The 2018 "Health at a Glance Europe" joint report of the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was published this month. It contains key findings on how innovative digital solutions could transform health and care systems.

The most recent Health at a Glance: Europe report (published in November 2018. The report captures the evolution of EU health systems in terms of their effectiveness, accessibility and resilience, using the latest available data. 

Among the key findings, the report highlights how digital technology offers great opportunities to deliver health and care services more efficiently.

Population ageing requires a profound transformations in health systems and a shift of focus from acute care in hospitals to more integrated and people-centred care in the community. In this regard, the study confirms that health systems need to respond more efficiently to changing health care needs driven by demographic changes and exploit more fully the potential of new digital technologies to strengthen prevention and care. New digital technologies offer great opportunities to promote healthy ageing and achieve more efficient and people-centred care.

The data available also shows that the use of Electronic Health Records and ePrescribing is growing across EU countries.

More information

State of Health in the EU, together with the Health at a Glance: Europe 2018 report