eHealth network promotes IT in Europe

Telemonitoring and e-prescribing will be the focus of a new eHealth network being pushed by the European Commission, according to a post on the Digital Intelligence Blog. National authorities, including the Department of Health and the The National Health Service will work with social care and professional organizations to "promote the wider use of healthcare practices supported by electronic processes and information communication technologies," the post reads. The network was set up under the Cross-border Healthcare Directive of March 2011, which was adopted late last month. A recent U.K.-based remote patient monitoring/telehealth study--the Whole System Demonstrator program--determined that remote monitoring reduced mortality rates by 45 percent. Blog post