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Sweden Launches National e-Health Strategy

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The Sweden Government has launched a new citizen-centred National e-Health Strategy, which is specifically designed to ensure the provision of information to where it is needed to support improvements in care.

The new e-Health strategy will focus on the need to use ICT to improve health professionals and decision makers. The government will use appropriate ICT based tools help to ensure that all patients receive adequate, safe, secure health care and good-quality service. According to the strategy, ICT will be used as a strategic tool at all levels in the care sector, health care resource as a whole will be utilised more efficiently and effectively. The strategy will also provide citizens to access personal data on their own care, treatment and heath status. The strategy also calls for tight security on any e-Health system. The 36 page document looks at progress in Sweden's healthcare settings to date and lists six action areas for cooperation and coordination at national level. The first three are concerned with establishing better basic conditions for ICT in health and elderly care. The last three are about improving e-Health solutions and adapting these to patient needs.

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