Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Antilope gives guidance to further eHealth interoperability in Europe - Guidance documents now available

ANTILOPE drives eHealth interoperability in Europe and beyond. Between 2013 and 2015 key national and international organisations will work together to select and define eHealth standards and specifications. They will create, validate and disseminate a common approach for testing and certification of eHealth solutions and services in Europe.  Read more

Today the EU-funded Antilope project released guidance documents and educational material to further eHealth interoperability in Europe. The documents build on the European Commission’seHealth Interoperability Framework Study released in July 2013, and are intended for national, regional or project based deployments. They offer guidance and definitions including 

(1) a set of clinical use cases, 
(2) a quality management approach for eHealth solutions, 
(3) an overview of available testing tools, and 
(4) a suggested approach to quality-label or to certify eHealth solutions. The documents are available for download at www.antilope-project.eu.

Our project and our documents offer a roadmap towards European eHealth interoperability, while respecting where we are today, where international standards and profiles exist alongside national realities and legacies,” says Ib Johansen from Medcom, coordinator of the Antilope project. “We will now take these documents to the European regions and Member States for discussion and feedback.”

The Antilope project is about the need for an interoperability framework in which national, regional and local deployments converge as much as possible, while taking into account local, regional and national specificities,” says Benoît Abeloos, Project Officer at the European Commission’s DG Connect. “We wish the project good success, and call on national and international stakeholders to become engaged.”

Over the next twelve months the Antilope project will organise at least ten regional workshops all over Europe. During these workshops the guidance documents will be shared and discussed with local and regional stakeholders and national and international experts. The workshops will serve to improve awareness and possible adoption, while the discussions will feed back into the final guidance documents to be released in December 2014.

The first regional workshop will take place on 21 January 2014 in Odense, Denmark, primarily for Nordic and Baltic countries.  The second workshop will be held 20 February 2014 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.  Although all events will be by invitation only, the project calls on all interested parties to register their interest on the project website www.antilope-project.eu.