In December 2010, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the European Union’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to galvanize cooperation surrounding health-related information communications technology. The focus was on transatlantic cooperation on both eHealth and health IT.
Activities under are focused on three topic areas:
- Interoperability: focuses on Standards development to foster transnational interoperability of electronic health information and communication technology
- Workforce: focuses on the skills needed to develop and expand the health IT workforce in Europe and the US
- Innovation: focuses on encouraging innovation in the eHealth/health IT industry
Products and Reports
Transatlantic eHealth-Health IT Cooperation Roadmap
The roadmap sets out the vision, challenges, scope and description of each of the work-streams. Collectively the vision for the document centers on supporting an innovative, collaborative community of public- and private-sector entities. These entities include suppliers of eHealth solutions, working toward the shared objective of developing, deploying and using eHealth science and technology to empower individuals, support care, improve clinical outcomes, enhance patient safety and improve the health of populations.