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Slovenia's Marand to be involved in Malta's e-health

Ljubljana, 19 June (STA) - Slovenian IT company Marand has won the Maltese Health Ministry's tender to implement a data platform for the national electronic health records as part of healthcare digitalisation in the country.

A statement from Marand said that its solution, called Better Platform, will make it possible to establish national database of patient clinical data.

The co-called national health spine will store the population's health data such as vaccinations taken, allergies, past diagnoses, history of surgeries and the current list of the drugs the patient is taking.

The data will be stored in such a way as to allow the health system easy transfer of data between various app developers, health institutions, research institutes and countries.

The release quoted Clinton Farrugia, chief information officer at the Maltese Health Ministry, as saying that the "key requirement for the platform is providing data as a service by separating data from applications and storing it in a vendor-neutral format".

Marand said it was honoured to have been selected as the provider of this core infrastructure component by the Maltese Health Ministry.

"Better Platform stores all health data in openEHR, an open, vendor-neutral data format. This approach will help Malta execute a health system reform by building a solid foundation for current and future projects and applications," said Tomaž Gornik, CEO of Better, Marand's brand for IT solutions in health.

The biggest e-health project won by Marand was the 2013 contract to set up a system of health data exchange in Moscow for the city's 12 million people. The system currently involves 500 Moscow health centres and 106 hospitals employing 50,000 doctors.

The company has recently also implemented its data platform at university hospitals in Heidelberg, Göttingen and Hanover in Germany, mainly for data processing in the field of research.

The solution is also used in the Östergötland region in Sweden, in the UK as part of the The 1000 Genomes Project and by Eurotransplant.

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