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Portuguese National Center of Telehealth joins the ISfTeH as institutional member

Portuguese National Center of Telehealth (CNTS) has joined International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) as institutional member on May 10, 2017.

ISfTeH is a NonGovernmental Organisation (NGO) in Official Relations with WHO (World Health Organization) whose mission is to facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth and providing access to recognized experts in the field worldwide. Networking within the international Telemedicine/eHealth community and exploring and highlighting the existing synergies between the global players are some of the added values of belonging to this NGO.

CNTS was created by the Portuguese Government in October 2016 and is part of the Shared Services for Ministry of Health (SPMS). Its aim is to facilitate the citizens’ access to health, to ensure its equity and to increase the efficiency of national resources by taking advantage of information and communication technology. Thereby it supports the broader national strategy of a holistic approach to health, care integration and citizen’s empowerment.

“The creation of the CNTS, integrated in the SPMS of the Ministry of Health, perfectly fits within a new strategy for the health sector contributing to improve the governance and efficiency of the Portuguese National Health Service, based on solutions for the modernization and integration of information technologies in the framework of shared services,” says Micaela Monteiro, coordinator of the CNTS.

“The CNTS is an important driver for innovation and reorganization of health care that will contribute significantly to strengthening citizen power in the National Health Service, helping citizens to participate in the management of their own health in a more autonomous and informed way.”

For more information, see www.cnts.min-saude.pt.