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HIMSS positive over IT integration in Dutch healthcare system

Uwe Buddus, senior consultant of HIMSS Europe expressed positive views on the integration of IT in Dutch hospitals at the opening of HIMSS 2014 in Orlando Florida. “HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.” 2 members of Dutch Hospital Design are attending the HIMSS14. Below is a translated article by Skipr about IT in the Dutch healthcare sector. The original article in Dutch can be found here.

Placed on 24 February 2014 by Skipr:

HIMSS positive over Dutch healthcare-IT
“Hospitals in The Netherlands are doing relatively well in healthcare IT compared to other European countries. Eight hospitals have reached level 6 in the adoption of information and communication technology” According to Uwe Buddrus, senior consultant of HIMSS Europe, who mentioned this on Sunday the 23rd of February at the opening of ‘We Change Healthcare’, the study trip of Heliview in collaboration with Skipr to the Himss2014 in Orlanda, Florida.
Clinical – decision making and IT
The following hospitals offer complete electronic supported management of images and complete electronic supported clinical decision making: the Amphia Hospital, the Leids University Medical Center, the Radboud University Medical Center, the Sint Lucas Andreas Hospital, the Spaarne Hospital, the Antonius Hospital, the Westfriesgasthuis and the University Medical Center Utrecht. Four other hospitals are preparing to reach level 6 this year.
Diagnostic imaging
Three out of ten Dutch hospitals have reached level 5 of the IT adoption. Additional to digital nursing and decision support, they also have complete digital imaging. They are preparing for level 6 which includes barcoding, complete medical decision making support and the highest medication safety.
Relationship doctors and mangers under pressure
About sixty percent of the Dutch hospitals form a second group which have reached levels 1 and 2 which includes electronic information over diagnostics and medication which is coupled to clinical data about the patient. They still do not see much return on investment and struggle with the changes in processes which put the relationship between managers and doctors under pressure.
Busy agenda HIMSS in The Netherlands
HIMSS Europe has created a busy agenda for The Netherlands in 2014. Visits to hospitals have been planned to check that the certificates of compliance to the IT level actually works in reality. Hospitals who are preparing to reach level 7 will be visited for pre-validation. Uwe Buddruss: “One has to look in the hospital to see if it actually works in reality” HIMSS will roll out a pilot project in the primary healthcare sector in collaboration with Dutch general practioner organizations. HIMSS will take place for the second time on the 6th and 7th of November.


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