The objective of the consultation is to gather comments and inputs which will be used to finalise the update of the Roadmap and to validate it.
Views are sought from Member States' authorities, businesses, academia, organisations involved in eHealth, health professionals and any other interested stakeholders.
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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) on Cooperation surrounding eHealth/Health IT*. The MoU was signed to demonstrate our shared dedication to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in eHealth and Health Information Technologies.
In the spring of 2013, DG CONNECT and HHS published a first Roadmap of specific MoU actions. Since then, this Roadmap has guided our activities focusing on two priority areas (work streams):
End of 2015, it was agreed between DG CONNECT and the US HHS to add a third priority area: 'Transatlantic eHealth/Health IT Innovation Ecosystems'. This work stream aims to encourage innovation in the eHealth/Health IT industry and ensure linkages to the other two Roadmap work streams. This has been described in the draft roadmap that is now the subject of this consultation.
The collaboration with the US on eHealth is part of the actions described in the EU eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020. This document, published (after a public consultation) in 2012 and followed up by the European Commission ever since, addresses barriers to make the most of digital solutions in Europe's healthcare systems.
* eHealth (also called Health Information Technologies or Health IT) is a term used today to describe the application of information and communications technologies in the health sector. It encompasses a whole range of purposes, from purely administrative to healthcare delivery, involving healthcare practitioners, healthcare support and administrative staff working in healthcare systems.