EU coordination

Many potential hurdles to eHealth can only be tackled at national and regional level (reimbursement issues, for instance) but coordination at EU level helps ensure a coherent approach.

Patient safety, political leadership, the involvement of health professionals and mutually comprehensible terminology are areas where EU coordination is particularly useful.

In parallel, EU support for projects ensures that policy making is informed by the latest developments and information from the field.

Key EU eHealth initiatives

Information and Communication Technologies

Efforts to stimulate demand and remove obstacles to eHealth services.

See: EU measures to promote ICT in healthcare

Standardisation

eHealth identified as a priority domain where standardisation is required to reach the policy objectives.

See: ICT Standardisation Work Programme

Health research

See: Health research programme

Support for research

Work to improve our understanding of the links between technology, economy and society.

See: EU Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

Telemedicine

Tools for remote access to information.

See: The European Space Agency telemedicine alliance

Telecommunication networks

Searchable database including eHealth projects

See: eTen – trans-European e-services in the public interest

Medical devices

EU law on market access, international trade relations and competitiveness

See: Medical devices – EU support for development and innovation

The European health insurance card

Replaces paper forms needed for health treatment in another EU country.

See: European health insurance card