Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions in Northern European Countries

A new project will aim to implement transnational telemedicine solutions at scale, and in a sustainable manner, into everyday practice across several northern European countries, it was announced on 24 June 2011.

The ‘Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions’ (ITTS) project aims to continue the work carried out in the Competitive Health Services project in which existing best practices and innovations were piloted. Ten demonstrator projects on the themes of video consultation, mobile self-management and home-based health services will be implemented in clinical specialties. These specialties include speech therapy, renal services, psychiatry, emergency services, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rehabilitation and care of the elderly. The outputs will be quantified using common evaluation methods, including health economics.

The project is funded under the Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) for a total of €2.3 million and will last from September 2011 to December 2013. It will be led by the Centre for Rural Health in Inverness, Scotland, where three new posts will be created. It involves partners from five northern European countries: Finland, United Kingdom (Northern Ireland and Scotland), Norway, Ireland and Sweden.

David Heaney, the Project Lead and Associate Director at the Centre for Rural Health, said “The challenges of implementing solutions that are sustainable, transnational and at scale are considerable, but strategic investment at this time has the potential to transform health delivery in the northern periphery of Europe.”

Lee Dowie, the Project Manager, Centre for Rural Health, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to develop telemedicine services for patients living in the remote and rural northern periphery of Europe. We are looking forward to working with our partners across Europe, and learning from them.”

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