EU: eHealth Task Force's recommendations for redesigning health in Europe
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A high-level group of eHealth experts on 7 May 2012 warned that Europeans will only be able to benefit from the affordable, less intrusive and more personalised healthcare which ICT can bring if agreement is reached on how to use health data.
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This group, the 'eHealth Task Force', headed by the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, delivered this and other recommendations for redesigning health in Europe to Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes and Commissioner John Dalli at eHealth Week 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The eHealth Task Force was established a year ago to advise the Commission on how to unlock the potential of eHealth for safer, better and more efficient healthcare in
More specifically, the Task Force presented their report 'Redesigning health in Europe for 2020' at eHealth Week's 10th High Level eHealth Conference whose theme was 'Smart Health - Better Lives'. The high-level event was co-organised by the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission; it brought together health ministers, government officials and stakeholders to promote innovation for smart health.
The five recommendations of the Task Force to the European Commission are as follows:
On this occasion, Neelie Kroes and John Dalli said: "Information and communication technologies are making our health systems more efficient and sustainable. This report from the eHealth Task Force puts the spotlight on the importance of health data, health literacy and exchange of good practice on eHealth. How we'll manage data will be critical for the effectiveness of our health research, diagnostics and healthcare delivery. It will enable people to play a more central role in the management of their health. Supporting health literacy is also key for patient empowerment and for building trust in eHealth solutions. We believe Member States have much to gain from learning from one another's eHealth experience rather than reinventing the wheel."
The Task Force's recommendations will feed into eHealth-related EU initiatives, including the eHealth Network, which is being established according to the provisions of the Directive on patients' rights in cross border healthcare.
The Commission has been investing in eHealth research for over 20 years. Since 2004, when the first eHealth Action Plan was launched, it has also been developing targeted policy initiatives aimed at fostering widespread adoption of eHealth technologies across the EU. More recently, the Commission launched the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing; it brings together the public and private sectors, researchers, health practitioners, patients and carers with the aim of adding two years to the average number of healthy life years in the EU by 2020. In the second half of 2012 the Commission will present the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 to scale-up eHealth for empowerment, efficiency and innovation.
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Continuity of care
Decision support systems
Electronic health records
ICT and lifestyle management
ICT for disease prevention and health promotion
ICT for patient safety
Personal Health Systems
Regional/national Health Information Networks
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