PrimCare IT-health on distance

A number of research scientists, healthcare professionals and IT specialists gathered in Blekinge Institute of Technology today on the 24th of April for the 2nd common meeting of the EU funded project “PrimCareIT“.

“PrimCare IT – Counteracting brain drain and professional isolation of health professionals in remote primary health care through tele-consultation and tele-mentoring to strengthen social conditions in remote BSR“, is another Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 project developed within the initiative of the “eHealth for Regions” network. Being a part of the flagship projects “ImPrim“ and “ICT for Health“, this project is one of the promoters of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is confronted with an ageing population, which leads to a rising demand for primary health care (PHC) services. Moreover an increasing lack of healthcare professionals challenges the maintenance of PHC within the BSR. Above all remote areas of the region are those mostly affected by the brain drain of health professionals and the professional
isolation is the leading cause.

The overall aim of PrimCare IT is to raise the attractiveness of remote PHC for medical professionals by the means of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring. A better deployment of ICT solutions and social media has strong potential to reduce professional isolation and to provide opportunities for professional networking, continuing medical education and career development for younger and experienced doctors in the remote areas.

The partnership involves healthcare professionals associations, hospitals, regional development administrations, research and academic organisations. Thus, the consortium represents the relevant sectors for successful goal achievement.

During the project implementation phase project partners will analyse existing barriers for large scale deployment of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring such as technology acceptance, work flows, daily routines and legal uncertainties. Afterwards, a jointly developed tele-consultation and tele-mentoring solutions between general practitioners and medical specialists in pilot sites in Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Belarus will be implemented. Moreover, PrimCare IT will reuse the outputs from ICT for´Health project, i.e. education courses to raise the eHealth acceptance of health professionals and financial incentives for professional development, elaborated within ImPrim project.

The project is developed under the umbrella of the eHealth for Regions network, which is appointed by the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) as a coordinator of eHealth actions within the EUSBSR. The strong link to NDPHS and eHealth for Regions network allows the effective dissemination of the project results and political awareness building among other at NDPHS Partnership Annual Conference, the NDPHS Committee of Senior Representatives, the relevant NDPHS Expert Group and eHealth for Regions Political Strategic Board.

Read more about the project:
http://www.bth.se/ing/pi.nsf/pages/research-projects#primcare

For further information, contact:
Tobias C. Larsson, Professor
Research Director, Product Innovation Research Lab
Director, Center for Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation

Email:
tlr@bth.se
https://twitter.com/#!/tobiaslarsson)

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