Earlier this month, the MedTech sector released a call to action towards digital health interoperability, endorsing the European Commission‘s Electronic Health Record Exchange Format released on 6 February 2019.

The sector also asked for more public investment in digital health infrastructures including electronic health record systems and requested the EU to tie cohesion and other funds for digital health to adherence to these standards.

The call for action specifically references specifications and profiles released by DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine), HL7 (Health Level 7), and IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise).  It invites adjacent industries to embrace an interoperable data ecosystem and open, international standards, and make data (sometimes called “real world data” or RWD) available to the healthcare sector.

“The interoperability of Electronic Health Records in the EU will make it easier for citizens to access their health data securely across borders” said Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, “and medical professionals will be able to assist citizens more efficiently and effectively. The development of these systems will require support from all stakeholders.”

The paper titled “MedTech Europe’s call to action for an interoperable data ecosystem for digital health” can be downloaded from the MedTech Europe website.