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COORDINATION AND CONTINUITY IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE: THE REGIONAL HEALTH CARE NETWORK

Objective

COCO will harness telematics to improved coordination and continuity in health and social services and boost the European telematics market in the process. Pilot healthcare networks will be validated in 11 regions to cover some 50 hospital centres and a dozen universities. All-round services to patients will benefit from multimedia technologies which increase the accuracy, speed and safety of daily communication between healthcare professionals. Regional identification with the system will be encouraged to ensure full participation of the healthcare sector and due regard for its real needs.

The aim of CoCo is

- to improve the coordination and continuity of health care and social services, and

- to stimulate the development of a European market for telematics

The CoCo project will establish pilots of Regional Health Care Networks. The objective is to improve the coordination and continuity in primary health care. Validation of these large scale pilots will take place in 10 regions in 8 European countries and in one Canadian region including more than 30 hospitals, 20 health care centres and 12 universities together with 7 national teleoperators and more than 50 national sw-suppliers. Project "ownership" by the users - the regions - is one key element in CoCo. This will ensure committed participation from the users and the continuos focus on real user needs.

Many professionals are involved in the treatment and care of patients: Hospital, GP's, Home Care, Laboratories, Pharmacies etc. As a result of this specialization and division of labour, there is extensive communication between - communication og everyday routine messagges such of prescriptions, referrals, discharge letters and lab results. And a strong need for more advanced multi-media information.

At the same time, the patient requires a coherent service and expects the persons involved to have access to all relevant information. The health care professionals want to deliver a satisfactory and cost-effective service. The authorities demand high quality and efficiency. Thsi cannot be achieved without up-to-date information and the relevant knowledge.

The correct, speedy and safe communication of these messagge has therefore become decisive tio the cost, quality and patient service of the entire health sector. CoCo establish regional health care networks to meet this needs.

The CoCo project also included multimedia messagges and addresses European requirements for security. Most of these messagges are based on the emerging European CEN standards.

Apart from stimulating the development of a European market of telematics, the CoCo project will enable better service for patient, higher professional standards and a more efficient health care sector.

Coordinator

MedCom
Address
Heden 18
5000 Odense C
Denmark

Participants (11)

Azienda Usl 12 Bergamo
Italy
Address
Via Gallicciolli 4
24121 Bergamo
CONSORCI HOSPITALARI DE CATALUNYA S.A.
Spain
Address
28/5,Passeig De Gracia
08007 Barcelona
ERASMUS UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
50,Dr. Nolewaterplein
3015 GE Rotterdam
FYNCOM, COUNTY OF FUNEN
Denmark
Address
18,Heden
5000 Odense C
HELLENIC COMMITTEE FOR HOPE PROGRAM
Greece
Address
15,Oceanidon
11745 Athens
Ipswich General Hospital NHS Trust
United Kingdom
Address
Heath Road
IP4 5PD Ipswich
NORTH WESTERN & EASTERN HEALTH BOARD
Ireland
Address

CO LEITRIM Manor Hamilton
NORWEGIAN CENTRE FOR MEDICAL INFORMATICS
Norway
Address
Medisinsk Teknisk Senter
7005 Trondheim
PEI HEALTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY CROWN CORPORATION
Canada
Address
4,Sydney Street
CIA 7N8 Charlottetown
Projects TDS Srl
Italy
Address
Strada 1 Palazzo Wtc
20090 Milanofiori Assago Milano
South and East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust
United Kingdom
Address
Knockbracken Healthcare Park Saintfield Road
BT8 8BH Belfast