Communications solutions provider BT has successfully completed the first phase of a pilot project to improve the exchange of information between hospitals, outpatient clinics and general practitioners in the three least developed regions of Hungary. The project will bring direct benefits to 15,000 medical practitioners and more than 1.5 million people they serve. The inter-institutional electronic exchange system (IKIR), based on Hungarian healthcare standards, and a key component of the “IT Development in Healthcare in the Disadvantaged Regions” project of HEFOP 4.4.1 initiative, connects 38 healthcare institutions and participating GPs. The project is aiming to increase overall patient satisfaction and implement networked information technology solutions to the healthcare sector in Hungary. One of the key benefits for patients is easy access to personal records at the point of care and no need for manual transfers of patient data, such as test results and X-ray images, between different health care providers in the regions of Southern Transdanubia, Northern Hungary and Northern Plain. Services, such as appointment bookings, are now offered through IKIR, saving patients and doctors time and multiple phone calls. “Clearly this project represents a milestone for doctors and patients by bringing clear benefits in saving time and money. It also establishes BT as a leading supplier of networked IT solutions to the health industry internationally. We look forward to entering the next phase and indeed a nationwide rollout of this initiative,” said Olivier Campenon, BT President, E*MEA. Prof Dr Mikl

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