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Brussels, 22 May 2003

Winners of first-ever eEurope awards for eHealth announced in presence of 33 ministers

The 4 Prize winners for the eEurope awards for eHealth and have been announced at a formal ceremony held in the presence of 33 Ministers and European Commissioners Erkki Liikanen and David Byrne, during the eHealth Conference in Brussels.

Winners of eHealth Awards

Title

DescriptionOrganisation & PlaceCountry
EVISANDVirtual environment for healthcareConsejeria de Salud, Junta de Andalucia, SevilleSpain
SJUNETNational IT infrastructure for healthcare in SwedenCarelink, StockholmSweden
COHERENCEInformation system for successful hospital restructuringGeorges Pompidou European Hospital (HEGP), ParisFrance
NHS DirectNHS direct on-line websiteNational Health Service, SouthamptonUK

Honorable Mention given to:

Title

DescriptionOrganisation & PlaceCountry
MEDCOMThe Danish healthcare networkDanish Centre for Health Telematics, OdenseDenmark
HYGEIANETRegional health information network of CreteVenizeleion Regional Hospital, CreteGreece
SURGETICAComputer assisted medical interventions & surgeticsTIMC-IMAG (CNRS & UJF), CHU, GrenobleFrance
BHC ProjectBoario Home Care ProjectSalvatore Maugeri Foundation, PaviaItaly

The awards were announced by Gerard Druesne, European Institute of Public Administration - chairman of Awards Committee, and presented to the winners by Commissioners Erkki Liikanen and David Byrne, Costas Stefanis, Greek Minister for Health, and Manolis Stratakis, Greek Deputy Transport and Communications Minister.

In closing the ceremony Commissioner Liikanen said: "I congratulate the winners and the runners-up for their excellent applications. They all have great potential in meeting the win-win formula of eHealth: A more productive and efficient health service and better service to patients throughout Europe."

The prize winners and runners-up were chosen by an independent jury, assessing the 42 best practices that had already been selected to exhibit at the conference, by an independent panel of experts.

Background information:

The eEurope Awards

The eEurope 2005 Action Plan identifies a number of key target areas in which services, applications and content should be stimulated. The provision of modern online public services in areas such as eHealth, eGovernment, and eLearning is a key element in this strategy. eEurope aims to build upon existing experiences by identifying and exploiting good practices, and promoting them as showcases.

The Commission foresees a total of four eEurope Awards competitions in 2003-2005, two in eHealth and two in eGovernment, organised with the support of the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht (NL).

The present competition for the «eEurope Awards in eHealth» was launched though a public Call to identify current best practices in the field. This led to 42 exhibits being selected from 180 applications received.

Further information on the eEurope Awards may be found at:

http://www.e-europeawards.org/

The eHealth conference website with full details of the event:

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/eeurope/ehealth/conference/2003/index_en.htm


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