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null Research Unit on Digital Health
Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Madrid)


The Unit was created at the ISCIII in 2000 under the name of Research Area on Telemedicine and Information Society, and was transformed in the Research Unit on Telemedicine and eHealth around 2007 with the mission of research, develop and innovate on methods, systems and technologies for the provision of health and welfare services by means of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s). 

Its main research lines are:

  • mobile health
  • Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
  • information systems in healthcare;
  • standardization and semantic interoperability in EHR
  • personal health record (PHR
  • Archetypes
  • development of open platform for the follow up of patients (chronically, elderly and dependent persons care)
  • security and safety of telemedicine applications
  • evaluation of new mobile telehealth services and their integration in the public healthcare system
  • extraction of medical knowledge from data (machine learning and big data)

The Unit has developed the PITES platform, a stable and public innovation infrastructure, that it is made up of a technological platform, services and tools, and that is directed at research groups, public or private entities and organizations, with the missionof offering support for the obtaining of evidence on new models for health care provision based on ICT (Telehealth) in scenarios related to chronic illness and dependency. PITES has a twofold objective:  a) facilitating and accelerating the development of telehealth applications by making available technological infrastructures which in another way would not be tackled or would have to be designed and constructed from scratch by each project, and b) promote interoperability through the adoption of open standards for the communication of medical data and information (semantic interoperability).

The Unit collaborates with the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (MSSSI) in the definition of the electronic health record for the national health system project (HCDSNS) and is actively participating in the EIP‐AHA and has declared its commitment with the activities of B3 action plan. Its members are deeply involved in Standards Normalization Organizations (UNE, CEN, and ISO).

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