Action 76: Propose a recommendation to define a minimum common set of patient data

What is the problem? Lack of interoperability undermine patients' safety

Interoperability contributes to enhance patient safety, to enable safer and more efficient mobility, to reduce fragmentation of the eHealth market. The large scale pilot epSOS ( aims at developing, testing, and validating the interoperability of patient summaries (and ePrescription solutions).

Why is EU Action needed? Cooperation at European level will achieve multiple benefits

On the basis of the results of epSOS, the Commission will identify, together with Member States and stakeholders, a minimum common set of patient data to be accessed or exchanged electronically. This will unlock multiple benefits such as timely access to relevant and vital patient data; higher quality and safety of care, as life-saving information will be easily accessed; opportunities for market development.

DAE action 76 will contribute to the delivery of the European Innovation Partnership in the field of active and healthy ageing, proposed under the Innovation Union flagship.

What has the Commission done so far?

In 2012:

  • Funded pilot projects to equip Europeans with secure online access to their medical health data
  • Followed the legislative processes on proposals for a Regulation on the protection of personal data and a Regulation on mutual recognition on eID and eSignature
  • Adopted a New eHealth Action plan 2012-2020.

What will the Commission do next?

In 2013:

  • The eHealth Network will endorse non-exhaustive data set for patients summary that can be shared across borders.
  • Launch a call for tender for a legal study on the legal framework of Electronic Health Records in Member States.