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Doro aims to create a ‘senior’ smartphone ecosystem

Mobile Business Briefing

“Specialised handset vendor Doro is attempting to prove that a successful business model can be achieved from offering smartphones and multimedia content to the senior market.
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7 June 2012 | No Comments »
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Stockholm uses city-wide mobile phone system to document elderly care

Armin Scheuer, Healthcare IT News

“For nearly 2,000 care workers in Stockholm, a smart phone has become the most important tool in their daily operations. The goal is to make life easier for care workers and care providers and to give relatives access to various eServices that are provided via the city’s website.
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25 May 2012 | No Comments »
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Sweden Health system review


“Life expectancy in Sweden is high and the country performs well in comparisons related to disease-oriented indicators of health service outcomes and quality of care. The Swedish health system is committed to ensuring the health of all citizens and abides by the principles of human dignity, need and solidarity, and cost–effectiveness. The state is responsible for overall health policy, while the funding and provision of services lies largely with the county councils and regions. The municipalities are responsible for the care of older and disabled people.
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8 May 2012 | No Comments »
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Overseas policies put communities first

Adam Turner, SMH

“Patients in remote parts of Sweden are seeing doctors more promptly, owing to the country’s nationwide broadband policy.
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23 April 2012 | No Comments »
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Electronic Health Records: An International Perspective on “Meaningful Use”

Gray BH et al, The Commonwealth Fund, Volume 28

Research has shown that the United States lags many other countries in the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). The U.S. has now embarked on a major effort to achieve “meaningful use” of health information technology by clinicians and hospitals. This issue brief describes the extent of meaningful use in three countries with very high levels of health information technology adoption—Denmark, New Zealand, and Sweden.
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24 November 2011 | No Comments »
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Implementation of electronic medical records in hospitals: two case studies

Øvretveit J et al, Health Policy, 84(2-3)

There is evidence that health information technology can improve quality, safety and reduce costs but that health care providers needed more information about how to implement these technologies to realise its potential. This paper summarises the research and proposes a theory of implementation based on the research evidence.
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30 September 2011 | No Comments »
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Internet use, needs, and expectations of web-based information and communication in childbearing women with type 1 diabetes

Sparud-Lundin C et al, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 11(1)

In the childbearing period women use the internet both to seek information and as an important source of communication. For women with type 1 diabetes, pregnancy and early motherhood constitute a more complex situation than for women in general. This implies need for support from various professionals and a way of bridging any discontinuity in care would be to develop a website providing complementary social support and information. The objective of this study was to explore internet use, needs, and expectations regarding web-based information and communication in childbearing women with type 1 diabetes.
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10 July 2011 | No Comments »
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Electronic patient records in action

Winman T, Rystedt H. Health Informatics Journal, 17(1)

The implementation of generic models for organizing information in complex institutions like those in healthcare creates a gap between standardization and the need for locally relevant knowledge. The present study addresses how this gap can be bridged by focusing on the practical work of healthcare staff in transforming information in EPRs into knowledge that is useful for everyday work. Video recording of shift handovers on a rehabilitation ward serves as the empirical case.
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10 April 2011 | No Comments »
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Views on health information and perceptions of standardized electronic records among staff in Child and School Health Services

Ståhl Y et al, Journal of Nursing Management, 19(2)

To investigate how nurses and physicians in the Child and School Health Services view the documentation and transfer of health information. Another aim concerns their perceptions of a nationally standardized electronic health record.

Problems of mental health among children and adolescents currently pose one of the greatest challenges facing all European countries. The continuity of health work demands that all health information follow the child’s development, disregarding the organizational arrangement.
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13 March 2011 | No Comments »
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The Swedish vs US approaches: health information, not just communication

Heather Leslie, Archetypical

“National approaches to eHealth program development have been varied, and unfortunately we can all probably identify more failed attempts than successes. Just recently we have seen a spectacular regrouping within the UK NHS in the face of cost blow-outs and underperformance – a stellar example of how a project commonly described as the biggest computing exercise in the world, outside the military, has hit the proverbial brick wall.
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1 December 2010 | No Comments »
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Blumenthal notes barriers to health IT in U.S.

