Transatlantic Observatory for Meeting Global Health Policy Challenges through ICT-Enabled Solutions

Project SI2.548981
Budget line: No RELEX/C1/2009/PP
Budget: €605.198 - Funded: €500.000
Duration: 01.01.2010 - 30.06.2011
Keywords: Interoperability , Certification , Indicators , benefits, Virtual Physiological Human (VPH)

The overall goal of the ARGOS eHealth Pilot Project was to contribute to establishing a “Transatlantic Observatory for Meeting Global Health Policy Challenges through ICT-Enabled Solutions” in order to develop and promote “Common Methods for Responding to Global eHealth Challenges in the EU and the US”. EU and US care about the global challenges because

  1. citizens travel and migrate globally and there is a wish to foster good healthcare everywhere;
  2. the EU and US wish to refine their products to better penetrate global markets;
  3. experiences and lessons learned globally are useful in Europe and the US.

The Observatory will promote mutual understanding and learning among EU and US policy researchers and policy makers on the following general challenges with global dimension:

  1. Improving health and well-being of citizens through accelerating eHealth strategy development and through supporting large scale eHealth infrastructure implementations;
  2. Supporting R&D in eHealth to promote the benefits from the pursuit of consistent strategies.

In the ARGOS eHealth project, the following specific target areas have been addressed:

  • Interoperability in eHealth and certification of Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs);
  • Definition of a common, consistent approach and identification of indicators and tools for measuring the adoption, usage and benefits of eHealth;
  • Modelling and simulation of human physiology and diseases with a focus on the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) and the use of such solutions to support the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases.

During the project an additional target area has been introduced: Strategies for the development of a skilled health IT workforce. It has now become a high priority challenge. There is an increasing demand for human resources specialised in eHealth from major eHealth developments aimed at supporting more effective healthcare services in many countries. However, there are challenges to ensuring that the eHealth informatics staff involved in the production and operation of such eHealth systems are ‘fit to practice’ professionals. There are currently different levels of understanding, qualification, quantification and definition of the existing and projected workforce requirements across Europe and in the US.

Key outputs for each of the topics are:

  • a comparative analysis of current US and EU approaches;
  • workshops in the US and the EU involving the different stakeholder groups;
  • interim reports and publications (Policy Briefs: one per target area, three separate brochures) documenting the subprojects’ findings and recommendations (in web- and printed version);
  • the “ARGOS project finale” global conference.

All of the above will target different types of stakeholders: policymakers and opinion formers, industry and users. Results will be translated into recommendations in order to support coordinated actions.
Following workshops have taken place during the second reporting period:

  • First Workshop
    Barcelona (Spain), 15 March 2010
  • US Workshop Virtual Physiological Human/Rare Diseases
    Washington (US), 12 November 2010
  • US Workshop Interoperability/Certification & Benchmarking/Benefits
    Washington (US), 12 November 2010
  • Final Conference
    Budapest (Hungary), 11 May 2011

The ARGOS results (including the Policy Briefs) have been published in an IOS book ISBN 978-1-60750-809-0 “Transatlantic Cooperation surrounding Health Related Information and Communication Technology”.

All ARGOS news

Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Workshop at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Heart House in Washington, DC, USA

An international workshop on “Model-driven Prediction and Simulation in Pediatric Cardiology” was hosted in Washington, DC, by the American College of Cardiology ACC. ... 12/09/2012

The Policy Briefs which have resulted from the ARGOS project are published in a IOS book.

Transatlantic Cooperation Surrounding Health Related Information and Communication Technology ... 01/09/2011

Invitation to attend the VPH-FET Conference - London 27 June 2011

VPH-FET is a support action that will elaborate a research roadmap for Future and Emerging Technologies related to the Virtual Physiological Human. ... 06/05/2011

ARGOS Global Conference

The ARGOS Policy Briefs and Position Papers on Virtual Physiological Human, Semantic Interoperability, Measuring Adoption, Usage and Benefits of eHealth and Certification of EHRs will be presented dur ... 04/04/2011

ARGOS @ EC Workshop on the EU-US cooperation

Prof. De Moor is presenting the ARGOS eHealth Pilot Project results during the workshop on the EU-US cooperation on eHealth to present "ongoing and planned actions". The workshop is organized by the E ... 24/03/2011

AMIA Meeting Advances Transatlantic Cooperation on Health IT Policy

On Friday, November 12, Nancy Lorenzi, AMIA Board Chair and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, convened a meeting of the ARGOS eHealth Consortium, a p ... 04/01/2011

Commission signs eHealth agreement with US

Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Washington to promote a common ... 20/12/2010

EuroRec Presence at WoHIT 2010 - eHealth 2010

Overview of locations and time of the High Level eHealth Conference, the Workshops organised by EuroRec, the Sessions organised/moderated by or with involvement of EuroRec + info on the EuroRec Booth. ... 09/03/2010


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  • EuroRec: The EuroRec Institute for Health Records,
    Saint-Chamond, France (Lead Applicant)
  • Empirica: Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und
    Technologieforschung mbH, Bonn, Germany
  • Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy
  • AMIA: American Medical Informatics Association
    (Partner and US Co-ordinator)
  • University at Buffalo, Ontology Research Group (ORG)

Other Contributing Organisations

  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • Certification Commission of Health Information Technology (CCHIT)
  • European American Business Council (EABC)
  • Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL)
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
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