Held every year, the European eHealth Week is probably the most important European event on digital healthcare. This year, the eHealth week took place under the Dutch EU Presidency, in Amsterdam from 8-10 June and for the first time, the European Health Parliament under the representation of the Digital Skills for the Health Professionals Committee made a contribution.
Powerful IT application for both patients and doctors was at the heart of the plenary sessions of this year’s conference that counted with the presence of around 900 participants from 43 countries, including the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukatis, and the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers.
Mr Andriukatisannounced that cross-border communication of ePrescriptions and Electronic Patient Summaries will go live in 2018 and that 20 Member States have already committed to join the initiative. The European Commission also presented the final version of its voluntary Code of Conduct for Privacy of mHealth apps, among other initiatives. It made clear that development will not stop here, as it is currently defining the foundation for a validity and reliability assessment of mHealth apps. Once again, academia made an important call for medical institutions to be courageous and embrace the implementation of digital health solutions.
At the eHealth Speakers Corner, João Filipe, member of the Digital Skills committee, took the stage to present the results of the committee survey on digital training for health professionals and to discuss the committee’s final recommendations under the scrutiny of the political and scientific community. There was overall agreement amongst the audience on the need to engage health professionals in eHealth/mHealth development and evaluation, as well as the understanding that the provision of eSkills training is a critical success factor for the uptake and upscale of those digital health solutions for the benefit of the patient.
Europe shares the vision that the future is digital.
The eHealth week 2016 was jointly organized by the European Commission, the Netherlands EU Presidency, the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and HIMSS Europe.
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