E-Health Media Ltd has today announced the launch of EHealthEurope.net, an independent news and business information portal covering the development of the healthcare information technology sector across Europe.

The target audiences for EHealthEurope.net are health professionals, health IT executives, policy makers and influencers, together with their industry partners. The portal will provide them with the news and information they need to stay informed and track developments across this rapidly evolving European marketplace.

The independent portal www.ehealtheurope.net is an English language service providing unbiased, incisive original news and analysis. The service is delivered by an award-winning editorial team from London and Berlin.

E-health is a fast-growing market valued by the European Commission at €11bn annually, and set to account for 5% of Europe’s healthcare expenditure (1).

EHealthEurope.net editor, Jon Hoeksma commented: "We believe there is a clear appetite for trusted news about and analysis of trends and policy development in healthcare IT across Europe: this is where our focus will lie, rather than the very country-specific coverage local industry titles already provide."

Mr Hoeksma added: "E-health is rapidly evolving in Europe, with major programmes now underway in countries including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and France. A key aim of EHealthEurope.net will be to help share lessons and experiences that support the development of the sector."

EHealthEurope.net has been developed by E-Health Media Ltd publishers of E-Health Insider www.e-health-insider.com the online health IT news service covering the UK, which has over 20,000 registered readers.

The EHealthEurope.net portal will provide high-level coverage of key policy, technology and industry trends in the sector, including major national, trans-national and regional procurements, initiatives and projects.

The EHealthEurope.net service comprises the following elements:

• Daily news coverage
• Comment and Analysis articles
• Interactive reader comment tools (requires registration)
• Regular e-mail newsletters (requires registration)
• Individual country focus features
• Special reports
• Document library
• E-health case studies library
• Events listings
• European Research Reports
(delivered in partnership with Silicon Bridge Research)

Registration for the EHealthEurope.net is free at: http://www.ehealtheurope.net/sign%5Fup/

Registration enables readers to received e-mail newsletters, post comments against news items and buy industry research reports.

Jon Hoeksma, Editor EHealthEurope.net
Tel: 0208 8715258
Email: jon@e-health-media.com
Web: www.ehealtheurope.net

(1)Size of European eHealth Market 
In 2004 the European Commission estimated the value of the health IT marketplace at Euros €11bn annually. (European Commission E-Health Action Plan, 2004, http://tinyurl.com/2yujr3).