Top 20 eHealth News Articles - Look Back at 2015

eHealthNews.eu invites its readers to look back at the top 20 eHealth news articles that are worth revisiting. Look back at the most prominent moments from the past year. According to the collected web statistics the most commonly viewed news, the Top 20 news articles of the Year 2015 are:

1. Horizon 2020 Calls for eHealth Projects: H2020-PHC-2015-Single-Stage and H2020-PHC-2015-Two-Stage
The European Commission is calling for new eHealth projects. They are to be funded under the H2020-PHC-2015-single-stage and H2020-PHC-2015-two-stage sub calls of H2020-PHC-2014-2015. Researchers and innovators in Health IT are requested to apply before 21 April 2015.
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2. Evidence of the Effects of Healthcare IT on Healthcare Outcomes (Publication)
A study by the analytics division of HIMSS UK has, for the first time, highlighted a correlation between the maturity of IT within NHS hospitals and improvements to patient outcomes. The research, which combines data from 91 NHS hospitals in England together with HIMSS Europe's proprietary EMRAM capability data (Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model) demonstrates that those hospitals that have a score of EMRAM Stage 4 and above, have a lower Summary Hospital-Level Mortality Indicator (SHMI).
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3. Tech Tour Announces the Top 20 Digital Health Companies and the Top 20 Medtech Companies in Europe
The Tech Tour today announced the top 20 Digital Health companies and the top 20 Medtech companies in Europe. The 40 companies have been selected by two Selection Committees made up of Investors as well as representatives from Life Science companies. The selected companies will be presenting at the Healthtech Summit in Lausanne to an audience of over 200 people, including Venture and Private Equity investors collectively representing $40Bn in invested assets, Business Angels and Life Sciences companies, among whom the No 1 Pharma company, the No 1 food company and No 1 Med Tech company.
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4. eHealth Week 2015 is Coming to Riga
Taking place during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, eHealth Week 2015 comprises of two main events: the High level eHealth conference organised by the Latvian Ministry of Health and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and WoHIT (World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition) organised by HIMSS.
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5. Horizon 2020 ICT for Health Open Calls
A series of calls in Horizon 2020 under Societal Challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing" with relevance to ICT for Health (eHealth) are now open: PHC-21-2015, PHC-25-2015, PHC-27-2015, PHC-28-2015, PHC-29-2015, PHC-30-2015.
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6. Radboud University Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in the Netherlands to Win HIMSS Stage 7 Award
HIMSS Analytics Europe, subsidiary of HIMSS Europe, has awarded Radboud university medical center with the Stage 7 Award, making it the first HIMSS Stage 7 hospital in the Netherlands and the third in Europe.
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7. 12 Items for a Successful Healthcare App Brief (Publication)
Digital Healthcare Agency, Integrated Change, has launched a free 12 step guide to writing a mobile app brief for the healthcare industry. The 21 page document is intended to guide healthcare organisations considering developing a mobile application through the often under-valued step of writing the initial brief.
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8. Largest Global Study on mHealth Released
The mHealth App Developer Economics 2015, which has been conducted for the fifth time this year is the largest global study on mHealth app publishing. It focuses on the current status of the mHealth app market and provides an outlook of market trends over the next five years.
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9. Horizon 2020, Work Programme 2014-2015: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing (Publication)
The Horizon 2020 societal challenge of 'health, demographic change and wellbeing' (SC1) for the years 2014 and 2015 includes 34 topics in the 'personalising health and care' focus area call (15 in 2014 only, 17 in 2015 only and 2 which are open in both years) and 16 topics in the 'co-ordination activities' call (11 in 2014 and 5 in 2015). 8 other actions designed to support the implementation of the challenge are also included and are not subject to competitive calls for proposals.
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10. NHS SBS's Healthcare Clinical Information Systems Framework Goes Live
A healthcare clinical information systems framework has gone live that will enable NHS providers to save time and money during the procurement process while still enabling them to localise their system requirements. In total, 26 suppliers have been awarded places on the framework that has been developed by leading business support specialist NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) in close collaboration with Trusts and specialist bodies across the UK.
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11. mHealth in Europe: Published Consultation Results
Privacy and security, patient safety, a clear legal framework and better evidence on cost-effectiveness are all required to help mHealth flourish in Europe, according to the responses to a European Commission public consultation. 211 separate responses from public authorities, healthcare providers, patients' organisations and web entrepreneurs, inside and outside the EU, gave feedback on eleven issues related to the uptake of mHealth in the EU.
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12. Opinion Article: Could the NHS be the Most Powerful IT Customer in the World?
By Jane Rendall, UK Managing Director at Sectra.
When I started my career as a radiographer some 20 years ago, I was in awe of the NHS. Its brand and its sheer size was and still is like no other organisation anywhere in the world. But it did not take long to learn that this national institution does not fully harness its potential reach, power and influence as a provider or as a customer.
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13. Call for Papers: Digital Health and Care Congress 2015
2014's Digital Health and Care Congress was a huge success. Attracting more than 500 delegates from across the world, the congress explored the latest approaches, technologies and research emerging from the world of digital health.
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14. Ten Technologies which Could Change our Lives: Potential Impacts and Policy Implications (Publication)
This report acts as a 'taster' for those interested in understanding more about how today's emerging technology trends could impact upon society in ways yet to be fully considered by policy-makers and the public. Europe in the 21st Century is a 'technological society'. Its citizens have seen rapid technological progress occur over a matter of decades; progress which has taken place at virtually every level of society and throughout the economy.
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15. UK e-Health Week 2015
A world-class learning and networking opportunity will come to London's Olympia this March bringing together the latest e-Health innovations with those who commission, implement and use them on the frontline.
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16. Philips Announces Vision 2015 Strategic Plan
Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) outlined its strategic 'Vision 2015' plan to further strengthen Philips' leadership in the domain of health and well-being. The company will detail its key priorities, market opportunities and investment focus areas for the coming years.
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17. Opinion Article: Is the NHS Failing to Leverage Transformation from Technology?
By Dr. Adam Hill, Chief Medical Officer at Sectra.
The NHS spends significant sums on its valuable IT infrastructure. But despite this investment, our health service often fails to embrace the service redesign opportunities this technology presents, with major deployments still often layered onto existing services.
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18. What Do Patients and Carers Need in Health Apps - but Are Not Getting? (Publication)
Despite the huge and obvious potential of health apps to support patient self-care and reduce the drain on healthcare systems - their use has yet to move into mainstream medicine and public health programmes aimed at disease prevention. The lack of user involvement is one of the major reasons why health apps have failed to deliver thus far: what do patients and carers need in health apps - but are not getting?
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19. Open Call PHC-30-2015 Digital Representation of Health Data to Improve Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
Digital personalised models, tools and standards with application for some specific clinical targets are currently available. There is however a need for greater integration of patient information, for example of multi-scale and multi-level physiological models with current and historical patient specific data and population specific data, to generate new clinical information for patient management.
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20. Industry Overview: The Medical Technology Industry in Germany (Publication)
Global demand for innovative medical technology solutions continues to grow as we live longer, healthier lives. "Medical devices made in Germany" make a significant contribution to enhancing patient health care and quality of life around the world. Medical technologies developed in Germany benefit from a world-class research and business environment, with the sector's predominantly small and medium-sized companies enjoying an international reputation as innovators and market leaders.
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PS: We wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!

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