We have brought together this article series to contribute real-world examples of how healthcare outcomes can be improved and sustainability challenges tackled through digital technologies that empower and engage patients, carers and clinicians.
Examples have been selected from a number of European countries that are considered to be at the forefront of efforts to transform the way in which care is delivered using digital technologies. Unique insights into such programmes have been gathered from leading European patient organisations and think tanks, as well as from decision-makers and healthcare professionals in the UK, Sweden, Spain and Finland.
- eHealth and Patient Empowerment
By Marco Greco, European Patients’ Forum President
- NHS Test Bed Programme: Creating the Perfect Patient Pathway with the Sheffield City region Test Bed, UK
By Liz Howarth, Programme Director for the Perfect Patient Pathway Test Bed, Sheffield
- Implementing Innovative Digital Healthcare Solutions in Stockholm, Sweden
By Daniel Forslund, Commissioner for Innovation and eHealth, Stockholm, Sweden
- Joining up information technology and service processes for quality integrated care in Europe: The SmartCare project –Aragon pilot site, Spain
By Juan I. Coll Clavero, Innovation and New Technologies Director, Servicio Aragonés de Salud (SALUD), Sector Sanitario Barbastro, Hospital de Barbastro, Spain; Rosana Barbastro Angles, SmartCare Project Manager, Servicio Aragonés de Salud- Sector Sanitario Barbastro, Hospital de Barbastro, Barbastro, Spain; Modesto Sierra Callau, SmartCare team, Servicio Aragones de Salud- Sector Sanitario Barbastro, Hospital de Barbastro, Barbastro, Spain.
- Social and healthcare reform in Finland: Placing patients at the centre through new cooperation and digital innovations
By Maritta Korhonen, Head of Development at Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
- Can a game save your life? Changing behaviours and improving health outcomes through game-based digital apps
By Tamsin Rose, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe