Development of unique m-Health application and web platform combining patient health data fed by the patient with the EHR stored in national healthcare database
As a part of a wider development programme co-financed by EU Structural Funds through Social Renewal Operational Programme 2007-2013, MENTA was implemented by the public body responsible for operating Hungarian national e-health system. It is a unique public driven mHealth innovation combining patient health data fed by the patient with the electronic health records (EHR) stored in national healthcare database. It identified needs arising from the shift from inpatient care to outpatient and home care, and the need for information about available care and treatment services and the location of the nearest providers, as well as different symptoms, diseases, medicines, drugs, treatment procedures, effectiveness and adverse reactions. Functions of MENTA were defined in cooperation with the key stakeholders. Co-creation was based on a research confirming the need for a reliable and validated central health information system that is available for the wide range of the population by mobile and online home tools. MENTA was designed to integrate mobile, wearable and smart or telehealth solutions, and to offer health service providers and patients sufficient information regarding validity and safety of available products and services, as well as direct link to personal health records (PHR), patients’ summaries and care histories. The whole national e-health system (incl. MENTA) offers new market opportunities to vendors of innovative ICT solutions and smart devices and services.

Resources needed

A project manager and an assistant. Plus in part-time/subcontracting basis 5-10 experts for development, and financial, legal communication and controlling activities. Total budget of the hosting programme was app. EUR 3225K. Sub-budget for MENTA: EUR 102K external expertise and EUR 100K staff cost.

Evidence of success

Until 2016.11.30, the registrations on the portal and the number of downloads of the MENTA application reached 100000 (as it was planned).
As a result of the development a new opportunity appeared and became available for the citizens to access to health database and to the results of access enhancements. MENTA strengthened the health conscious thinking and behavior of the public by expanding the range of available health IT services.

Difficulties encountered

Execution plans, contents and deadlines of milestones were monitored and redesigning if needed, in order to ensure delivery of expected main outputs and final results and avoid impacts of changes in the institutional setup and responsibilities of public bodies involved in the implementation.

Potential for learning or transfer

Good practice for public driven innovation and multi helix cooperation (ICT/TECH experts, patients and professionals as end-users and other stakeholders).
The application and the equivalent portal (providing access to equal opportunities) provides new possibility for the making and maintaining or improving connection and cooperation between people (patients and other clients) and individual or organizational healthcare providers, helping to share information about electronically recorded health data.
In addition it promotes the continuous monitoring and management of health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. It supports people with more knowledge and information playing a much more active role both in preventing disease and in caring.
MENTA together with the national e-health system offer new market opportunities to vendors of innovative ICT solutions and smart devices and services, e.g. those interested in innovation and delivery of home care products and solutions.

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Main institution
National Healthcare Service Center (ÁEEK)
Közép-Magyarország, Hungary (Magyarország)
Start Date
April 2014
End Date
December 2015


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