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eHealth for Regions Network

Introduction

The eHealth for Regions Network is a regional network of partners from six countries in the Baltic Sea Region, namely, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden. It also includes an associated partner from Kaliningrad Oblast. The network is open for participants from other countries and regions.

The eHealth for Regions Network facilitates transnational cooperation on eHealth in the Baltic Sea Region. The Network offers its members and other interested stakeholders a forum for sharing good practice, experience and ideas. It brings together telemedicine experts from health and IT sectors, in order to establish new solutions in cross-border health care in the Baltic Sea Region.

The Network members cooperate transnationally through joint projects. They develop new ideas, search for partners outside and inside the network and apply for public funding. Several regional projects have been implemented thus far. The ICT for Health and the PrimCare IT, two flagship projects of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), are currently being implemented. New projects contributing to the implementation of the EUSBSR will be developed in the future.

Background

The eHealth for Regions Network has its origin in the transnational project named “eHealth for Regions.” The project ran from June 2004 until May 2007 and was partly financed by the European Union within the framework of the Baltic Sea Region Interreg III B programme. When the project came to an end, it was decided to continue the work based on the results of the project and the established network of persons and organisations.

Focus

The eHealth for Regions Network focuses its efforts on the following areas of action:

Network Structure

The eHealth for Regions Network operates at several levels, the most important being the Political Strategic Board, the Executive Steering Committee and the Management Secretariat.

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