eHealth is defined to include systems and services improving access and
quality and cost-efficiency of healthcare, particularly to peripheral regions,
and handling the impacts of medical advances and demographic change.
The primary objectives focus on health and public health information networks, the use of electronic healthcare and insurance cards, extending the advances in telemedicine to the healthcare sector and the expansion of health and related preventative services to a Trans-European level.
The priorities are: to provide regional health authorities with the means to address technological and societal challenges such as patient identifiers and universal access to electronic health records; improving access to cross-border healthcare through the use of "smart" identification cards; cost-efficient healthcare (both medical and administrative) through telemedicine services with the support of regional or national authorities; clearinghouses for medical and financial information flows, access to quality emergency medical data; and support of health authorities in assessing health needs and planning capacity. These will build upon advanced developments from relevant sectors related to healthcare, e.g. medical devices, eHealth, telecommunications, specialised software providers, infrastructure operators, equipment and service providers, and users.
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