In April 2018, the European Commission published a communication on digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market. It proposes three priorities, which would help empower citizens and build a healthier society:

  • Citizens’ secure access to their health data, also across borders and across the EU;
  • Personalised medicine through shared European data infrastructure – allowing researchers and other professionals to pool resources across the EU; and
  • Citizen empowerment with digital tools for user feedback and person-centred care – using digital tools to empower people to look after their health, stimulate prevention and enable feedback and interaction between users and healthcare providers.

CoR Rapporteur López Miras (EPP/ES) welcomes the Commission’s intiative to promote cooperation between Member States in order to speed up the digital transformation of the health sector, with the aim of achieving borderless European healthcare as well as providing equal access to high-quality and more personalised services.

However, the Commission’s proposal lacks concrete measures to raise public awareness and to ensure that citizens fully understand the legislative framework protecting privacy and health data. The rapporteur also calls on the Commission to lay down mandatory common standards for all Member States in order to remove obstacles for interoperability in favour of more efficient digital systems.

Adoption timetable:
  • 1st First discussion in NAT on 1 October 2018
  • 1st discussion and adoption in NAT on 28 November 2018
  • Final adoption in Plenary session of 6-7 February 2018

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