Jessica Zigmond, ModernHealthcare

“HHS National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal said the U.S. has four problems it must overcome to be able to have a strong healthcare IT system.
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2 November 2010 | No Comments »
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Internet administered guided self-help versus individualized e-mail therapy: A randomized trial of two versions of CBT for major depression

Vernmark K et al, Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(5)

Internet-delivered psychological treatment of major depression has been investigated in several trials, but the role of personalized treatment is less investigated. Studies suggest that guidance is important and that automated computerized programmes without therapist support are less effective. Individualized e-mail therapy for depression has not been studied in a controlled trial. Eighty-eight individuals with major depression were randomized to two different forms of Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), or to a waiting-list control group. One form of Internet treatment consisted of guided self-help, with weekly modules and homework assignments.
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18 August 2010 | No Comments »
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Data extraction from a semi-structured electronic medical record system for outpatients: a model to facilitate the access and use of data for quality control and research

Kristianson KJ et al, Health Informatics Journal, 15(4)

The use of clinical data from electronic medical records (EMRs) for clinical research and for evaluation of quality of care requires an extraction process. Many efforts have failed because the extracted data seemed to be unstructured, incomplete and ridden by errors. We have developed and tested a concept of extracting semi-structured EMRs (Journal III, Profdoc) data from 776 diabetes patients in a general practice clinic over a 5 year period. We used standard database management techniques commonly applied in clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry to clean up the data and make the data available for statistical analysis.
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1 August 2010 | No Comments »
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Better health care with better IT, part 2: Implementation challenges

Ano Lobb, Justmeans

“The first posting in this series outlined how Kaiser Permanente has developed a registry of joint replacements as one approach to creating meaningful measures of health care outcomes.
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31 July 2010 | No Comments »
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Support in everyday activities with a home-based electronic memory aid for persons with memory impairments

Boman I et al, Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology, 5(5)

The purposes of this study was to examine the possibilities of a home-based electronic memory aid with sensors for persons with memory impairments, as support to carry out everyday activities in their own home environments.
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25 July 2010 | No Comments »
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eHealth for a Healthier Europe!


“The Ministry launched an initiative in 2008 to improve the understanding of how improvements in healthcare can be supported by technology and how these technologies are connected to political goals. This was accomplished by using a new benefit model in which benefits of continued implementation of technologies are calculated based on current medical and technology status.
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7 July 2010 | No Comments »
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An integrated health and social care organisation in Sweden: Creation and structure of a unique local public health and social care system

Øvretveit J et al, Health Policy, 2010

Research and citizens have noted failures in coordinating health and social services and professionals, and the need to address this issue to realize benefits from increasing specialisation. Different methods have been proposed and one has been structural integration of separate services within one organisation. This paper reports an empirical longitudinal study of the development of an integrated health and social care organisation in Sweden combining service provision, purchasing and political governance for a defined population.
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18 June 2010 | No Comments »
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Patient and Parent Views on a Web 2.0 Diabetes Portal—the Management Tool, the Generator, and the Gatekeeper: Qualitative Study

Nordfeldt S et al, J Med Internet Res, 12(2)

The Internet has undergone rapid development, with significant impact on social life and on modes of communication. Modern management of type 1 diabetes requires that patients have access to continuous support and learning opportunities. Although Web 2.0 resources can provide this support, few pediatric clinics offer it as part of routine diabetes care.
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30 May 2010 | No Comments »
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Ascom and GE partner on ‘one stop’ comms

Jon Hoeksma, e-Health Europe

“Swedish wireless technology provider, Ascom and GE Healthcare have partnered to launch a new wireless messaging system to improve communications between healthcare providers.
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7 May 2010 | No Comments »
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Measures of physical activity using cell phones: validation using criterion methods

Bexelius C et al, J Med Internet Res, 12(1)

Physical activity is associated with reduced risks of many chronic diseases. Data collected on physical activity in large epidemiological studies is often based on paper questionnaires. The validity of these questionnaires is debated, and more effective methods are needed.

This study evaluates repeated measures of physical activity level (PAL) and the feasibility of using a Java-based questionnaire downloaded onto cell phones for collection of such data. The data obtained were compared with reference estimates based on the doubly labeled water method and indirect calorimetry (PALref).
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29 April 2010 | No Comments »
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