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eHealth is a rapidly developing and innovative area both in the United States and in Europe. The European Union and the United States joined forces to enhance health-related information and communication technology, called eHealth in Europe and health IT in the US respectively.
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eHealth has the potential to promote individual and social health while fostering innovation, economic growth and cost-saving efficiency. To advance in this area, representatives of the EU and US signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2010. In 2013 they decided on a mutual Cooperation Roadmap, which focuses on two work streams areas:

  • Advancing eHealth Interoperability – An active collaboration will accelerate progress towards widespread deployment and daily use of internationally recognized standards that support electronic health information and communication technology;
  • eHealth Workforce Development – A common intent will identify effective approaches to provide sufficient numbers of highly proficient eHealth/health IT professionals. This will ensure that healthcare, public health, and allied professional workforces possess the eSkills needed to make optimal use of the available eHealth/health IT. Equally, competency and knowledge deficiencies among all staff in healthcare delivery, management, administration and support will be addressed to ensure universal application of ICT solutions in health services.

The EU-US eHealth Cooperation Initiative calls upon stakeholders to engage in the areas mentioned above, particularly during special EU-US eHealth events.

Trillium Bridge

To implement the interoperability part of the EU-US roadmap, the European Union funds the Trillium Bridge project. The project aims at establishing an interoperability standard to bridge patient summaries and electronic health records (EHRs) between the EU and US.

Trillium Bridge sets out to mobilize resources for an EU/US community of knowledge, identify gaps, and assemble interoperability assets to help bridge the gaps between the systems. This will foster synergies and collaborations catalyzing a common understanding that will drive wide adoption of common global eHealth standards and specifications at a lower cost.

The Transatlantic Economic Council

Both EU and US institutions encourage a more effective use of ICT in health services, disease prevention and health promotion; thus, the Transatlantic Economic Council has decided to make a critical contribution to the development of ICT in the health services sector. The aim of the Council is to promote interoperability of eHealth/health IT products and services across the Atlantic, which will in turn provide improved mobility and consistent proficiency recognition for a professional workforce, and will prevent unnecessary regulatory divergences.