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PRESTIGE: clinical guidelines in healthcare

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 has addressed 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 used healthcare telematics technology to assist in the generation, dissemination and routine application of guidelines, and thus bridge the gap between medical research and everyday clinical practice. To support the use of clinical guidelines and protocols, PRESTIGE has verified and piloted 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. The outcome of PRESTIGE is an installed and sustainable healthcare telematics infra-structure that supports the dissemination and application of research based and consensus based guidelines that in turn support best practice standards for routine clinical care.

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