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  1. eHealth 2006 conference, Tromso, Norway, May 23-242005 Europe for eHealth: the way ahead Peter Zangl, Deputy Director-GeneralDG Information Society and Media European Commission peter.zangl@cec.eu.int

  2. Less known fact:eHealth is a tool for these challenges • • The tool for information management • Improves access and quality of care • • Proven to be cost-effective eHealth ICT applications and services in health sector Well known fact:Health sector is facing great challenges• Resource & Information management • Ageing population, rising costs

  3. eHealth- proven benefits • eHealth applications are here now, they have already proven benefits – quality, access, productivity including cost benefits • DG Information Society and Media at the forefront in supporting R&D, industrial innovation, promotion of developed and proven eHealth solutions • Many success stories presented at eHealth Ministerial Conferences and Exhibitions (2003, 2004 & 2005) and related publications; best practice studies

  4. ’89-’91 ’91-’94 ’94-’98 ’98-’02 Support to deployment eEurope and i2010 initiatives Ministerial eHealth Conferences eHealth COMMUNICATION Coordination & Support to Regional - National Plans, International cooperation Technology assessment & transfer 20 Years of eHealth R&D & Policy NEXT10 years (2003-2014) PAST10 years (1991-2002) Computer Applications for Doctors Telemedicine systems and services Regional Health Info Networks Home-care systems Personal Health Systems Budget20M € Budget100M € Budget140M € Budget200M € Projects30 Projects63 Projects158 Projects125 ResultsFeasibility Study ResultsAIM Community Results1st batch of Products ResultsEU Health Telematics Industry http://europa.eu.int/information_society/doc/qualif/health/COM_2004_0356_F_EN_ACTE.pdf

  5. Communication: COM(2004) 356 final ‘e-Health – making healthcare better for European citizens: An action plan for a European e-Health Area’ e-Health action plan: main areas of activity Addressing common challenges – selected examples: • Best practices collection (EC, 2005) • National/regional roadmaps (MS, 2005) • Common approaches for patient identifier (EC+MS, 2006) • Interoperability standards for EHR and messaging (EC+MS,2006) • Boosting investments in eHealth (MS, 2007) • Deployment of health information networks (MS, 2004-2008) • Including broadband, wireless, grids • Legal framework, certification of qualifications (EC+MS,2009) Everybody’s contribution counts – contact your representatives of this Action Plan monitoring in your country’s Ministry of Health or Ministry of Industry/Development

  6. Examples of current research activities and achievements Personal health support systems for monitoring Assisting in • Prevention and inclusion • Autonomy and Mobility • Patient education • Lifestyle management Greater participation and empowerment of patients

  7. ICT for Health Examples of future research activities Personalisation of information, health services, treatments e.g. bringing advances in genomics to health leading to personalisation of treatments, information, health services • Support to new technologies • Molecular and functional imaging • Improving the understanding of all factors determining human health • Associating genotype an phenotype • Modelling and simulation, • Biological processes, diseases • eCell, eOrgan Virtual “physiological” Human

  8. Towards wider deployment in eHealth • Healthcare Expenditures > € 3,000 bln worldwide, USA makes up 45% • Medical equipment, services, devices and supplies € 260 bln worldwide • ICT for health currently 2-3% potential to reach 5% by 2010