The European Health Telematics Observatory (EHTO) has joined forces with Kensington Publications Ltd. and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) to publish a unique and authoritative 400 pages study on the various aspects of the European telematics scene with regard to qualitative health care delivery to isolated patients. Major aim of the initiative is to promote the development of telemedicine throughout Europe. The comprehensive reference book will also contribute to the European Commission (EC) plans for continuous support of the health care telematics projects. The targeted public for this publication consists of senior procurement executives and managers in hospitals, clinics and health care organizations.
In Europe, the health care industry covers over eight percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Reason enough for the European Commission to invest £105 million in health care telematics projects within the Fourth Research and Development Framework Programme. In 1996, the European Health Telematics Observatory was founded to collect, analyse and provide critical information with regard to the health telematics applications and standards. European Telemedicine 1998/99 will constitute a vital step for the further development of industrial initiatives in the field of telematics.
Professor Richard Wootton has been appointed as Consulting Editor of the reference study. As Director of the Institute of Telemedicine and Telecare, which recently has been established at Queen's University in Belfast, this leading expert has been estimated to be extremely well placed to write the foreword and to select a group of experienced professionals to contribute an article to the book. European Telemedicine 1998/99 will include various case studies, profound analyses which cover the theoretic issues, major practices, educational items, and a visionary outlook on the future of telemedicine with a vivid attention towards the latest applications in advanced technology.
From December 1998 on, the book will be distributed to 4.500 key decision makers, who are responsible for the delivery of telemedicine equipment and all of the related services. Principal readers of the publication primarily will consist of government representatives within the different European Health Ministries, representatives of regional health care organizations, hospital managers, heads of medical departments, physicians and other health care providers, Information Technology and network managers, academic staff, medical association representatives, European research project leaders, and consultants. In addition to the 15 European Union member states, the book will also find its way to the associated countries, such as Australia, Canada, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and the Eastern European countries.The European Commission and EHTO will distribute 500 supplementary copies at major conferences and seminars, as well as via direct mail sales. In this way, they hope to reach more than 20.000 readers. You can find extensive information about the content of European Telemedicine 1998/99 at the home page of the European Health Telematics Observatory.