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eHealth Stakeholder Group report highlights importance of health inequalities


The first reports of the eHealth Stakeholder Group, a European Commission advisory body led by DG CONNECT, were released in April. There are four major areas in which the EHSG made specific recommendations for action, including patient access to electronic health records (EHRs), wider deployment of telemedicine services, and increasing interoperability between eHealth solutions and healthcare systems. As an issue leader on ’Health Inequalities and eHealth’, EPHA led a subgroup (...)
24/04/2014

[Press Release] European Parliament takes leap towards patient safety


Brussels, 3 April 2014 – EPHA welcomes the majority of the measures adopted yesterday by the European Parliament as part of the revision of the EU Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVD) Directive. After a year and a half of proposals (1) and in-depth discussions, it is time to rebuild the trust of patients around Europe. “As the protection of patient safety is a paramount objective, the European Parliament has today taken a (...)
03/04/2014

The Digital Agenda in Europe - How far from the finishing line?


On 4 February 2014, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Head of Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, was invited at the European Policy Centre (EPC) to speak at a conference entitled “The Digital Agenda in Europe - How far from the finishing line?”. According to Oranje-Nassau, it is currently incorrect to talk about a “finishing line” since the information and communication technologies (ICTs), on which the Digital Agenda relies on, are still at (...)
05/02/2014

[Update] General Data Protection Regulation


The European Commission introduced its proposal for a revision of the data protection regulations of the EU two years ago, yet despite agreement on a compromise text by the European Parliament in October 2013, completion of a finalised General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now been delayed until after the May elections. An agreement reached on 22 January between EU Justice Commissioner, Vivian Reding, and representatives of the Greek and incoming Italian Presidency, has set the new (...)
24/01/2014

eHealth: Building trust = access for everybody + demonstrated value in reducing health inequalities


On 14 January, MEPs voted on a resolution in support of the eHealth Action Plan (eHAP) 2012-2020, with the aim of improving healthcare for the benefit of patients, giving them more control of their care and bringing down healthcare costs through ICT: innovative and user-friendly eHealth and mHealth tools. While the benefits of ICT have been widely reported, what about the link between eHealth and health inequalities? Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes (...)
23/01/2014

ENS4Care - Kick off meeting


On 3rd December 2013, different stakeholders of the healthcare system including nurses, social care workers, doctors, patients, citizens, researchers and industry met in Warsaw for the kick-off meeting of the ENS4Care project, with the ambition of developing together evidence based guidelines on eHealth services for nursing and social care. Although most of the stakeholders met yesterday for the first time, the dynamism, creativity and commitment to work together in designing guidelines (...)
01/12/2013

[Second Conference of Partners in Innovation Partnership] Ageing means growth


The second Conference of Partners entitled ’Scaling up for healthy growth’ presented the progress that the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP on AHA) has made over the last year in the EIP’s six action areas. It highlighted ageing-related innovation, both social and technological, as a crucial area for health investment. The conference was opened by European Commissioner for Health Policy, Tonio Borg who stressed the need for health system (...)
29/11/2013

[Joint press release] Leaked Commission research documents raise questions about whose interests are being prioritised


1 October, Brussels -Scientists, public health researchers and NGOs have reacted with grave concern in light of leaked copies of the European Commission’s proposed Health Research Programme 2014-2015 (part of Horizon2020) circulating in Brussels. They have raised questions regarding the preparation of this draft, given its failure to address the major personal, social, environmental and occupational risk factors of disease in favour of narrow research parameters focusing on (...)
07/10/2013

[EPHA Briefing] Mobile Health (mHealth)


Prior to the publication of the European Commission’s Green Paper on mobile Health (mHealth) later this year, EPHA is releasing a briefing paper that highlights some of the principal issues related to the debate. Mobile health – also known as mHealth – can be understood as the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research. It is a component of the larger discipline of eHealth, which in turn can be defined as the (...)
17/09/2013

EPHA Position on Medical Devices [Updated]


One year after the release of its original position paper, EPHA has revised the document following member discussions about the evolving developments at EU level. The updated EPHA Position on Medical Devices refers in particular to a number of points contained in the European Parliament reports produced by Rapporteurs Dagmar Roth-Behrendt (S&D, Germany) on medical devices and Peter Liese (S&D, Germany) on in vitro diagnostic medical devices and the subsequent debates over the most (...)
29/08/2013