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GUIDELINES IN HEALTHCARE

Objective

PRESTIGE is to introduce telematics applications for faster implementation of new standards of best practice in Europe. By these techniques it will assist in the generation, dissemination and routine application of guidelines and bridge the time lag between research and everyday clinical practice. The project will include heart and nervous diseases, diabetes and general practice, mobilising substantial user involvement through national and specialist user groups.

There is a wide consensus between healthcare professionals that unacceptable delays occur in the implementation of new standards for 'best practice'. This problem is common to the everyday practice of healthcare professionals throughout Europe and results in poor quality of care and wasted resources. PRESTIGE addresses this problem by the use of clinical guidelines and protocols which have been shown to be effective in improving the healthcare process in terms of quality, efficiency and outcome. The project will use healthcare telematics technology to assist in the generation, dissemination and routine application of guidelines, and thus will bridge the gap between medical research and everyday clinical practice. To support the use of clinical guidelines and protocols, PRESTIGE will verify and pilot a set of integrated technologies that build on experience and expertise gained during the 1991-1994 AIM programme together with other leading European professional, governmental, clinical, industrial and specialist participants.

PRESTIGE is structured into several actions addressing major healthcare specialties including cardiothoracic disease, neurological disease, diabetes and general practice. Substantial user involvement has been assured through national and specialist user groups and renowned healthcare centres. PRESTIGE will make available a common pool of interoperable technologies to these user groups and clinical sites in the following areas:

- architectures for multimedia patient records

- act management

- terminology and multilingual services

- generic models for representing guidelines and protocols.

The outcome of PRESTIGE will be an installed and sustainable healthcare telematics infrastructure that supports the dissemination and application of research-based and consensus-based guidelines defining best practice in clinical care.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CENTIS
Address
R. Dos Industriais 7-2°-Dt
1200-685 Lisboa
Portugal

Participants (9)

DANISH HOSPITAL INSTITUTE
Denmark
Address
10,Landemfrket
1119 Copenhagen K
DIABCARE OFFICE
Germany
Address
3,Kobellstrasse
80336 Munich
IIRIAM
France
Address
Technopole De Chateau Gombert Europarc Bat. C
13013 Marseille
Information Management Centre of the NHS
United Kingdom
Address
15 Frederick Road Edgbaston
B15 1JD Birmingham
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT NIJMEGEN
Netherlands
Address
Pob 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
LANDELIJKE HUISARTSEN VERENIGING
Netherlands
Address
103,Lomanlaan
3526 XD Utrecht
Royal Brompton Hospital NHS Trust
United Kingdom
Address
Sydney Street Chelsea
SW3 6NP London
Theta I.T. SpA
Italy
Address
Via Fra' Bevignate 1/A
06100 Perugia
University of Manchester
United Kingdom
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester