2 June 2011

Learning about eHealth with virtual learning methods

Sami Perälä held the first virtual eHealth learning course. On May 22 Sami Perälä held the first virtual eHealth learning course at the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. This course contributed to the projects aim to increase the use of eHealth technologies by health care professionals and citizens with chronic diseases.

This pilot eHealth course is based on multidimensional virtual learning methods, and combines traditional contact teaching with ICT-mediated methods, for example online lectures and virtual learning environments (e.g. Moodle). The purpose of the course is to give the students basic knowledge about eHealth policies in their own country as well as in other Baltic Sea Region countries. The main result expected for this study module is that students understanding and accepting eHealth as part of their professional competence.

As part of the course, there were lectures held in May at the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. The lecturers included Sami Perälä, EPTEK (South Ostrobothnia Health Technological Development Centre) and Alfonsas Vainoras, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. They lectured on the different applications of eHealth, i.e. assistive technologies to support living at home for the elderly, new types of action models such as safe net model as well as home care support groups. Afterwards participants described their impressions. “I do not have yet enough knowledge on how technology can help in my future work”, said Mari Perälä, a three year student. Annika Koski added that “We are soon graduating and eager to learn how we actually can integrate technology assisted methods and models in our everyday work.” The study module was very well welcomed by the students in order to reduce reservations: Johanna Mäkelä pointed out that “I am a bit concerned about that ICT will replace human contact, which is crucial for ageing people’s wellbeing as well”. They all should have a clear and strong message: ICT can actually facilitate and increase social contacts and reduce loneliness among ageing people. After all, eHealth aims at promoting active ageing and quality of life for the elderly.

The course will continue until autumn with self-learning on the lectures held in May as well as on the given material. During the summer period, the students have to work on an assignment and the course will end in a Final Virtual Seminar in September 2011.

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21 May 2011

ICT presentation at STC 2011 

The “Special Topic Conference 2011” on “eHealth Across Borders Without Boundaries” in Lasko, Slovenia, was an ideal occasion at which to present the ICT for Health project. Domantas Stundys, work package coordinator, gave a presentation about the project’s objectives and current status which attracted a number of interested individuals and offered a good basis for further discussions between those who are promoting similar ideas.

The international conference on 14 and 15 April 2011, organised by the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI), focused on needs, opportunities and obstacles in the health information system, medical informatics, and eHealth issues across borders.

Click here for the presentation “Strengthening Social Capacities for the Utilisation of eHealth Technologies in the Framework of Ageing Population”.

Click here for the conference program.

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14 April 2011

Baltic Heart Study

Giedrius Vanagas, ICT for Health project member from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas, presented the “Baltic Heart Study”, a new activity within the framework of ICT for Health, at the Med-e-Tel 2011 conference in Luxembourg.

Objectives of the study are to evaluate the feasibility of telemedicine and distance learning applications for chronicle heart failure patients after hospital discharge, as well as the evaluation of the efficacy of telemedicine and distance learning applications on mortality, morbidity, symptoms and quality of life compared with standard care. Furthermore, the study will evaluate safety and patient satisfaction on selected telemedicine and distance learning applications used for the patient home care model.

The final data evaluation will take place in the autumn of 2012.

Recently, the Lithuanian expert also published the results of a survey entitled “Willingness to use eHealth services in Lithuanian healthcare institutions”, available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21453130.

 

15 March 2011

Strengthening eHealth acceptance

PSC Meeting in VilniusOn 7 and 8 March 2011, the ICT for Health project members met in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The Project Steering Committee meeting was held on the first day. Issues such as the newly published Online Debate and its importance for fostering the acceptance of eHealth in the Baltic Sea Region were discussed. Discussion then moved on to the appointment of ICT for Health as a flagship project of the Baltic Sea Strategy and as an opportunity to put eHealth acceptance on the political agenda in Europe

The second day was dedicated to work package meetings. All teams were asked to carry out a work package self-assessment in order to evaluate coordination and teamwork within each package. The current status of tasks in each work package was subsequently discussed, with views expressed on how best to proceed.

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