Brochures :: Policy Link : Information Society and Health
Policy Link : Information Society and Health
1 October 2006
A short (15 page) brochure on how Information and Communication Technologies can drive innovation in the field of health and contribute to a European policy for a healthier society. Available in English.
"I welcome this brochure as an illustration of how innovation in ICT is contributing to European
policy for a healthier society." Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media
Health is moving centre-stage in European policy.As well as contributing to citizens’ quality
of life, health is an important part of the solution to a number of key challenges facing
Europe such as population ageing, security threats or labour shortages. Improving health will
help meet the overall Community goals in these areas. As such, health has a role to play in
achieving Europe’s full potential for prosperity, solidarity and security.
These objectives are reflected in the proposed Programme of Community Action in the Field
of Health (2007-2013), which constitutes the health component of the renewed Lisbon strategy
for growth and jobs. This new health policy seeks to align future health action with wider
Community policies and programmes. Information and communication technologies (ICT) is
one such policy, where research and innovation are paving the way towards completely new
approaches to healthcare provision.
The increasing impact of ICT in health is recognised in the i2010 initiative, a European
Information Society for Growth and Employment. It proposes a series of practical and applied
actions for eHealth under the i2010 strand on inclusion and improving quality of life.Actions are
designed to speed the take-up of eHealth solutions, remove obstacles to deployment, and
support the growth and competitiveness of the eHealth industry.