July 8, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
The European Commission last week issued a staff working paper on telemedicine, titled: Telemedicine for the Benefit of Patients, Healthcare Systems and Society. This new document expands on last year's Communication on Telemedicine for the Benefit of Patients, Healthcare Systems and Society, and includes examples of telemedicine deployment and its effects on patients and society.
Among examples of cost savings and other health benefits and efficiencies obtained through telemedicine were the following:
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.