Launch of European PALANTE project

Politique publique | 01 Oct 2012
The European Commission's Information Society office launched the PALANTE project in early February. This project is designed to improve information provided to patients on their health, and to measure the impact of this on the effectiveness of the healthcare system as a whole. Digital communications technologies are a core part of this process, and have been identified as the top priority in the project, in particular shared patient records.
On 1 February this year, the European PALANTE project (PAtients Leading and mANaging their healThcare through E-health) was officially launched. The project is promoted by the European Commission's Information Society office, and its aim (as the name suggests) is to give patients an increased role in the management of their own health, by making e-health services available.

Information and communications technologies can make healthcare systems more effective, by making it easier for professionals to co-ordinate the care they provide. What is new, though, is that these technologies also enable patients to access their healthcare data in real time. Shared health records are being developed all over Europe, following France's example.

Not all of these systems are patient-centred, but most do provide access to the data they contain, via a web portal. The digital health record (DMP) even has an interface that can be 100% controlled by the patient, and which enables the patient to interact with medical staff.

But what is the actual impact on health of giving patients this new right to consult and change their own information? One of the aims of the PALANTE project is to evaluate this, and the project will consist of two phases. The first part involves supporting the implementation and rollout of patient access in seven pilot regions and countries (Austria, Andalusia and the Basque Country, Lombardy, Norway, the Czech Republic, and Turkey) to enable patients to play an active role in their care, together with healthcare professionals, and to make informed choices. The second operational objective is to evaluate the use of patient access and thereby to understand its true impact on patient health in these regions and countries.

The PALANTE project will last three years, from February 2012 to the end of January 2015. It will bring together 21 partners from 10 different EU countries, and involves a population of nearly 70,000 users. A noteworthy fact is that two of the countries involved in this project, France and Denmark, have already implemented a shared health record with patient access. The evaluation will cover the existing system: in the case of France, patient web access to the DMP service. It is therefore only natural that ASIP Santé will represent France in this project.

The budget for the project (6.36 million euros) is 50% funded by the European Commission, as part of the information and communications technologies policy support programme which itself is part of the 2007-2013 CIP (competitiveness and innovation framework programme). The rest of the costs are to be shared between the partner countries.

The health and progress goundation (Fundación Progreso y Salud), one of the Spanish project partners, based in Seville in Andalusia, is co-ordinating the project.

Further information: project factsheet (PDF in English, available for download): Commission Européenne – Société de l’Information

The project is subsidized by the European Commission as part of the competitiveness and innovation framework programme – a scheme to support policy in IT and communications technologies.
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