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Project title PrimCareIT
Database Data manually inserted in the NDPHS Database
ID in the source database 1442
Thematic area
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Development of Health Systems and Social Services
  • Health Promotion, Education and Information
  • Health Services Research
  • Human resources development
  • Management of Cooperation Processes
  • Primary Health Care
  • Public Health Economics
  • Public Health Practice and Policy
Topic eHealth
Project geographical area
  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Sweden
Substate level / administrative units /regions no data
Lead partner (organisation) South Ostrobothnia Health Care District (SOHCD)
Lead partner (owner or/and project manager) no data
Partner organisations
Start date 2012-01-01
End date 2014-03-31
Duration (months) 27
Target audience Politicians (health ministries, regional and municipal authorities, NDPHS, eHealth for Regions Political Strategic Board), Health professionals and associations, Educational and research institutions
Summary The Baltic Sea Region is confronted with an ageing population, which leads to a rising demand for primary health care services. Moreover, an increasing lack of health workers and medical doctors challenges the maintenance of primary health care services within the region. Above all the brain drain of health professionals is affecting particularly remote areas in the whole BSR. There is evidence that professional isolation is a leading cause for this brain drain. A better deployment of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring has strong potential to reduce professional isolation and to provide opportunities for professional networking, continuing medical education and career development for younger and experienced doctors and health workers in remote areas. The project partners analyze existing barriers for large scale deployment of teleconsultation and tele-mentoring such as technology acceptance, work flows, daily routines or legal uncertainties. The elaborate on strategic opportunities for better use of such tele-health to overcome brain drain of health care professionals in remote primary care. They implement jointly developed tele-consultation and tele-mentoring solutions between health workers, general practitioners and medical specialists in pilot sites, preparing the large scale implementation. The partnership involves health workers, medical doctors associations, and hospitals, planning and financing authorities, regional development administrations, and eHealth research organisations. Thus, the consortium represents the relevant sectors in the implementing regions for successful goal achievement.
Background PrimCareIT is part of the flagship projects ImPrim and ICTforHealth.
Objectives The overall aim of PrimCareIT is to raise the attractiveness of remote primary health care for medical professionals by the means of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring. Thereby the project counteracts brain drain and professional isolation in sparsely populated areas for more equal access to primary health care. The objectives are: • to assess the regional needs and strategic opportunities of teleconsultation and telementoring to avoid professional isolation of health professional in remote primary care (WP3) • to assess current barriers for large scale deployment of teleconsultation and telementoring in the BSR such as technology acceptance, investment decisions, work flows, legal uncertainties (WP3) • to implement and validate transnationally developed teleconsultation in remote primary care in pilot sites (WP4) • to implement telementoring as innovative solution for career development of younger health professionals in remote primary area (WP5) • to prepare the durability and large scale implementation of piloted solutions in the partner regions (WP4,5) • to raise the political awareness via NDPHS, Political Board “eHealth for Regions” how to attract health professionals to remote primary care through joint political discussions with ImPrim (WP6)
Specific objectives/indicators no data
Results no data
Total foreseen budget EUR 2,580,000
Total implementation costs
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Financing agencies / organisations INETERREG IVB
Project's URL / project's website no data
Papers associated with this project no data
Further information Project partners: 1. South Ostrobothnia Health Care District (FI) 2. Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (FI) 3. Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (FI) 4. Kauhava Primary Health Care District (FI) 5. eHealth Institute, Linnaeus University (SE) 6. Blekinge Institute of Technology (SE) 7. County Council of Västerbotten (SE) 8. Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (DE) 9. The Estonian Society of Family Doctors (EE) 10. Institute of Clinical Medicine of the Technomedicum of the Tallin Technical University (EE) 11. Vilnius University Hospital Santariŝkių Klinikos (LH) 12. Kaunas University of Technology (LH) 13. State Educational Institution Belarusian Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education (BY) 14. Health Care Institution Ostrovec Central Regional Hospital (BY) 15. Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LH) 17. National Health Service (LT)
Last posted: on 2013-04-16 at 12:27:44

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