After 24 fruitful months of vigorous activity, the EPP-eHealth project ('European Procurers Platform - eHealth - Transforming the market for eHealth Solutions') has ended in December 2016. The EPP-eHealth partners created:
On top of this, the project defined the following, all available for downloading:
The Joint Statement of Unmet Needs presents the eHealth unmet needs identified by the four healthcare institutions involved in the EPP-eHealth project. It defines the context of the unmet need, outlines the overarching priority area and presents the specific needs identified by each institution. The six priorities that have been highlighted by healthcare institutions that are participating in the EPP-eHealth project are:
The document also invites other ambitions healthcare institutions across Europe that are interested in the same eHealth unmet needs to join to the EPP-eHealth Statement and to lend their support to the broad communication of the Joint Statements.
Why? "Healthcare institutions operating in a cooperative manner have the collective power to create a lead market for new solutions through their procurement functions and these can subsequently be adopted by others in the wider healthcare arena", says coordinator Laura Sánchez Alonso (BravoSolution España S.A.). "By joining, stakeholders will be added to the project network to pool the demand for innovative eHealth solutions."
The PPI Strategy for eHealth identifies the demand-side measures that are needed to enable the healthcare sector to accelerate the development and adoption of 'market-ready' eHealth solutions. It addresses short- to long-term needs in the healthcare sector, summarizing the lessons learnt by the project.
In addition it offers resource materials (guidelines, templates, regulatory reference framework, factsheets, case examples and reference action groups of stakeholders), useful to overcome the challenges identified by the project.
This report raises awareness about the global knowledge that has been produced through initiatives and projects funded by the EU within the healthcare domain. In addition, this paper presents a review of the EU financial instruments for investing in eHealth as well as the available EU business supporting initiatives.
The project experts want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has contributed to the project and attended our workshops.