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The implementation of a Quality-Net as a part of the European project DIABCARE Q-Net

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6 Author(s)
Gerlach, K. ; Inst. of Biomed. Eng. & Inf., Tech. Univ. of Ilmenau, Germany ; Kaeding, A. ; Kottmair, S. ; Westphal, D.
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DIABCARE Q-Net is a European project with a consortium of partners in healthcare, industry, and research, which has the overall target of improvement in diabetes care by aggregation, evaluation, and feedback of anonymized patient data with the tools of modern telematics, resulting from the initiative of the St. Vincent-Declaration, St. Vincent, Italy. Based on standardized tools for quality improvement in diabetes care, i.e., the Basic Information Sheet (BIS) and recently developed data entry and feedback software (DIABCARE Data for Windows), DIABCARE Q-Net as a part of the Telematics Applications Program of the European Commission will improve diabetes care and disease management by the implementation of a quality network. Therefore, the project implements regional, national, and central nodes for processing of diabetes quality indicators. All participating centers (GPs and clinics in Europe) get feedback by standardized benchmarking. The pilot testing and the state of implementation of our network confirm the importance of improving the quality of life of diabetic patients in all participating countries.

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Information Technology in Biomedicine, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 2 )