrate application and service components in a standard conforment, modular and scalable way. These services and applications are grouped into basic services - such as desk-top videoconferencing, file transfer, e-mail and application sharing, generic services such as security and generic solutions for region-specific services - and specific services - such as patient care management and healthcare education and online information services for patients and doctors. Specific services make use of basic and generic services. Key criteria for the CHIN components are a set of international standards to support interoperability and scalability. The approach as a whole is based on an in depths investigation of user needs and takes into account the expertise of previous phases of European research in HCT and several national research programmes.

The establishment of permanent, appropriate co-operative operational structures will be encouraged by the CHIN initiative which involves partners representing end-users, HC-administrations, IT-industries and Telecoms, assisted by applied research and standardisation bodies.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

DeTeBerkom GmbH
Address
Voltastraße 5
13355 Berlin
Germany

Participants (9)

CONSORCI HOSPITALARI DE CATALUNYA S.A.
Spain
Address
28/5,Passeig De Gracia
08007 Barcelona
COUNTY COUNCIL OF V-STERBOTTEN
Sweden
Address
10,Ridvegen
90189 Umea
HEWLETT-PACKARD GMBH
Germany
Address
110,Herrenbergerstrasse
71034 Boeblingen
Heriot-Watt University
United Kingdom
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
MEDASYS DIGITAL DESIGN SYSTEMS
France
Address
10,Avenue De Norvege
91953 Les Ulis Cedex
MEDISCHE INFORMATIE DIENST/SERVICE D'INFORMATION MEDICALE
Belgium
Address
4B12,rue Gabrielle Petit
1210 Bruxelles
NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS"
Greece
Address
Agia Paraskevi
15310 Athens
NORTH-KARELIAN HOSPITAL DISTRICT
Finland
Address
16,Tikkamdentie
80210 Joensuu
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM RUDOLF VIRCHOW
Germany
Address
1,Augustenburger Platz
13353 Berlin