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Electronic Health Records | Stethoscope


 “Why Data Science Holds Great Promise for Health Care?”

This is an interesting infographic that we found and wanted to share with you. Visualize it below.


Electronic Health Records

Datascience@berkeley created this infographic that only has U.S. data, but is fulfilled with important information regarding EHR’s – Electronic Health Records, a real time tool with patient centred records that is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart.

According with the information in the infographic, the electronic health record is a decision making tool “that ‘learns’ from patient histories to identify health status and probable outcomes.” Ilias Tagkopoulos, UC Davis.

Take a look, and tell us your thoughts in the comments about the infographic or Electronic Health Records in general.

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BioSpain - uEDC - Electronic Data Capture



Between the 24th and 26th, we will be at BIOSPAIN 2014, held in Santiago de Compostela – Spain, one of the largest biotech events in Europe and in the world.


Promoting uEDC – Electronic Data Capture

During the event, iUZ is going to promote our electronic data capture solution, by showing our new uEDC Demonstrator. With the Demo, users at the event will be able to understand and test our solution, through a Clinical Study example.


P-BIO and Biocant

iUZ teamed up with P-BIO Portugal – Discovery is in our DNA in this event. P-BIO Portugal is a group of companies organised between P-BIO – Portugal’s Biotechnology Industry Organisation, representing a vast majority of companies in this field, and, Biocant Park, the first Portuguese venue dedicated to biotechnology.

Through P-BIO Portugal, iUZ will join a group of other Portuguese companies in the field, and together they will be able to promote each business and give higher commercial visibility.


What do you think about this type of events? Have you heard about our electronic data capture solution?

Tell us what you think, bellow in the comments.

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Interoperability - Joining IHE International


Interoperability in Healthcare.  Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE International)

epSOS European Patient – Smart Open Services project was a massive and a key interoperability project for iUZ, as we explained in our business case study. Through this project and some others, we’ve achieved knowledge and experience in the IHE Profiles field.

As we referred, through the epSOS we’ve started to use some IHE Profiles, and we’ve already been to three IHE Connectathons in Europe (Bern – 2012, Istanbul – 2013 and Vienna – 2014), as we explained in this post.

This type of actions gave us the needed experience and background in IHE profiles field, and for that we consider that was time to become an institutional member of IHE International.


We’ve been accepted as a IHE Member Organisation, in the middle of August

But, for those who do not know, what is IHE International?

IHE International – Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise is a U.S. organisation that intends to promote the Health Industry connected to interoperability. IHE aims to improve sharing communication between information systems linked through the creation and development of interoperability standards.

Our membership allows us to contribute in a pro-bono basis, with more than 200 organisations in IHE International. We have associated to the IT Infrastructure Domain, regarding the Technical Committee, where Ivo Pinheiro and Marcelo Fonseca are representing iUZ.
According with IHE, IT Infrastructure (ITI) Domain:

“… addresses the implementation of standards-based interoperability solutions to improve information sharing, workflow and patient care.

This domain, begun in 2003, was originally launched by sponsor Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In 2008, GIP-DMP (Groupement d’Intérêt Public pour le Dossier Médical Personnel) joined HIMSS to help sponsor this domain adding additional user representation in Europe.

Together they are responsible for development and publication of the IHE IT Infrastructure Technical Framework.“ (Source: IHE – ITI Domain)

Throughout the ITI Committee association, selected by us among a range of 22 other committees, we can have a voice participating in meetings regarding the creation and revise of IHE profiles concerning the domain.


epSOS and OpenNCP- Open National Contact Point using IHE Profiles

Our work in Interoperability in Healthcare and in IHE Profiles was mainly during epSOS implementation, and subsequently OpenNCP. We have applied the usage of the following profiles:

