Boosting eHealth: New EU Action Plan

Boosting eHealth: New EU Action Plan
Managing your health and wellbeing with the help of digital and online tools is set to become easier and more commonplace following the adoption of a second EU Action Plan for eHealth. This Action Plan - which runs from 2012 to 2020 - aims to make healthcare more efficient, cost-effective and patient oriented. In 2014, the Commission will also present ideas to boost Mobile Health, e.g. real-time monitoring of patients' vital signs via mobile telemedicine.


Plan targets five key areas:

  • Awareness and skills, to make better use of eHealth;
  • Proactive patient management of personal health;
  • Improved interoperability of different healthcare systems;
  • A clearer legal framework;
  • Support for eHealth start-up businesses, including free legal advice and funding.

Studies show that eHealth can have significant economic advantages: in Italy alone the introduction of digital technologies in the health sector is estimated to save over €12 billion. It also has the potential to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary medical appointments and hospital stays.

"eHealth brings healthcare closer to people," said Commissioner Tonio Borg, who presented the proposals alongside Neelie Kroes, Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda. "The Action Plan will help turn the eHealth potential into better care for our citizens."

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