The vision outlined in the Communication is
to promote health, prevent and control disease, help address patients' unmet
needs and make it easier for citizens to have equal access to high quality care
through the meaningful use of digital innovations.
It will also strengthen the resilience and
sustainability of Europe’s health and care systems. By helping to maximise the
potential of the digital internal market with a wider deployment of digital
products and services in health and care, the proposed actions also aim to
stimulate growth and promote the European industry in the domain.
The Commission intends to take further
action in three areas:
secure access to and sharing of health data across borders
data to advance research, disease prevention and personalised health and
tools for citizen empowerment and person-centred care
When it comes to
research and personalised care, the Commission will:
up a mechanism for the voluntary coordination of authorities and other
stakeholders to share data and infrastructure for prevention and
personalised medicine research. This includes a European network on
genomics, and seeking to link also with ongoing '-omics' and human cell
the development of technical specifications for secure access and cross-border
exchange of genomic and other health datasets within the internal market
for research purposes. This is to facilitate interoperability of relevant
registries and databases in support of personalised medicine research;
pilot actions, pooling data and resources across the EU, to demonstrate
the benefits of advancing research, disease prevention, personalised
medicine, health technology assessment, as well as clinical and regulatory
all the above by mobilising funds from Horizon 2020 and the Connecting
Europe Facility (Broadband and Information and Communication
Technologies), within the current envelopes, and consider further support
from the next multiannual financial framework.
Should you be
interested in reading more about this topic, the press release can be found here and the Q&As here.