3:30 - 3:35 pmSaturday, September 17
Upper Lobby
Implementation of eHealth and TeleHealth apps in CEE
Upper Lobby
Implementation of eHealth and TeleHealth apps in CEE
Czech National eHealth Center
The presentation summarizes our bottom-up approach and initiatives, which improved providing of health care in the Czech Republic. In the region of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Czech Republic... Read more

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The presentation summarizes our bottom-up approach and initiatives, which improved providing of health care in the Czech Republic. In the region of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Czech Republic is the only country that has not yet digitized health care. In 2016, only 80% of Czech general practitioners equipped with a computer connected to the Internet. The rest of the doctors write medical reports on a typewriter and physical copies of records are stored in metal cabinets. Doctors who have ICT equipment use many different kinds of software from various providers, both in primary care and secondary care as well as in public and private hospitals. Electronic transfer of patient data remains rare, and any Electronic Health Record simply does not exist.

We decided to be rebels and change the system from the bottom. Together with doctors, engineers and managers, we tried to change this by founding the Czech National eHealth Center in 2012. The goal was through a bottom-up approach gradually initiate changes at the national level. The main content of the contribution will be presenting the necessary steps and activities in the Czech Republic (CEE), which resulted in over 4 years to implement eHealth and TeleHealth applications to routine clinical practice. This included examples of good practice that were implemented into clinical practice. We also established procedures for including doctors who were open to ICT in health care and new organizational models of health care. We also worked to educate patients who are still not familiar with smartphones and tablets. In addition, we also introduced Telemedicine and eHealth at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of Palacky University Olomouc curricula. As the only site in the CEE region, we have been awarded as a reference site by the European Commission for our innovative activities on Active and Healthy Aging.

Gradually, we implementation of Telehealth and eHealth apps in the official nationwide guidelines for cardiac care. At the end of 2015, we also contributed to the creation of the National Strategy for eHealth of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic. Our presentation will describe all essential steps of implementation to change and re-design of health care education, delivery and practice in the Czech Republic.

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