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IREP: integrated rehabilitation programme

The main objective of IREP is the creation of a European information system to contribute to the modernisation and organisation of the rehabilitation field. The main outcomes of the project are:
information bases of available rehabilitation protocols and procedures to support the exchange of information and the harmonisation of practices throughout different European countries;
front ends to access pre-existing relevant services and data banks in this area;
a workstation environment for rehabilitation specialists and operators;
a workstation environment to support rehabilitation at home;
test beds experimenting the system.

IREP introduction in the rehabilitation field is expected to reinforce systematisation in the working habits of rehabilitation workers and medical operators in general. The system introduces a methodological approach in health services delivery as well in file management and progress reporting; related changes are expected to be seen in the behaviour of health professionals that use the system. For experts in the field of rehabilitation, the IREP data system rationalises their work. It is a tool for producing individual expert protocols and for combining the rehabilitation team's different protocols in a uniform protocol including the time-schedules. For the client the IREP software offers the advantage of receiving the printed plan of the rehabilitation process and its updated version easily at any time during the process. For administrative purposes it is possible to plan the resources needed (specialists and equipment) better than before. Also the possibility of receiving statistical data about the rehabilitation procedures can be useful for long-term planning for the employer and governmental authorities.

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