Hospitals in the EU account for nearly half of its total health budget, so they have to combine improved quality assurance with increasingly transparent cost-effective services. SAMMIE will bring this objective closer via a multi-functional telematics system for better patient data management, more effective overall coordination of health care within and outside hospitals and the inter-departmental sharing of costly medical equipment. This flexible validated infrastructure is expected to point to a huge international market for countless similar systems.
Hospitals consume nearly half of the total budget in health care and must in creasingly justify and make transparent what services they deliver to which patients, at which price and for what reason. New health care laws in European countries ask for (i) data and cost transparency at hospital and department level, (ii) cost reduction e.g. by sharing resources between health care professionals and (iii) improved quality assurance of medical services. Approximately 2000 medium to large hospitals in europe (5-10 departments each) need suitable telematics-systems in clinical departments to measure up with these requirements. However, this cannot be achieved with today's telematics infrastructure in most of the medical departments. They urgently need (i) information management of patient data for medical reporting and administrative statistics, (ii) access to other health care providers within and outside the hospital and (iii) applications to exploit and share the costly medical devices, e.g. for advanced imaging.
SAMMIE is geared for improving the telematics infrastructure in hospital departments. The objective of the SAMMIE project is to provide and test CLINWORKS, a multifunctional departmental system consisting of three main modules: (i) InfoWorks, the departmental patient folder for versatile management and documentation of patient data (ii) TeleWorks, a platform for teleconsultation and sharing of advanced diagnostic applications and (iii) BrainWorks, a diagnostic tool for the physician treating brain diseases. Currently, the focus is on diseases of the brain (up to 20% of all non surgically treated diseases). However, tools for other organs can be added easily. Validation is performed at a number of representative clinical sites to cover different requirements. The result of the project is a validated, modular, interoperable telematics-platform used by doctors, nurses and administrators. CLINWORKS builds upon modules of previous EU-projects (i.p. SAMMIE in the 3rd FP) with the involvement of major European IT-industry. A European and eventual world-market of several thousand systems is expected. CLINWORKS is commercialized by SAMMIE partners.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
B15 2TT Birmingham