eHealth Irish Presidency Declaration

eHealth Irish Presidency Declaration
EU Health Ministers, meeting in Dublin at the Ministerial eHealth High Level Conference organised jointly by the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, today agreed a Declaration on eHealth presented by the Irish Presidency. The Declaration is aimed at prioritising the use of ICT in health among Member States to contribute to better, safer, sustainable and innovative healthcare systems for all European citizens.

Announcing the agreement of the Declaration, Irish Minister for Health James Reilly, T.D. said "I am pleased that my fellow Health Ministers from across the European Union recognise the benefits that ICT can bring to the health sector. On behalf of the Irish Presidency I welcome the 'eHealth Action Plan 2012 - 2020 - Innovative healthcare for 21st century'. The development of what we call eHealth ecosystems will not only result in better health outcomes for citizens of all member states, but will also bring economic benefits through the development of new technologies and increased employment opportunities. The agreement of this Declaration demonstrates our collective commitment to making eHealth ecosystems a reality as we continue a process of reform of our health systems across Europe."

The objectives of an eHealth ecosystem are to promote private and public sector innovation on a cooperative basis; ensure a vibrant economy for the deployment of eHealth applications; and support national, regional health and social care strategies. Minister Reilly continued "as Health Ministers we recognise that there are significant challenges to effectively developing eHealth ecosystems. But we believe that these challenges can be overcome through working collaboratively with the key stakeholders in the health family. Stakeholders such as patients and carers, research organisations, health and social care providers, industry leaders, and regulatory authorities are central to ensuring success in this area. Part of our commitment today is to engage fully with all these stakeholders."

As part of the Declaration Minsters agreed to the following actions:

  • Strengthening coordination of all policies related to eHealth.
  • Promoting an ecosystem dialogue aimed at mutual learning and sharing of good experiences between industry, academia, patients, citizens and the health service.
  • Accelerating the implementation of existing and proven devices and processes to create an innovative market and to ensure that citizens receive optimum outcomes in a shorter timeframe, by delivering on existing priorities.

To support these actions Minister Reilly, on behalf of the Irish Presidency, called on Member States to enhance their cooperation on eHealth and called on the European Commission to support Member States in their efforts to deploy eHealth solutions through ecosystems, utilising the appropriate tools and instruments available.

Download: eHealth Irish Presidency Declaration (.pdf, 139 KB).

Download from eHealthNews.eu Portal's mirror: eHealth Irish Presidency Declaration (.pdf, 139 KB).

Most Popular Now

Two Leading CIOs Join the Highland Marke…

Two of the NHS' most dynamic chief information officers have joined Highland Marketing’s advisory board of NHS IT professionals and health tech industry experts. Ian Hogan, a CIO at the Northern...

Using Technology to Support Primary Care

Opinion Article by Paul Bensley, Managing Director of Primary Care Cloud Telephony Specialist X-on. It is good to see the publication of this strategy [A plan for digital health and social...

Building the Right Foundations to Delive…

Opinion Article by Gary Birks, Gary Birks, General Manager, UK and Ireland, Orion Health. The latest strategy for health and care IT looks to build on what has been achieved over...

Teaching AI to Ask Clinical Questions

Physicians often query a patient's electronic health record for information that helps them make treatment decisions, but the cumbersome nature of these records hampers the process. Research has shown that...

Virtual Reality App Trial Shown to Reduc…

Results from a University of Otago, Christchurch trial suggest fresh hope for the estimated one-in-twelve people worldwide suffering from a fear of flying, needles, heights, spiders and dogs. The trial, led...

MIT Engineers Develop Stickers that can …

Ultrasound imaging is a safe and noninvasive window into the body’s workings, providing clinicians with live images of a patient’s internal organs. To capture these images, trained technicians manipulate ultrasound...

AI Analyses Neuron Changes to Detect whe…

A research group from Nagoya University in Japan has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) for analyzing cell images that uses machine learning to predict the therapeutic effect of drugs. Called...

Patient Deterioration Predictor could Su…

An artificial intelligence-driven device that works to detect and predict hemodynamic instability may provide a more accurate picture of patient deterioration than traditional vital sign measurements, a Michigan Medicine study...

Interoperability with Open Standards: Le…

Opinion Article by Vivek Krishnan, CTO, Alcidion Group. The future of healthcare systems lies in open standards that free data from traditional, stand-alone silos and make it available to the many...

Advancing Dynamic Brain Imaging with AI

MRI, electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography have long served as the tools to study brain activity, but new research from Carnegie Mellon University introduces a novel, AI-based dynamic brain imaging technology...

Open Call HORIZON-EIC-2022-PATHFINDERCHA…

Current technologies for digital data storage are hitting sustainability limits in terms of energy consumption and their use of rare and toxic materials. Moreover, data integrity when using those technologies...

NHS Trust Dramatically Reduces Acute Kid…

A condition linked to thousands of UK deaths has been significantly reduced by healthcare professionals at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, with the help of a new care...