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EU-Canada collaboration on eHealth

(10/06/2003) The EU - Canada collaboration on eHealth (Health Telematics) began in 1994 with the visit to Canada of an EU expert group. This has led to increased co-operation over the years, especially during the 4th Framework programme. With this background the External Relations DG and Information Society DG promoted a partnership with Canada in eHealth, in 1999. The aim was to bring the major players in Canada and EU together in specific meetings and to support working groups on subjects of common interest.

EU-Canada collaboration on eHealthOverview of the EU-Canada collaboration on eHealth and the Final meeting. June 10-11, 2003, Brussels, Charlemagne bldg S2 The EU – Canada collaboration on eHealth (Health Telematics) was begun in 1994 with the visit to Canada of an EU expert group. This has led to increased co-operation over the years, especially during the 4th Framework programme. With this background the External Relations DG and Information Society DG promoted a partnership with Canada in eHealth, in 1999. The aim was to bring the major players in Canada and EU together in specific meetings and to support working groups on subjects of common interest. The project was launched at the beginning of 2001 (see www.fp.ucalgary.ca/eucan)and involves the External Relations DG and the University of Calgary with support from Health Canada, Industry Canada, CANARIE and Canadian Society of Telehealth. The eHealth unit of the Information Society DG is heavily involved in a management role. The contract will be finished by the end of June 2003 and the final meeting in this collaboration will take place in Brussels on June 10-11, 2003. The three main pillars of the collaboration have been: EU-Canada workshops regarding: Expert meeting on eHealth within Northern Dimension (Luleå, June 14-15, 2001) Workplace Learning Workshop (Toronto, October 20-21, 2001) EU-Canada eHealth Initiative Workshop (Brussels, July 10-11, 2002) Investment ICT/eHealth indicators (Calgary, November 21-22, 2002) Market opportunities & Industry partners (Ottawa, March 6-7, 2003) Tele-homecare (Ottawa, March 8, 2003) Establishing of EU-Canada working-groups regarding: Tele-homecare (Italy, Canada) Self-care (Finland, Canada) Privacy protection in e-Pharma (Belgium, Canada) Continuing medical education (Germany, Canada). A close collaboration with the eHealth domain of Northern Dimension has been achieved by establishing two working-groups regarding: Rehabilitation in Remote Regions (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada) Diabetes management in Northern Native Communities (Finland, Canada). The EU-Canada website has provided information, point of contact and event reports: www.fp.ucalgary.ca/eucan Achievements: This collaboration has resulted in six workshops and the establishment of six working-groups. Here, key persons from research, industry, users and authorities took part, leading to a first platform for EU-Canada collaboration in eHealth. Although the contract was made between the External Relations DG of the Commission and University of Calgary, the liaison role played by DG Information Society has provided strategic contacts in Canada for further collaboration. As a result of the project, mutually beneficial partnerships have been established in areas of common interest, contributing to knowledge and technology transfer as well as an improved understanding of eHealth market on both sides. Furthering the collaboration will be the subject of the June 11th meeting.