  • XCPD (Cross-Community Patient Discovery): The Cross-Community Patient Discovery (XCPD) profile supports the means to locate communities which hold Patient relevant health data and the translation of Patient identifiers across communities holding the same Patient’s data. A community can contain EHRs, PHRs and other systems. More info at: http://bit.ly/IHE-XCPD
  • XCA (Cross-Community Access): The Cross-Community Access profile supports the means to query and retrieve Patient relevant medical data held by other communities. A community can contain EHRs, PHRs and other systems and healthcare applications. More info at: http://bit.ly/IHE-XCA
  • XDR (Cross-Enterprise Document Reliable Interchange): Cross-Enterprise Document Reliable Interchange (XDR) provides document interchange using a reliable messaging system. This permits direct document interchange between EHRs, PHRs, and other healthcare IT systems. More info at: http://bit.ly/IHE-XDR
  • XUA (Cross-Enterprise User Assertion): The Cross-Enterprise User Assertion Profile (XUA) provides a means to communicate claims about the identity of an authenticated principal (user, application, system, etc) in transactions that cross enterprise boundaries. The XUA Profile supports enterprises with different authentication mechanisms. More info at: http://bit.ly/IHE-XUA
  • BPPC (Basic Patient Privacy Consents): This profile provides a mechanism to record the Patient privacy consent(s) and a method for Content Consumers to use to enforce the privacy consent appropriate to the use. More info at: http://bit.ly/IHEBPPC

Tell us your thoughts, below in the comments.

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Healthcare Digital Marketing | Stethoscope by Kokopinto


Digital Marketing for Doctors

Are you a digital doctor or work in the field? If so, do you have a Digital Marketing Strategy? Because, every day medicine is becoming more and more digital and social.


Did you know that, according with the next infographic, 41% patients said, “social media would affect their choice of a specific doctor, hospital, or medical facility”?

Patients, through the Internet and social media, are becoming more aware, when picking a new doctor.
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Digital Marketing for Doctors | Infographic

These are U.S. data, but do you think in Europe is different? Do you have a Healthcare Digital Marketing Strategy?
Share your thoughts with us, below in the comments.
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Health in Public Administration | Society


Do you know the APDSI  association?

APDSI is an Portuguese Association for the Information Society Promotion and Development, created in 2001.

Main objective?
To contribute for Portugal growth and to conduct a top of the line country regarding worldwide development of the Information and Knowledge Society, facilitating citizens opportunities to benefit from the information society.


iUZ  –  an institutional Member

In February, iUZ decided to be an institutional member of APDSI, believing that we can also can help the Portuguese society with our expertise and human capital.

APDSI performs some activities, such as conferences or workshops, regarding Health, Education, Security, Justice, Electronic Businesses, Geographic Information, Society and Public Administration fields.


“Electronic Public Administration – What needs to be done?”

Last June 4th took place in Lisbon the “Electronic Public Administration – What needs to be done?” conference, where Professor Henrique Martins, CEO of SPMS – Portuguese Ministry of Health, Shared Services talked about Health in Public Administration and how Health in Portugal is fitting in these context.

During Henrique Martins speech, he mentioned epSOS and PNPSO-SISO, two projects where iUZ was involved as SPMS technical partner, regarding the Health in Public Administration issues, as well as:

  • Time consumption and several challenges that usually occur in an eHealth Information System
  • Difficulties during the creation of any IS with the Portuguese Data Protection Authority
  • Evolution process
  • eHealth Information Systems at an European level (e.g. epSOS)

You can watch Henrique Martins talk and visualize his presentation document (in Portuguese) about his point of view about the Health in Public Administration.

Have something to add? Share it in the comments.

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Placing the patient at the centre of care of healthcare.

Is this a trendy topic?

Yes, but it’s becoming a reality. Day by day, is given special attention to this subject that is driving new models of care.

Everybody knows that health information and technology walk hand in hand. The next infographic shows exactly that. T-Systems created the infographic “Better health through better technology”, where we can see the potential that technology can give to the patient, promoting and empowering his quality of life.

