eHealth is a rapidly developing and innovative area both in the United States and in Europe. The European Union and the United States joined forces to enhance health-related information and communication technology, called eHealth in Europe and health IT in the US respectively.

The representatives of the EU and US signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the promotion of individual and social health while fostering innovation, economic growth and cost-saving efficiency on eHealth in 2010.

In July 2016, DG CONNECT and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), updated the accompanying roadmap based on the responses from the public consultation in 2015.


The original 2013 cooperation roadmap focusses on two work-streams:

  • Advancing eHealth Interoperability – An active collaboration will accelerate progress towards widespread deployment and daily use of internationally recognized standards that support electronic health information and communication technology;
  • eHealth Workforce Development – A common intent will identify effective approaches to provide sufficient numbers of highly proficient eHealth/health IT professionals. This will ensure that healthcare, public health, and allied professional workforces possess the eSkills needed to make optimal use of the available eHealth/health IT . Equally, competency and knowledge deficiencies among all staff in healthcare delivery, management, administration and support will be addressed to ensure universal application of ICT solutions in health services.

The updated 2016 roadmap adds a third work-stream entitled 'Transatlantic eHealth/Health IT Innovation Ecosystems'. It ensures linkages to the other two roadmap work-streams and encourages innovation in the eHealth/Health IT industry.

Read more information on the EU-US collaboration on eHealth IT.


To implement the interoperability part of the EU-US roadmap, the European Union funded the Trillium Bridge project (2013-2015). The project worked on an interoperability standard to bridge patient summaries and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) between the EU and US.

The CAMEI project (2013-2015) has brought the EU-US Roadmap for eHealth into practice by addressing IT skills for healthcare workers in both the EU and the US. CAMEI coordinated research activities and policies towards the development of renewed educational material and programs, boosted new trends for acquiring new knowledge by the healthcare workforce, fostered trans-national access to research infrastructures from both EU and US partners and established a network of best practices in Medical Education Informatics.