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European Journal of ePractice

Nº 21 · December 2013: From eHealth to mHealth - mhealth Regulatory Environments

The current issue with subtitle 'mhealth Regulatory Environments' deals with the regulations and certification of mHealth applications, or ‘apps’, software which utilise smartphone platforms to deliver specific types of patient care and management.

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Nº 20 · November 2013: From ehealth to mhealth, Society Becomes the Driver of its Health Activities: Applying mHealth Solutions

This issue takes up the challenge of analysing mHealth as it is today, and offering some clues about how it should or could develop in the future. In this context, this issue takes into account that  the on-going widespread uptake and use of mobile telecommunications and multimedia technologies, including such devices as smartphones and tablet computers, has opened up rich new avenues to exploit eHealth.

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Nº 19 · September 2013: EU-US Cooperation on eHealth issues
We live in a world that is becoming increasingly globalised. As people travel more and more widely, as businesses become more international, as trade barriers are repealed, cooperation between countries and stakeholders becomes ever more important. 

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Nº 18 · October 2012: New Business Models for Public Services
In recent years, central and local governments all over the world have begun to finance and operate  
eGovernment initiatives using a range of new forms of collaboration. The underlying reasons for these changes have included tightened budgets, the need for increased accountability, and demands for more efficient and faster public services. 
Nº 17 · September 2012: Digital Strategies for Government & Business
Taking a strategic view of ICT has never been more important than now. Most governments would say they do, but do they really? What does it take to transform government by ICT? Or, should the ambitions be lowered? What can realistically be achieved and what cannot?


Nº 16 · June/July 2012: eGovernance and Social Media
The effective use of social media is indeed a difficult process for enterprises and civil organisations, but for governments and public sector entities the challenges seem even more daunting. One of the reasons for this is the difficulties of changing organisational work practices and structures that are generally quite entrenched in long-standing public organisations. 
Nº 15 · February/March 2012: Policy Lessons Learned

Over the past decade, many Information Society strategies have emerged in Europe, such as eEurope (1999), i2010 (2005) and Digital Agenda for Europe (2010). eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion are the three policy sub-domains comprising the societal public services pillar which is the backbone of all such strategic frameworks.

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Nº 14 · January/February 2012: Surviving the Digital Identity World

A person’s digital identity can be defined as the collection of all digital information about or related

to the person. Social interaction, shopping, entertainment, Government services – are all increasingly
performed through digital means, and all depend on, create and use digital identity information. 
Nº 13 · October 2011: Megatrends in eGovernment

The first government websites were launched almost 15 years ago. E-government initiatives have since then proliferated at all levels of government. Early views assumed the move towards eGovernment as a single linear developmental path. This notion was soon captured by suppliers in a variety of stage models.

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Nº 12 · March/April 2011: The Openness of Government

In November 1959, for TV Guide Magazine, John F. Kennedy wrote about television as “a force that has changed the political scene”. He had recently experienced the first televised Presidential debates, against Richard M. Nixon, and realised that things would never be the same again. But not even he foresaw that 50 years later, that same communication technology would still be rewriting the rules of politics and government, continuing to open up yet more aspects of political life — not least by bringing the workings of parliaments around the world into our homes.

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Nº 11 · March 2011: e-Government for the Εconomic Crisis

E-Government itself has enjoyed substantial investment and attention over the last ten years in Europe as elsewhere. It has focused strongly on the twin goals of performance efficiency of the public sector and its effectiveness in delivering high quality services, both of which are again high priority goals as governments attempt to find a way through the profound challenges they currently face. 

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Nº 10 · September 2010: Implementing eAccessibility as a service quality factor
Over the last decades Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have entered almost all aspects of our lives. The multimedial and multimodal power of ICT allows adapting systems and services to the needs of all user groups. Access has become easier due to time and location independence of ICT based services.


Nº 9 · March 2010: Government 2.0 - Hype, Hope, or Reality?

In the space of two years, the “2.0” meme has risen from obscurity to mainstream in eGovernment policy, as the comparison between the EU Ministerial Declaration of 2007 and 2009 shows. Yet much of the debate is still on the potential opportunities and risks of Government 2.0, with evangelists emphasising the great benefits of crowdsourcing and of leveraging collective intelligence, and skeptics pointing to the risks of wishful thinking, to the limits of transparency, and to the hype about its impact. The question is then: has government 2.0 so far really provided visible benefits for citizens?
Nº 8 · December 2009: eHealth and beyond
Today, citizens aged 65+ make up close to 18 % of the total population in all EU countries and the percentage of elderly will increase further in the following years. The most dramatic raise is expected in the 80+ age range. Ageing of the population together with unhealthy life styles are generating an increased prevalence of chronic conditions that place additional strains on both health and social support systems. In this scenario, existing health systems must make the transition to new models of care, with a shift towards integrated patient management 
Nº 7 · March 2009: eParticipation
As the European Union moves towards elections to the European Parliament in June 2009, there is a chance to reflect on the status of democracy and participation across the continent. Never before have there been such contradictory and auspicious developments in thinking about how all sections of European society can engage in policy making and political debate.
Nº 6 · January 2009: Key enablers for eTransformation? eID, Interoperability and Open Source 

The European Commission’s eGovernment Action Plan considers innovations in Identification, interoperability and open source software to be keys to opening the door to the transformational potential of eGovernment. The developers of eGovernment services are therefore directing additional resources on these innovations as a means for providing high impact services. But will initiatives in these areas work? 

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Nº 5 · October 2008: High Impact Services

The current issue with title 'High Impact Services' evalutes the extent to which services are of high impact or not especially following the financial crisis of 2008 that has redefined the business/government landscape, therefore necessitating the focus in delivering imapct in the right areas. 

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Nº 4 · August 2008: Efficiency and effectiveness 
The fourth issue of the European Journal of ePractice provides insightful and provocative reflections on the
topic of “efficiency and effectiveness” of public eServices. There are analytical articles but also a couple of
very telling concrete examples of how innovative deployment of ICT combined with institutional and organisational change have contributed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of public administrations.
Nº 3 · May 2008: Inclusive e-services 

In its i2010 eGovernment Action Plan, the European Commission sets out a vision for the take-up and use of eservices across member states with the objectives of not only improving efficiency and saving taxpayers’ money, but also expanding democratic participation. In order to achieve these goals, it is expected that by 2010 all citizens will have access to services through a variety of channels, such as digital TV and mobile phones as well as computers.

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Nº 2 · February 2008: New e-ways of doing the Government's job 
This second issue of the European Journal of ePractice presents a variety of case studies that show  Governments are willing to experiment. From interoperability, to RFID via online portals to bridging the digital gap, public actors take home important insights every day. Government's ways are now naturally e-enabled. 
Nº 1 · November 2007: The socio-technical nature of good practice exchange 
This is the first issue of the European Journal of ePractice (EjeP). It marks the beginning of a deep engagement not only with sharing but also with analysis of good practice across EU27+. Our authors, who are all members of the community, showcase success factors for professionals in eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth. While there are challenges ahead, tremendous momentum is building up. 

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