Read here the summary of the responses to a public consultation on eHealth/Health IT launched by the European Commission and the US Department of Health & Human Services.

Background and objectives of the consultation:

In December 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the European Commission's DG CONNECT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for transatlantic Cooperation on eHealth/Health IT.

In the spring of 2013, DG CONNECT and HHS published a first Roadmap of MoU actions, focusing on two priority areas (work-streams):

  • Standards development to foster transnational interoperability of electronic health information and communication technology,
  • Workforce skills to develop and expand the Health IT workforce in Europe and the US.

At the end of 2015, DG CONNECT and the US HHS agreed to add a third priority area, ensuring linkages to the other two Roadmap work streams: 'Transatlantic eHealth/Health IT Innovation Ecosystems'.

The draft revised roadmap was the subject of a Roadmap to the EU-US Memorandum of Understanding on eHealth consultation carried out from 22 December 2015 to 15 March 2016. The results from that consultation and the final version of the revised roadmap, as well as its annex indicating specific deliverables and milestones, is now available online.

Who replied to the public consultation?

The consultation held in the EU gathered 71 replies from stakeholders. The participation per country is represented below:

The consultation covered three topics relevant to the Roadmap:

  1. The International Interoperability Work-stream;
  2. The eHealth/Health IT Workforce Development Work-stream;
  3. The Transatlantic eHealth/Health IT Innovation Ecosystems Work-stream.

Next steps

The consultation results have shown that the foreseen roadmap activities have been widely supported by the stakeholders. European Commission and the United States Department of Health and Human Services will now implement these actions. In particular: 

  • As part of the Interoperability work-stream, the EU and the US will collaborate for the development of an International Patient summary taking into account the various governance challenges;
  • As part of the IT Workforce Skills work-stream, the EU and the US will continue to engage with EU and US eHealth/Health IT professionals and organizations to address eHealth/Health IT workforce needs and concerns;
  • As part of the new Innovation Ecosystem work-stream, the EU and the US will collaborate and work together to encourage innovation in the eHealth/Health IT industry and ensure linkages to the other Roadmap work-streams. Wherever possible, identified states, regions and/or cities suggested by the respondents will be taken into account.

The Annex to the Roadmap outlines the main activities to be undertaken in the next 18 months.

Contributions

Consult results in EU Survey