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Slovakia kicks off competition for eHealth study

SLOVAKIA’S Finance Ministry has placed a notice in the EU Official Journal announcing a competition for feasibility studies covering the architectural framework and implementation of the eHealth Programme. The studies should include evaluation and characteristics of the basic technological and security components involved in informatisation of the health sector, as well as the definition of short-term priorities within the programme, the SITA newswire reported.

SLOVAKIA’S Finance Ministry has placed a notice in the EU Official Journal announcing a competition for feasibility studies covering the architectural framework and implementation of the eHealth Programme. The studies should include evaluation and characteristics of the basic technological and security components involved in informatisation of the health sector, as well as the definition of short-term priorities within the programme, the SITA newswire reported.

The deadline for bidders to apply for competition dossiers has been set at March 25, 2009. Bids or project applications can be submitted up to April 20, 2009. A committee will assess the proposals received. All orders for services following the competition will be allocated to the winner or one of the winners (if there is more than one). The committee’s verdict will be binding for the procurer.

Four criteria will be judged during the evaluation of bids: the proposed methodology for drafting the feasibility study; a draft description of the eHealth project; a draft description of a selected component from the eHealth Component List; and the proposed time framework for implementation of the feasibility study.

Upon appointment to his post in June last year, Health Minister Richard Raši announced that the informatisation of the health sector would be one of his priorities. In this respect, the cabinet approved two important documents. It acknowledged the report on the situation in informatisation of the health sector in late March and approved the strategic objectives of eHealth in the middle of July 2008. The costs of informatisation in the period 2009-2013 are estimated at approximately €252 million.

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