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Health and Social Sectors with an “e”

A study of the Nordic countries

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The Nordic countries have reached a stage where the national level of development in the use of IT applications has extended to a Nordic level. This is partly a result of the Collaborative Net-work of Nordic eHealth Competence Centres, a voluntary group for experience exchange and common activities regarding ICT in healthcare. However, this Nordic co-operation needs to be strengthened and more structured, with the appropriate re-sources, legal foundation, skills and capacity, to further develop and exploit common solutions. This report is the result of a study carried out on request of the Nordic Council of Ministers, by Ministers for Social Affairs and Health. It has been carried out by the partners of the Collabora-tive Network of Nordic eHealth Competence Centres (Med-Com/Denmark, KITH/Norway, STAKES/Finland, Ministry of Health/Iceland, and Carelink/Sweden). The report describes the use of IT in health care and social services in the Nordic coun-tries. The purpose of the study is to enhance the opportunity for the Nordic countries to learn from each other and to co-operate in a larger extent.

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Concluding Remarks and Recommendations

The topics studied in this report represent areas of high activity and political interest. A strong political will has contributed to the Nordic countries being at the forefront in international terms. However, the Nordic countries also share common challenges. An enormous effort is required before the technology can communicate fully, the laws and regulations are established, and perhaps most important, the actors in the health sector and between the sectors involved are collaborating to the extent needed to fully realise the benefits of IT.

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