Integrated Information Systems For Smarter Health And Social Care Proposed By Social ScientistsMain Category: Primary Care / General Practice
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Article Date: 08 Feb 2013
A new ESF position paper calls for increasing use of ICT to deliver health and social care services.
A new position paper, Developing a New Understanding of Enabling Health and Wellbeing in Europe, published by the European Science Foundation, highlights the need for change in health and social care across Europe.
As social care and informal care are essential to improving health and preventing health problems, especially in an ageing population, there are still large gaps of knowledge in how best to organise this, and how best to combine it with health care. The position paper sees Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which are increasingly deployed in service sectors to enable consumer customisation and better resource management, as the way forward for improved healthcare.
The publication presents a vision for a new model of integrated care support for citizens' health through linked social and health care. It exposes current developments and challenges concerning demographic changes, ageing and established a concrete research agenda for ICT application focussing for instance on the relationship between patients and carers, the acceptability of ICT, the role of data, the organisation and legal aspects or the financing challenge.
Developing a New Understanding of Enabling Health and Wellbeing in Europe underlines that "Research programmes need developing at national and European level to stimulate a comprehensive and cohesive pattern of social science research into the means of achieving optimal ICT support as the enabler for a new integrated and partnership paradigm of health-related care".
It highlights a number of priorities for important advances to be made toward the harmonisation of healthcare delivery and informatics support:
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