Healthcare models, systems and services

New organization models for healthcare

Change management procedures, assure sustainability, challenge concepts and organizational models, and help the participation of the citizens in the decision-making processes.

Current projects

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Survey on the impact of the establishment of Local Health Units in Portugal

National School of Public Health, Nova University of Lisbon, 2014

Local Health Units (LHU) were implemented to provide vertical integrated healthcare services in Portugal. In 2014, the nine LHUs cover 11,6% of the Portuguese population and represent approximately 8,2% of the Portuguese NHS budget. The project aims to evaluate the performance of LHUs in the context of the National Health Service.


Epidemiological Study on the Vascular Diseases in Portugal

National School of Public Health, Nova University of Lisbon, 2013

This epidemiological study aims to characterize the burden of vascular diseases in Portugal and to assess how vascular surgery is performed and provide knowledge for the organization of the national healthcare provision.

Information and communication technologies

Foster new information and communication technologies in order to find out innovative mechanisms promoting the interaction between patients, families and healthcare providers mostly in specific settings, including clinical consulting services.

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Project: Intervention software for children with speech sound disorders

School of health Sciences and Institute of Electronics and Informatics Engineering of Aveiro, University of Aveiro, Portugal, 2014

Speech sound disorders are speech disorders in which some speech sounds (called phonemes) in a child’s native language are either not produced, not produced correctly, or are not used correctly.

Being aware of the benefits of using intervention software for speech therapy, the Speech, Language and Sound Laboratory of the University of Aveiro intends to develop software as a tool for the treatment of children (Portuguese and English) with phonologically based speech sound disorders.


Project: Education of health professionals for the use of computer-aided pulmonary auscultation

Physiotherapy Cardio-respiratory Laboratory, University of Aveiro, Portugal, 2014

Auscultation is a worthwhile tool for detection of a patient´s respiratory pathology and is widely used in clinical practice. With the advent of modern advances in electronic stethoscopes and computerized lung sounds analysis, the potential of such technology for improved diagnosis of some respiratory diseases has become apparent. The objective of the project is to train health professionals in the use of a computer-aided auscultation software for the diagnosis of respiratory diseases.


SER project

This project studies the instrumental value of information and communication technologies to expand the scope of intervention of the healthcare professionals, namely doctors and nurses in Portugal. This study will be published in September 2014.

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Global eHealth Ambassadors Program

The purpose of the program is to raise the profile of eHealth worldwide, through advocacy activities. Advocacy plays a particularly important role within the broad framework of using ICT to strengthen health systems, especially in the Global South. Chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the eHealth Ambassadors are globally recognized personalities who serve as high-level advocates for eHealth.

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eHealth Project iCARE

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is supporting PIN – Progresso Infantil (, a child and adolescent developmental center located near Lisbon, for the development of an innovative eHealth project iCARE ( This eHealth project comes up new solutions for patients with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders and families.

The iCARE project is designed to create an integral mental health tool for patients and families:

  • Online sessions allowing  patients and therapists to have their consultations without the constraints of geographical barriers
  • Website providing information on child development and its disorders
  • Online Courses, to qualify healthcare professionals on child and adolescent developmental disorders
  • New applications to developmental disorders for desktop and mobile devices.
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Telemedicine in Portugal

Rosa Valente Matos, author

This publication, in collaboration with the National School of Public Health, is based upon a survey on the use of telemedicine resources in Portugal.


Healthcare and Communication in a Networked Society – The Portuguese case

Rita Espanha, author

The content of this publication, in collaboration with the Centre of Sociology Research and Studies, is based upon a project that studied the instrumental value of the internet in expanding the scope of action of healthcare professionals. Attention also focused on the problematic of modeling the choices made by the users themselves and expanding the scope of autonomy that to a significant extent determines the healthcare options taken.

Updated on 17 october 2017

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