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Public Stakeholder consultation on EU-US cooperation in eHealth/Health IT

The European Commission's DG CONNECT and United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly updated a Roadmap that guides European and US cooperation on eHealth (Health Information Technologies). The feedback period on the draft Roadmap [PDF - 230KB] and Annex [PDF - 251KB] has ended. Thank you to those who provided their input. For more information on the updated Roadmap or the EU-US Cooperation, please contact Mera Choi and Frank Cunningham at the below email addresses.

A similar announcement can also be found at the following European Union link: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/public-stakeholder-consultation-next-phase-eu-us-cooperation-ehealthhealth-it

Background
In December 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the European Commission's DG CONNECT, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) [PDF - 136K]  on Cooperation surrounding eHealth/Health IT.* The MoU was signed to demonstrate our shared dedication to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in eHealth and Health Information Technologies.

In the spring of 2013, DG CONNECT and HHS published a first Roadmap of specific MoU actions. Since then, this Roadmap [PDF - 230K] has guided our activities focusing on two priority areas (work-streams):

  1. Standards development to advance the development and use of internationally recognized standards supporting transnational interoperability of electronic health information and communication technology, and
  2. Workforce development to develop and expand the skilled Health IT workforce in Europe and the US.

End of 2015, it has been agreed between DG CONNECT and the US HHS to add a third priority area: 'Transatlantic eHealth/Health IT Innovation Ecosystems'. This work stream aims to encourage innovation in the eHealth/Health IT industry and ensure linkages to the other two Roadmap work-streams.

The collaboration with the US on eHealth is part of one of the actions of the EU eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 (eHAP). This document, published and followed up by the European Commission, addresses barriers to the full use of digital solutions in Europe's healthcare systems.

EU-US EHEALTH/ HEALTH IT MOU UPDATED ROADMAP Webinar

 Webinar Slides [PDF - 849kb]

Contacts:
Mera Choi, HHS ONC (US) – Mera.Choi@hhs.gov
Frank Cunningham, DGCONNECT (EU) - Frank.Cunningham@ec.europa.eu

General

* eHealth (also called Health Information Technologies or Health IT) is a term used today to describe the application of information and communications technologies in the health sector. It encompasses a whole range of purposes, from purely administrative to healthcare delivery, involving healthcare practitioners, healthcare support and administrative staff working in healthcare systems.