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eHealth

The EU has defined the following three goals with regard to eHealth:
  • to improve citizens' health by making life-saving information available – between countries when necessary – using eHealth tools
  • to increase healthcare quality and access by making eHealth part of health policy and coordinating EU countries' political, financial and technical strategies
  • to make eHealth tools more effective, user-friendly and widely accepted by involving professionals and patients in strategy, design and implementation.

European Commission's eHealth Stakeholder Group

The ESR is a member of the eHealth Stakeholder Group, first established by the European Commission in 2012. The group is composed of up to 30 European umbrella organisations and associations representing users (patients, professionals, providers, payers etc), industry, research and standardisation organisations. Policy areas of specific interest include relevant actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe on eHealth and the eHealth Action Plan. The term of the first eHealth Stakeholder Group ended in 2015.
In April 2016, the term of eHealth Stakeholder Group was renewed.
ESR experts have been nominated to the eHealth Stakeholder Group with a mandate of three years.
The aim of the group is to discuss and to contribute to the development of eHealth policy at EU level in a multidisciplinary approach. In particular, it will contribute to the implementation of the eHealth Action Plan and the eHealth Network activities.


eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020: Innovative healthcare for the 21st century

The European Commission's eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 provides a roadmap to empower patients and healthcare workers, to link up devices and technologies, and to invest in research towards the personalised medicine of the future.
This means providing smarter, safer and patient-centred health services. Given the fast growing uptake of tablets and smartphones, the Action Plan also includes a special focus on mobile health (mHealth).

The main topics addressed in the eHealth Action Plan include:

  • Increase awareness of the benefits and opportunities of eHealth, and empower citizens, patients and healthcare professionals
  • Address issues currently impeding eHealth interoperability
  • Improve legal certainty for eHealth
  • Support innovation and research in eHealth and development of a competitive European and global market.

More information is available here.


Digital Single Market Strategy

Aims to make the EU's single market freedoms "go digital" and boost growth and jobs in the EU. The strategy includes telemedicine and ehealth, which is a step forward in promoting interoperability and standards of these digital technologies in the EU, for the benefit of patients, health professionals, health systems and industry.

In May 2015, the European Commission adopted 16 initiatives to create a Digital Single Market for Europe, based on the following three pillars:

  • Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe
  • Creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish
  • Maximising the growth potential of the digital economy

The 16 key actions include, inter alia, the proposal to create a set of rules to facilitate cross-border e-commerce, a modern European copyright law as well as to further strengthen cybersecurity etc.

Moreover, the Commission emphasises the need to define missing technological standards that are essential for supporting the digitalisation of the EU’s industrial, services sectors (e.g. big data etc.), and thus proposed to define priorities for standards and interoperability in areas critical to the Digital Single Market, including e-Health.

For further information on the Digital Single Market, please click here.


(Last revision: April 2016)



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