Towards the end of his term as the first Public Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner, David Byrne has set out his vision on the future of health in Europe and invited stakeholder comments. In this speech launching the reflection process on 15 July, Byrne argued that good health should be regarded as an economic priority. In line with the objectives of the eHealth action plan, Byrne underlined the importance of information and communication technologies for the health sector: “We also need to see the successful outcome of our e-Health Action Plan – information and communication technologies at the service of health.
With electronic prescriptions and computerised health records boosting healthcare efficiency.
With people carrying a health card in their pockets with their medical CV, so any doctor can treat them, with full and immediate access to their medical history.
We need a Europe inter-linked, connected and united for health with e-Health facilities linking research centres throughout the Union, securing exchange of data and enabling distant operations.
A Europe where people have easy access to clear and reliable information on how to be in good health and about diseases and treatment options.”