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
eHealth identified as a priority domain where standardisation is required to
reach the policy objectives.
See: ICT Standardisation Work Programme
See: Health research programme
Support for research
Work to improve our understanding of the links between technology, economy
See: EU Institute
for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
Tools for remote access to information.
See: The European Space Agency telemedicine alliance
Searchable database including eHealth projects
See: eTen – trans-European e-services in the public
EU law on market access, international trade relations and
See: Medical devices – EU support for development and
The European health insurance card
Replaces paper forms needed for health treatment in another EU country.
See: European health insurance card