The first EU eHealth Action Plan 2004-2011 covered electronic prescriptions and health cards to new information systems that reduce waiting times and errors, in order to facilitate a more harmonious and complementary European approach to eHealth.
The second eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 (see the prior public consultation) operates in the context of Article 14 of Directive 2011/24 on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. It focuses on the following:
- Supporting research, development and innovation;
- Promoting international cooperation;
- Achieving wider interoperability of ehealth services;
- Ensuring wider deployment & facilitating uptake.
The mid-term review of the Digital Single Market strategy will focus on health oriented actions, aiming to manage digital transformation of our society and economy.
Together with the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020, the Commission issued a Staff Working Document (SWD) on Telemedicine to help deal with the legal aspects related to data protection rules, privacy matters and reimbursement.
NB: Both the eHealth Action Plan and the SWD on Telemedicine are intended as guidelines, and are not binding on Member States.
The eHealth Network is a voluntary network of representatives from all national authorities in the EU. It draws up guidelines, for example on how to apply patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. In general, the network aims to enhance interoperability between electronic health systems and continuity of care and to ensure access to safe and quality healthcare.
- More info on the eHealth Action Plan (FAQ's, press releases, etc.).
- See the page ICT for Social Challenges
eHealth EU-funded research and innovation projects that are commercially viable.