Pan-European health network planned

Smart Open Services (SOS) is a pan-European ehealth project facilitating cross-border healthcare. The project aims to develop services providing patients travelling across Europe with access to high-quality care.

The project involves 12 member states: Sweden, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Slovakia. It is supported by the European Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

There are two services that will be developed in a first step: a patient summary, which contains basic medical information such as diagnoses or laboratory results, and an electronic prescription service with an electronic medication list. These will get basic, but important patient data to foreign doctors urgently when needed, and enable patients travelling in another country of the EU to use a local pharmacy to obtain their prescription medicines via eprescription.

The European Commission announced at the eHealth conference in Portoroz, Slovenia last week that the contract for the SOS project will be signed before the summer break. The project is headed by Sweden and will be run by a management board which consists of members of the ministries of health of the contributing EU Member States. Industry is represented by an industry consortium of 31 companies that will be responsible for the technical side of the project.

Swedish Secretary of State Karen Johannson said, “What we are particularly proud of is that the standard organisation IHE will join the team for developing the new ehealth services. All in all, this is certainly the largest and most ambitious EU project in the healthcare domain we have ever seen.”



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