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Newsletters > December 2010 > PEOPLE GOOD PRACTICES - ICMED
Twenty Good Practices taking place in the seven regions of the PEOPLE Partnership have been selected by the PEOPLE policy experts as representing innovative experiences to address some of the consequence of the demographic changes in Europe.

All regional partners are represented in the selection of Good Practices across the six PEOPLE themes.

We will look to feature one Good Practice in each of the PEOPLE newsletters, and in this issue we turn our attention to the ICMed practice, which is underway in Timis, Romania.



The lack of information exchange between different healthcare providers limits the free movement of citizens in the European Union. At the same time, the existing fragmentation of health services limits the patient's access to his own health record and puts the burden of managing this information on the patient.


Critical medical information may be unavailable when it is needed most (e.g. in an

emergency, or abroad). Displacements in case of natural disasters may severely affect the availability of health care services, further hampered by the inability to assess health care needs in the affected population.


The ICMed project aims to empower patients and enable instantaneous access to their own electronic health care records by developing a coordinated and integrated medical IT system to share health care records and medical information in real time between individual health care providers to include the patient in the information loop.


The main objectives of the project are firstly the exchange in real time of medical information between health care providers and, secondly the empowering of patients, by concurrently enabling this access to their own healthcare record.


The ICMed database covers the digital health records of more than half of the citizens in Timis county in addition to more than sixty per cent of the neighboring Arad county, with more than six hundred health care providers throughout Romania, mostly from Western Romania, using the system. Zonation and, partly, microzonation information for both counties is linked with the electronic health records.


ICMed has user interfaces in Romanian, Hungarian and German, and also allows automatic translation of medical information in English, permitting access throughout European health care providers.


The project is a commercial undertaking and is auto-financing through subscriptions by healthcare providers and individual citizens (for eCards). Currently, over two million people in Romania are covered by the system.