European Commission to examine how digital health can improve care

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to examine how digital innovations can be used in health and care across Europe.

The consultation is intended to align itself with a new Communication policy which will be adopted by the end of 2017.

Vice-president Andrus Ansip and commissioners Vytenis Andriukaitis, Mariya Gabriel and Carlos Moedas released a joint statement:

“We are dedicated to improving European citizens’ quality of living by improving Europe’s health, care and research systems by using digital technologies to their full potential.

“This consultation will help us identify ways to offer citizens, medical professionals and researchers better access to health data, prevention, rapid response to pandemic threats, personalised treatments and care.

“We are considering new digital initiatives to deliver on the free movement of patients and data, to support the modernisation of national health systems, and to bring together scattered evidence and innovative knowledge from across Europe. At the heart of our policies, citizens and their wellbeing are our first priority.”

The consultation will collect information across three key areas. These include increasing interoperability of electronic health records in Europe by enabling secure access for citizens to their health data, with the possibility to share it across borders. The consultation will also examine how connected and shared data can advance research, personalise health and care and help anticipate epidemics. Finally, the consultation will look at using digital services to promote citizen empowerment and integrated person-centred care.

A survey has been launched for input active until 12 October 2017.

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