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Digital innovation: trying to do things in a new way with the use of technology

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One of the speakers at the Cardiff seminar, ‘Digital Mental Health: Increasing access and equity’, was Helen Northmore. Helen is Programme Manager, Digital Health Ecosystem Wales and her task is building a network that improves developing digital healthcare. Main goal is to bring all the parties that are involved together: industry, social care, experienced users, IT-people. Marleen Swenne wanted to interview her about the theme of the seminar and also because she thought she knew a lot about the e-mental health users’ perspective, but that was not quite correct… Read More

The German health care system is moving towards digitalisation (1)

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In Mid-May 2019 the German Federal Health Minister presented a draft law for the “Digital Health Care Act (Digitale Versorgung-Gesetz – DVG)”. By German standards, it contains almost spectacular new regulations, as it provides, among other things, for insured persons to be entitled to digital health applications (“diGA”). Digital health applications might soon be prescribed by doctors and might gain access to the primary healthcare market. Read More

Promoting safer (mental) health information exchange in the Netherlands

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In the Netherlands different types of healthcare service providers use different information standards and digital systems (sometime even within their own organisation). This makes the exchange of medical data and prevention of mistakes very complex. Healthcare is increasingly occurring in networks. These are networks between patients, care providers, colleagues and organisations conducting research and contributing to the improvement of quality. Also, there is a need for patients to access and retrieve their medical data and participate in their own treatment. Read More

Acceptance and benefits of internet-based interventions in inpatient settings – experiences of the German Moodbuster roadshow (1)

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The interest in e-mental health is increasing, not least because of projects such as eMEN. With increased interest comes the possibility to explore new and previously neglected areas for application. Though internet-based interventions have acquired a solid evidence base in a variety of settings, especially when provided with some form of human support, little is known about their application in inpatient contexts. That is why researchers from the eMEN project have conducted a workshop on the acceptance and benefits of internet-based interventions in 10 mental health institutions all across Germany: Schleswig-Holstein, Berlin, Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria. Read More

eMEN project selected as RegioStars finalist 2019!

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On July 9th the eMEN project was selected as one of the finalists for the RegioStars Awards, during an official ceremony at the headquarters (Berlaymont Building) of the European Commission. The award was handed over by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, to the project lead partner Arq Foundation and the Interreg NWE program. Arq Foundation was represented by Oyono Vlijter (project lead) and Interreg NWE was presented by the program director, Ruut Louwers. Finalists are selected if their project has a high level of excellence, innovation and transferable solutions. The eMEN project consortium is very proud of this achievement and congratulates all other stakeholders that have supported this project. Read More