The European Commission created two expert groups working on eHealth: the eHealth Stakeholder Group and a temporary eHealth Task Force.

eHealth Stakeholder Group

The eHealth Stakeholder Group is an informal Commission expert group contributing to the development and implementation of eHealth policy at the EU level.

Members of the group are European umbrella organisations and associations representing users (patients, professionals, providers, payers, etc), industry, research and standardisation organisations.

The mandate of the group is to:

  1. Give input on the design, implementation and evaluation of eHealth policy activities, in particular on the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy and the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020;
  2. Discuss and give input on the deliverables of the Joint Action supporting the eHealth Network;
  3. Advise the Commission on eHealth-related activities by preparing reports and  opinions and submitting relevant data.

Members and reports

The current 30 members of the group were selected by the European Commission after a public call for expression of interest and are appointed for a period of three years, from 2016 until 2018.

From 2012 until 2015, the first eHealth Stakeholder Group included 29 members. During its mandate, five valuable reports were produced on:

  • Patients' access to electronic health records;
  • Health inequalities;
  • Interoperability;
  • Telemedicine deployment;
  • Digital skills for health professionals.

The group's activity reports and further information are published in the Register of Commission Expert Groups.

eHealth Task Force

In 2011, a temporary eHealth Task Force, consisting of health care professionals, representatives of patients, delegates of the medical, pharmaceutical and ICT industries, legal experts and policy makers was established to advise the Commission on how to unlock the full potential of eHealth for safer, better and more efficient healthcare in Europe. The Task Force produced a report with recommendations on how to develop the full benefits of eHealth in 2020.