Organised by DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), European Commission
Healthcare providers and professionals, citizens and policy-makers recognise the need for change in healthcare systems. Some of these changes are related to digitisation, which is slowly but consistently becoming part of everyday practice. These new tools and services have created a need for harmonised approaches, coordinated actions and in-depth attention to specific aspects such as interoperability, data protection and data management. This forum will bring together the needs, solutions and possibilities to address these needs.
The current changes in health and care systems include an increase of citizens' role in managing their health; with digitisation of health records and prescriptions, implementation of new procedures such as telemedicine/mobile health, and innovation by breaking silos between different health and care service providers and creating novel ecosystems.
This forum will present documents that are prepared to effectively address issues occurred while implementing digital health and will highlight new issues that have emerged since the adoption of the eHealth Action Plan 2012–2020 in December 2012.
In a context of rapidly ageing population and against the background of the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing, this session will focus on EU projects enabling the delivery of integrated care to older European citizens. It will present guidelines and specifications for providing, organising and implementing the service delivery in a person-centered approach. Integration of care will be based, on evidence-based approach to support cost-effective and efficient and cooperative care delivery patterns. It will also promote patient empowerment and smooth interface between patients, informal carers and all health professionals involved in this integrated care logics.
Esteban de Manuel, Clinical Director, Carewell Project; Kronikgune (Research Centre on Chronic Diseases), Spain
Panagiotis Stafylas, SmartCare Project; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Marco d’Angelantonio, Health Information Management (HIM)
The European Commission's eHealth Action Plan 2012 - 2020 - Innovative healthcare for the 21st century - defines the Commission’s vision on eHealth for the 2012-2020 period. It consolidates all activities on eHealth in the Commission but also stresses the importance of stakeholders' active participation in the process. The overall aim of the EU eHealth Action Plan is to address and remove the barriers to the full deployment of a cross-border eHealth system and to promote the deployment of health & care systems which are ICT-enabled, personalised, preventive, patient-centric, integrated, interoperable and sustainable and aimed at empowering citizens by enabling them to self-manage their health, diseases and well-being.
The Action Plan addresses the barriers and the following operational objectives:
– achieving wider interoperability of eHealth services;
– supporting research, development and innovation in eHealth and wellbeing to address the lack of user-friendly tools and services;
– facilitating uptake and ensuring wider deployment;
– promoting policy dialogue and international cooperation on eHealth at global level.
The intermediate evaluation of the implementation of the Action Plan is currently ongoing. The evaluation will summarise the progress made towards the objectives of the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 after two years of implementation; it will provide a basis upon which to judge the accomplishments of the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 after more than three years of operation and to identify any weaknesses that appeared during the first years that may prevent implementing the Action Plan fully by 2020. The discussion following the presentation of the Action Plan aims at identifying areas in which more in-depth actions should be taken as well as point out new topics that have emerged since the publication of the Action Plan in December 2012.
CARMEN LAPLAZA SANTOS, Deputy Head of Unit eHealth, Well-being and Ageing, DG CONNECT, European Commission
CHRISTIAAN VIS, Project manager E-COMPARED, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam and Member of the Young Forum Gastein Network
TERJE PEETSO, Policy Officer, Health and Well-being Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission