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'.
This new work-stream aims at encouraging innovation in the eHealth/Health IT industry and ensuring linkages to the other two Roadmap work-streams. One of its key elements will be to strive to identify key EU and U.S. stakeholders and enlist their support for greater collaboration between companies and ecosystems located in each jurisdiction. The foreseen activities for this new work-stream are outlined in the annex to the roadmap and will start in Fall/Autumn 2016.
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.