Putting patients in the driving seat: A digital future for healthcare – European Commission – 7 December 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

Putting patients in the driving seat: A digital future for healthcare – European Commission – 7 December 2012

Extract:

“The European Commission has unveiled an Action Plan to address barriers to the full use of digital solutions in Europe’s healthcare systems. The goal is to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients, give patients more control of their care and bring down costs. While patients and health professionals are enthusiastically using telehealth solutions and millions of Europeans have downloaded smartphone apps to keep track of their health and wellbeing, digital healthcare has yet to reap its great potential to improve healthcare and generate efficiency savings.

The Action Plan (full list of actions in MEMO/12/959) attempts to increase the pace of change and improvement in healthcare by:

•clarifying areas of legal uncertainty;

•improving interoperability between systems;

•increasing awareness and skills among patients and healthcare professionals;

•putting patients at the centre with initiatives related to personal health management and supporting research into personalised medicine;

•ensuring free legal advice for start-up eHealth businesses.

The Commission also commits to issue a mHealth (Mobile Health) Green Paper by 2014 addressing quality and transparency issues.”

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