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Lithuania launches eHealth website

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Lithuania’s ministry of health has launched a website, http://esp.sam.lt, under its eHealth programme (NESS). NESS should improve medical services and ensure rapid exchange of information via the internet and other electronic means. The ministry says Lithuania has become the first Baltic state to develop and start an eHealth development strategy. One of NESS’s projects is implementing a patient information system in hospitals in the country’s three regions, with an estimated budget is Lt15.3 million ($6.5 million). The government is providing Lt6.7 million with the remainder coming from EU funds. The new website should make electronic services more accessible and useful for patients, doctors and healthcare workers, the ministry says. It will contain news about NESS including implemented and ongoing projects, legal acts and drafts, and links, among other things.

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