Commission: digital transformation of health and care

Commission: digital transformation of health and care
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Vytenis Andriukaitis, commissioner for health and food safety, will open the 6th Conference of Partners (COP) of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing (EIP-AHA).

The main aim of the COP is to align the EIP-AHA with the actions of the Digital Single Market and the future Commission Communication on Digital Transformation of Health and Care.

The commissioner will outline the key aspects and priorities of the upcoming commission communication, and encourage the partners, saying: “The world is moving into the digital era – and we need to grasp this opportunity to modernise and reform our health systems so that they can overcome the challenges of the 21st Century. Everyone here today can play an instrumental role in the successful implementation of this communication, so I count on your commitment and support.”

He will also urge them to reflect on the future of the platform. The programme includes high-level discussions on:

  • Citizen’s secure access and sharing of health data across borders: a European electronic health record;
  • European health data infrastructure to advance research, disease prevention, and personalised medicine; and
  • Accelerating deployment of new digitally enabled care models.

E-Health in Europe

The European Commission is working to provide its citizens access to safe and top quality digital services in health and care.

Digital technologies such as 4G/5G mobile communication, artificial intelligence or supercomputing offer new opportunities to transform the way we receive and provide healthcare services. They enable new approaches to independent living or integrated health and social care.

Both health and advanced analytics can help accelerate scientific research, personalised medicine, early diagnosis of diseases and more effective treatments.

Why is digital transformation important?

Digital transformation of health and care has the potential to improve access to care, quality of care, and increase the efficiency of the health sector.

Digital health and care covers areas such as:

  • Information and data sharing between patients and health service providers, hospitals, health professionals and health information networks;
  • Electronic health records;
  • Telemedicine services;
  • Portable patient-monitoring devices;
  • Operating room scheduling software; and
  • Robotised surgery.

 

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