Digital single market - consultation on Health and Care
The European Commission launches a public consultation on how Europe should promote digital innovation in health and care.
The recent Digital Single Market Mid-term Review tackles these issues. It proposes that the Commission addresses the need and scope for measures on digital health and care, in line with legislation on the protection of personal data, patient rights and electronic identification.
The purpose of the consultation is to define the need and scope of policy measures that will promote digital innovation in improving people’s health, and address systemic challenges to healthcare systems. This must be aligned with legislation on the protection of personal data, patient rights and electronic identification.
The consultation seeks to collect information on:
- Cross-border access and portability of personal health data
- Sharing of resources (scientific research expertise, data capacity and advanced digital infrastructure) that will accelerate research and advance prevention, treatment and personalised medicine; initially in three areas: rare and complex diseases in order to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the laboratory to the clinical setting; preparedness for upcoming epidemics and EU-wide identification of infectious threats within days; the use of real world data for the purpose of pharmacovigilance and assessment of effectiveness of products placed on the market;
- Measures to ensure widespread uptake of digital innovations, enabling more patient centered and integrated healthcare, and allowing for feedback and interaction between patients and healthcare providers.
The consultation is open until 12 October 017.