It may also serve as a model for other countries and regions

Organised by the EUROPÉER Foundation, a workshop was held in Miskolc, at the Széchenyi street 32, on November 20, 2014.

Established in the framework of a joint cross-border cooperation, the Health Info Project has been presented by Dr. Zsolt Pásztor. Árpád Kun gave a professional presentation about the On-duty Medical Care Monitoring System and demonstrated the use of NonStopMed in practice. The workshop on November 20 ended with a round-table discussion.

The EUROPÉER Public Benefit Foundation for European Development and Cooperation (in brief: EUROPÉER Foundation –, as a lead partner and the Regionálna rozvojová agentúra prerozvoj Dolného Zemplína (RRA DZ – ) as the partner in Slovakia, started a joint project in October, 2012 in the framework of the Hungary-Slovakia Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013 for the establishment of a joint online on-duty medical care monitoring system to handle unexpected situations in the selected areas of the Hungarian-Slovak border region. Identification number of the project: HUSK/1001/1.4.1/0019. The information related to the on-duty medical care and services do not belong to the everyday interests of people. Only emergencies direct the attention to the importance of such data. Especially if it is necessary to find an on-duty clinic open at night, a pharmacy open during the holidays or a dentist consulting on the weekend, in our own country or abroad.


Online on-duty health care monitoring system

The objective of the project was to establish a joint online on-duty medical care monitoring system to handle unexpected situations in the selected areas of the Hungarian – Slovak border region (Borsod-Abaúj Zemplén County and Kosice County) – highlighted Dr. Zsolt Pásztor. The aim of the development was to create a client application searching on-duty clinic or pharmacy, which is available also through the operating system of mobile phones and web browsers.

The application uses the actual GPS position of the user (defined by the user’s mobile phone) or the address defined by the user and shows the nearest on-duty clinic, pharmacy with their typical data.

The hits can be displayed in text and also on maps. The application promotes contact to the institutions (direct call) as well as route planning and access to the institution subject to the features of the device applied.

The application also contains additional supplementary functions to facilitate use (e.g., search, information, etc.). The application developed has the following main features: Map-based search functions to find on-duty pharmacy and clinic. Refining search according to various criteria. Detailed page of institutions, with information typical of the institution. Saving favourite institutions, list of institutions viewed recently. Useful information (emergency telephones, information related to on-duty services, etc.). Option to send feedback message.

The application has been developed for mobile operation systems and web browsers: Android, Windows Phone, iOS mobile operation systems or other modern web browsers (the use of Cookies and Javascript must be allowed)

Direct target groups of the on-duty service monitoring system: Citizens living and studying in the project area, students and employees arriving from other regions. Offices, hotels, tourism facilities in the area and people arriving in the project region (tourists, business people, etc.)


Multiplier effect

The most important features of the service to be developed: display on the map; listing of the nearest on-duty health care services on the basis of GPS and cell information; continuously updated database; navigation options; access to the application through several platforms. The significance of the application is that, ignoring the national boundaries, it provides regional up-to-date data about the on-duty health care services available and generates a list of the on-duty health care service providers, which are the nearest and can be accessed fastest.

The project may serve as a model also for other regions, countries and subject areas. The project has a significant multiplier effect as it can be extended to additional parts of the two countries, to other countries as well as to additional subject areas.