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1 OPEN DAYS 2008 Session: eHealth: From early promise to sustainability Introduction: eHealth – overambitious dreams or reality? Gérard Comyn Acting Director ICT for societal challenges Head of Unit ICT for health DG Information Society & Media European Commission

2 OPEN DAYS 2008 Challenges for European Health Systems Pressure on healthcare systems Demographic changes are common to EU and Asia more people will require prolonged care Increased prevalence of chronic diseases substantial part of the overall healthcare costs Citizens expectations and demands for high-quality care Inadequate safety standards and quality control Medical accidents Inefficiencies and staff shortages Reactive model of healthcare delivery treatment after appearance of symptoms Rising healthcare costs faster than the economic growth itself How to offer high-quality & affordable care?

3 OPEN DAYS 2008 Require changes in the way: Healthcare is delivered Medical knowledge is managed & transferred in clinical practice Emphasis on: Improved illness prevention/prediction and safety of care Individual citizen with stronger role in healthcare process Remote monitoring and care continuity of care - health services outside hospitals Efficient, personalised disease management and care Needs and Trends

4 OPEN DAYS 2008 For improvement of quality of care - Saving lives –ICT infrastructure for Continuity of care, Personalisation, prevention and improved patient safety For increase of productivity - Saving Money –Cost benefits possible when eHealth combined with appropriate organization and skills For economic development - eHealth Market –To facilitate sustainable growth of transparent and innovation friendly eHealth market. Current market size estimated at 20 Billion Our WIN³ approach for eHealth

5 OPEN DAYS 2008 EU GPs using a computer during consultation, in % (EC Study 2007) Source: empirica: ICT and eHealth use among GPs in Europe 2007, Bonn April % 66% 3% Random samples of 6,789 GPs in 29 countries

6 OPEN DAYS 2008 Dream vs. Reality # MS Source: empirica: ICT and eHealth use among GPs in Europe 2007, Bonn April 2008

7 OPEN DAYS 2008 Source: empirica: ICT and eHealth use among GPs in Europe 2007, Bonn April 2008 Networking: e-Prescribing

8 OPEN DAYS % 80% 66.1% 69% 62.5% 62.3% 55.2% 44.4% 13.9% 15.1% 2.7% 0.9% EU World Leader in deployment in primary care (EC Study 2007) These are averages! They can hide big MS differencies, ex. 3 rd column (66%)

9 OPEN DAYS 2008 Boario telecardiology: 35-47% reduction in hospital admissions (in various studies) 12% reduction in outpatient visits UK studies: Wireless Healthcare (2004): Early discharge from hospitals -> up to 85% reduction in weekly care costs Cost of telecare at home with 24 hours response = 1/3 of the cost of a nursing home place Potential of Mobile Monitoring in Germany Up to 1.5 billion/year savings through early patient discharge (Assuming 3 days less hospital stay for 20% of patients) Telemedicine Benefits

10 OPEN DAYS 2008 Telemedicine growth estimation The global market for telemedicine is estimated to be worth 4.7 billion in 2008, increasing to over 11.2 billion by 2012, an average annual growth rate of 19%. Telemedicine market billion Telemedicine market billion Est. annual Growth Rate 19% Source: Telemedicine; Opportunities For Medical and Electronic Providers. BCC Research, 2007

11 OPEN DAYS 2008 Source: empirica: ICT and eHealth use among GPs in Europe 2007, Bonn April 2008 Networking: telemonitoring

12 OPEN DAYS 2008 Thank you and enjoy the workshop!

13 OPEN DAYS 2008 For further information DG ENTR LMI microsite: eHealth Task Force report: 2007dec.pdf INFSO H1 Policy site: e-Newsletter: htm Research site: Interactive Portal:


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