On April 26th, the European Commission hosted the 5th eHealth Stakeholder Group (eHSG) meeting in Brussels. Our executive director, Prof Lies Geris, attended the event as official representative of the VPH Institute in the group.
Despina Spanou, Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity of the European Commission, introduced the morning session. This session started by Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho (DG CONNECT, Head of Unit eHealth, Well-being and Ageing) and Tapani Piha (DG SANTE, Head of Unit Cross-Border Healthcare) giving a short overview of the latest communications from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions on enabling digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market. This communication was followed by a short recap from the conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing and the Joint Declaration on Access to 1 million sequenced genomes in the EU by 2022.
Subsequently, DG CONNECT shared updates on the Silver Economy Study, mHealth policy actions and a report on Key results achieved from EU funded research and innovation on ICT for Active and Healthy ageing. DG SANTE discussed the eHealth Network meeting, the 3rd Joint Agenda on eHealth, JAseHN deliverables, eHealth for Regions Network and the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure.
Finally, reports from the different working groups active within the eHSG were presented: Citizens & Data, Care continuum, Interoperability & Standards (VPHi is member of this working group), New & shifting balances and Reimbursement. As the end of the eHSG mandate is approaching, all working groups are converging towards reports as part of their deliverables. These reports will be published after due process.