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THE FUTURE IS CROSS BORDER

THE FUTURE IS CROSS BORDER

Committee on Committee for Interconnected Care proposes the following innovative solutions:

Executive Summary

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has showcased the need for better connected healthcare systems and a more coordinated approach in crossborder health policies in the European Union (EU). Ever-increasing mobility requires greater legal certainty on citizens’ rights when it comes to access to healthcare abroad, as well as suitable and efficient infrastructures to enable such rights to be respected and upheld. Notwithstanding the landmark adoption of Directive 2011/24/EU on Patients’ Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare, persisting shortcomings in deploying EU-wide eHealth infrastructures and the limited impact of such legislation on citizens’ life point at the distance between the statements of principle and their full implementation on the ground.

In this context, the Committee for Interconnected Care would like to draw EU policymakers’ attention towards the issue of insufficient interoperability, portability and accessibility of personal health records across borders. Our recommendations are focused on three pillars:

  1. Citizens’ education and empowerment
  2. Healthcare professionals’ trust and literacy in digital technologies
  3. Health data sharing infrastructure

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