Successful workshop on eHealth Benchmarking in Prague

18 February 2009. How widely spread is eHealth monitoring and benchmarking in the EU, Canada and the US? What activities, applications and health actors are covered by current monitoring activities? What needs to be done to come to a comprehensive, EU-wide eHealth benchmarking? These and other questions were discussed at a workshop on eHealth benchmarking held by empirica in Prague prior to the EU eHealth conference. The workshop was part of the eHealth Benchmarking study and attracted more than 40 experts from all over Europe. During the workshop, the key outcomes of the one-year research conducted by the study were presented by empirica research consultant Ingo Meyer and received with great interest. Representatives from a number of eHealth Benchmarking good practice cases presented their approaches to monitoring eHealth and spoke about lessons learned. In a final discussion, chaired by empirica director Werner B. Korte, a number of stakeholders from various areas including policy ma...

"ICT and eHealth use among General Practitioners in Europe" as a key note speech at the ePractice Mid-Term workshop

On May 19, 2008, one year after its launch, the portal celebrated a Mid-Term workshop. Werner B. Korte, empirica gave the key note speech on eHealth by way of presenting results of the study "ICT and eHealth use among General Practitioners in Europe" carried out for the European Commission DG INFSO and Media. The study included a survey of almost 7,000 primary care physicians on their use of ICT and internet for communication with patients and between primary and secondary care and other health agencies was carried out in 2007 in all 27 Member States of the European Union and in Norway and Iceland. The one-day event was held in Brussels, in the European Commission’s premises, with the presence of high-level officials responsible of the eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth European policies and relevant experts from the private and public sectors.

eHealth use among primary care physicians in Europe of great international interest - presentation at a conference in Victoria, Canada

21 February 2009. empirica research consultant Ingo Meyer presented the outcomes of the eHealth Indicators survey on ICT use among European General Practitioners and of the eHealth Benchmarking study at the ITCH 2009 in Victoria, Canada. An audience of international researchers and practictioners in the field of eHealth and telemedicine showed a great interest in the data gathered by means of an EU-wide survey in 2007 (to learn more about this survey, please visit An overview of the key outcomes of empirica's eHealth Benchmarking study was met with similar interest. The questions and answers and the discussion following the presentation clearly showed that eHealth is an issue that is of top concern not only to Europeans, but to many other countries as well.

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