On 20 July, the European Commission launched a public consultation on Health and Care in the Digital Single Market.
The idea behind this public consultation is to see how Europe should promote digital innovation in health and care, for the benefit of citizens and health systems in Europe. The input will feed into a new policy Communication to be adopted by the end of 2017, as announced in the recent review of the Commission's Digital Single Market strategy.
The consultation will
collect information on three main pillars:
1. Citizens' secure access to their health data and the possibility to share it across borders, clarifying citizens' rights and enhancing interoperability of electronic health records in Europe;
2. Connecting and sharing data and expertise to advance research, personalise health and care, and better anticipate epidemics;
3. Using digital services to promote citizen empowerment and integrated person-centred care.
As computer modeling and simulation has a tremendous potential for healthcare, this public consultation could be yet another way of showing its advantages and also of signalling that the current EU policy framework doesn’t fit the purpose.