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ehealth equity in the global health communities

eHealth & Equity in the Global Health Communities

Unit H1 – ICT for Health

DG INFSO. European Commission

Brussels, Thursday 15 December 2011

council of european union
Council of European Union
  • In 2006 the Council of the European Union agreed to a set of Common Values and Principles in EU Health Systems
    • The overarching values are:
      • Universality,
      • Access to good quality care,
      • Equity,
      • Solidarity
    • The operating principles are:
      • Quality,
      • Safety,
      • Care that is based on evidence and ethics,
      • Patient involvement,
      • Redress when things go wrong,
      • Privacy and Confidentiality
health inequity in eu
Health inequity in EU
  • Life expectancy gaps: Between EU Member States there is a 5-fold difference in deaths of babies under one year of age, a 14 year gap in life expectancy at birth for men and an 8 year gap for women
  • Large differences (up to 20 years) in the number of years lived in good health (Healthy Life Years)
  • Significant economic costs: Health inequalities related losses have a significant impact on productivity - estimated to cost around €141 billion annually
  • Increased poverty and social exclusion: Health, poverty and social exclusion are strongly interrelated
some facts challenges for european health systems
Some facts - Challenges for European Health Systems
  • Pressure on healthcare systems:
    • Citizens’ expectations for high-quality care
    • Demographic changes
    • Increased prevalence of chronic diseases
    • Increased mobility of citizens and patients
    • Staff shortages, unequal territorial distribution
    • Reactive model of healthcare delivery
    • Rising healthcare costs

How to offer high-quality & affordable care?


eHealth Strategic Framework

eHealth task force

Europe 2020: Digital Agenda

  • Directive EU 2011/24Patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare, eHealth Network:
  • Minimum health data
  • Use of medical information
  • Common identification and authentication
  • eGovernment:
  • eID
  • eSignature
  • eHealth action plan:
  • Legal issues
  • User acceptance
  • Interoperability

Included key actions 13 and 14 of the Digital Agenda

European Innovation

Partnership on Active

and Healthy Ageing

EU Standardisation framework

Data protection Directive

digital agenda for europe ehealth actions
Digital Agenda for Europe eHealth Actions
  • Action 75
    • Work with Member States to equip Europeans with secure online access to their medical health data by 2015
    • By 2020 widespread deployment of telemedicine services;
  • Action 76
    • Propose a recommendation to define a minimum common set of patient data to be accessed/exchanged across Member States by 2012;
  • Action 77
    • Foster EU wide standards, interoperability testing and certification of eHealth systems by 2015;
ehealth for health a look ahead
eHealth for health – a look ahead

eHealth Governance Initiative

  • A mechanism to link operational projects to political objectives
  • Facilitate cooperation between MS at three levels:
    • Political
    • Strategic
    • Operational (epSOS and similar future initiatives)
  • Make sure that initiatives like epSOS are noted and taken up by decision makers at national level
  • Participants: Member States Representatives + stakeholders
  • Link with eHealth Network Art 14 (?)
  • Timeline: 2011 for 3 years
eip active health ageing aim
EIP Active Health Ageing - AIM

To add 2 years to the average healthy lifespan in the EU by 2020 by

  • Developing innovative products and services for longer healthier lives
  • Helping social and healthcare systems to be sustainable,
  • Spur innovation and encourage competitive markets
eip aha main areas of work
EIP AHA – Main areas of work

Innovation in Prevention and Early Diagnosis

Innovation in

Care & Cure

Framework Conditions and Evidence

eip first set of actions 2012
EIP: First set of actions 2012
  • Innovative ways to ensure patients follow their prescriptions – a concerted action in at least 30 European regions;
  • Innovative solutions to prevent falls and support early diagnosis for older people;
  • Co-operation to help prevent functional decline and frailty, with a particular focus on malnutrition;
  • Spread and promote successful innovative integrated care models for chronic diseases amongst older patients, such as through remote monitoring. Action should be taken in a number of the EU’s regions;
  • Improve the uptake of interoperable ICT independent living solutions through global standards to help older people stay independent, mobile and active for longer.

  • Healthcare systems are under pressure, EC is committed to support stakeholders in meeting these challenges.
    • eHealth can help
    • Same challenges can be best answered by cooperation and sharing experiences –
    • Partnership between stakeholder local, regional, national and global level is key to achieve success
annual event ehealth week
Annual event: eHealth Week

Programme, Satellite meetings, Exhibition, Networking, Social events, etc:

History of the eHealth Ministerial conferences since 2003:

thank you
Thank you!

For further information:

  • INFSO ICT for Health Policy & Research:

  • eHealth Weeks (ministerial + WoHIT)
  • Interactive Portal/Examples: