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EU eHealth in focus


In Europe, the eHealth Network established under article 14 of the cross-border directive endorsed in November 2013, the guideline for a minimum health data set to be used in emergency or unplanned care cross-border situations.

During a live demonstration in Boston (US), experts from the Trillium Bridge project proved that it is technically feasible to exchange Electronic Health Record (EHR) data between the European Union and the United States. This means that in theory it is possible for a local treating physician, provided the patient has given his or her consent, to request and access an EHR patient summary from the patient’s provider across the Atlantic. 

Following the success of this demonstration, the EC published an official post where the event is pointed out as an important step towards Digital Agenda for Europe.

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Ana Castilho

iUZ Blog | EDC


Wondering what EDC means?

And Clinical Studies?

Here at iUZ we’ve been working with our uEDC solution that focuses on Clinical and Observational Studies.


Electronic Data Capture

EDC, the acronym for Electronic Data Capture, is an electronic medical record system specialised in clinical research, with the main objective to collect clinical data in an electronic data.

With the increase of Information Technology (IT) in healthcare, is not new that there is a trend and a need to a simpler, effective and highly specialised electronic data capture systems that can be easily implemented and customisable, always thinking in the end-user.

EDC systems are web-based software platforms that are created to collect and store clinical data through electronic forms, and usually the user only needs a web browser.

Typically, electronic source data is used for health clinical investigations, where sponsors and CROs (Clinical Research Organisation) use this type of systems.


We tend to sort out these 3 EDC system types:

  • Clinical trials: Applied during the phase of a medicine with pre-market entry, with an advanced certification demanding;
  • Clinical studies: Applied during the entry phase of a medicine on the market;
  • Observational study: A non-interventional study, mostly applied during a medical treatment.

Usually EDC systems are designed to demonstrate the efficacy and/or safety of medical treatments or medicines.


Main features

At iUZ we’ve been upgrading our uEDC solution.

A platform targeted for clinical and observational studies offering advanced features, with an easy customised setup to specific study requirements. For activating a new Clinical Study it is required a CRF (Case Report Form) and a DVP (Data Validation Plan) along with the platform setup. The CRF is a paper or electronic questionnaire used in clinical research, which the study promotor develops containing all the questions that the study will have.

In this competitive healthcare market there are several Electronic Data Capture solutions, but obviously not all of them have the same features.

iUZ uEDC solution has the following main features (view also our Standard Feature List flyer):

  • Clinical Study Setup
  • Profile and user management
  • Data entry
  • Data validation
  • Data management
  • Calibration
  • Data export
  • Notifications
  • Audit Trail


The main benefits of Electronic Data Capture systems are:

  • Higher security
  • Faster and efficient, compared with paper-based systems
  • Reduces data entry errors, which are also detected earlier than with paper-based systems
  • Accelerates the clinical data management process
  • Decreases clinical development costs
  • Higher time-savings
  • Major tendency to the fulfilment with regulatory requirements
  • Data is centralised in a specific electronic database
  • Real-time view of the data collected



Want to see our solution? Ask us for a uEDC live demonstration. In the meantime, view our uEDC video.


Did we forget about some important aspect? Have some doubts? Please, let us know in the comments.

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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

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eHealth Forum 2014

eHealth Forum week
was between 12 and 14 May and our iUZers Isabel Cruz and Marcelo Fonseca, had the opportunity to participate at the event, that took place at Megaron Mousikis, in Athens – Greece.

The event consisted in three intensive days of talks, networking and a busy agenda, where the hot topics were innovation partnerships, “wearable tech” applications, and ePrescriptions, among others.

During the different conference talks the European Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda, said that to be able to promote innovation in Europe, companies need “a shift in mind-set. Having new tools, devices and apps is one thing. Integrating them across the health system, large-scale, is another. It takes effort and dedication – and the will to change” (Source: eHealth Forum newsletter).

In the last day of the event, Yannis Rizopoulos from Tech Talks Central interviewed our CEO Isabel Cruz. Tech Talks Central is a web radio specialised in covering all the hot topics and trends in the technological field that has collaborated with eHealth Forum organisation to broadcast during the event.

In her interview, Isabel talked about iUZ participation in:

  • epSOS project, such as, the Industry Team, OpenNCP, what it takes to be part of an interoperability project, as well as, what is the hard part in participating in a large-scale project
  • PNPSO  (Portuguese National Program for Promotion of Oral Healthcare) – such as, dental-vouchers, relevant numbers, among other things
  • uEDC (Electronic Data Capture) – explaining that this solution supports clinical research and works directly with CRO – Clinical Research Organisations
  • In the end, Yannis Rizopoulos asked Isabel her opinion about what should be Europe’s vision for eHealth in 10 to 20 years from now.

Listen to her responses through the podcast shared by Tech Talks Central.

In addition, also in the last day of the event, Marcelo Fonseca participated in the Industry Team and Open Source Community Workshop chaired by Juergen Wehnert, Gematik mbH (Germany) and Dr. Alexander Berler, Industry Team Steering Committee (Greece). Marcelo and Konstantin Hyppönen (also from the OpenNCP Community) talked about OpenNCP technical architecture and use in a real pilot environment. Both covered questions about:

  • Technical design of epSOS services
  • Use and implementation of IHE profiles
  • Semantic components
  • Security Services
  • Development tools used
  • Integration and testing strategies
  • Their experiences of using and developing OpenNCP


Tell us your thoughts about this type of events or Isabel and Marcelo participation, in the comments.

(Image: eHealth Forum 2014 press releases; Podcast: Tech Talk Central)


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