The patient, a person that needs medical treatment or someone seeking to improve his quality of life, is at the centre but he always will need other intervenients, such as family, friends, coaches, doctors, healthcare providers, health insurances or hospitals.

According with Mayme Marshall: “The primary goal of medicine should not merely be to improve disease and death rates; the medical community should also be interested in the subjective patient wellbeing and quality of life”. Technology is helping in that field and in this infographic it’s given a few applications.

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Better Health Through better technology - Health Infographic


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Bridge - Expand-Project


Have you heard about Expand Project?

If not, the Expand Project - Expanding Health Data Interoperability Services is being funded by the European Commission Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) within the ICT Policy Support Programme, and is being led by the Portuguese Health Ministry, Shared Services – SPMS.

In a few words, Expand is bridging a selected number of eHealth Projects, like epSOS – Smart Open Services for European Patients to CEF – Connecting Europe Facility (anchored to the Europe 2020 Strategy), in order to deploy large-scale cross-border projects.

The main purpose of the Expand Project intends to support and promote EU Member States in “delivering their local eHealth plans and improving cross-border care” (Source: Expand Project).

As well as epSOS, SemantinHealthNet (SHN), CALLIOPE, eHR4CR, PARENT, e-SENS, and other projects, are being guided by the decisions taken in the eHealth Network (eHN), not forgetting, the Trillium Bridge project and the eHealth Governance Initiative (eHGI).

If you want to know more about Expand Project go to: expandproject.eu

Expand Project

Have you heard about this initiative?
Share your thoughts with us, below in the comments.


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Healthcare IT


“50,000 healthcare informatics workers will be needed in the next 5-7 years”


“The Intersection of Healthcare & IT” is an infographic created by the University of Illinois at Chicago and establishes:

  • The importance of the health informatics
  • What health informatics professionals do
  • What are the benefits of health informatics

Healthcare informatics is a skill that makes medical discoveries more effective and efficient that relates IT, healthcare and suitable business practices.

Take a look at the infographic and tell us what you think, below in the comments.


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Intersection of Healthcare and IT [Infographic]


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iUZ Technologies - bridge

As well as the European ACE programme that we posted about it here, iUZ has also been selected to RYME project.

RYME (Reativação das PME: Inovação e internacional) is a Portuguese programme led by IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes, that has partnership with other two Business Innovation Centres (BIC), such as:

In addition, they have five other associated partners:


This programme is co-financed by INTERREG IVB and intends to support the competitiveness of the SUDOE (European South-west) territory, through innovative international networks and technology-based companies that are developing their activities in ICT, Biotech and Greentecha sectors.

Each BIC as selected 100 companies and RYME has been providing advanced support and trying to enhance the international development of this young innovative companies, 50 from SUDOE and the other 50 foreign companies:

  • 20 French
  • 20 Spanish
  • 10 Portuguese
  • 25 North American
  • 25 Brazilian

In Portugal, IPN has held training workshops and coaching about internationalisation during the first quarter of 2014.


Next stage
For the next step, was created a web platform to support enterprises in a matching process, where the 100 companies can gather, thus encouraging collaboration and synergies, tutored and boosted by CEEIM.


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IHE-Europe Interoperability

Last Friday, 11th July our CEO Isabel Cruz and Ivo Pinheiro were at the First Meeting in Portugal for “Technical Interoperability in Information Systems for Health”, associated with the IHE-Europe. The event was organised by SPMS and took place in Faculdade de Engenharia do Porto.

During the event was referred the IHE role and several national framework case studies. IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) through their specifications connects clinical institutions, IT industries and users in order to raise healthcare interoperability, among organizations.

Interoperability Director at IHE-Europe, Karima Bourquard spooked about IHE-Europe, such as, IHE Profiles; Case Studies; How to create an IHE National Chapter and the Connectathon events as we’ve write to you in this post.

Have you been to this event?

By the way, check this video to know a bit further about IHE-Europe:

Please, share your thoughts, below in the comments.


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