Applications of Information Technologies (ITs) are increasing in the healthcare domain. ITs have been proven to be a support for the dissemination of knowledge andtraining amongst specialists in the use of computer-aided surgery . The development of new technologies advances care opportunities for patients, e.g., improving patientwell-being by reducing pain through clinical investigation . Recent developments in ITs towards a digital hospital  address medical practitioners and patients within thewalls of the hospital. Little attention has been given to crossing these walls, for example, supporting relatives of hospitalized patients. This column presents an example oftraditional boundaries of the hospital disappearing by the use of standard ITs. It explores the potential benefit brought by external system integration in the connecting area of Health Informatics/Telematics.
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