Digital health is defined as "electronic information and interactions connecting people and communities to health services".
Digital health is healthcare practices supported by electronic processes and communication. It includes a wide range of services and information technology such as electronic medical records, telemedicine, evidence-based medicine, consumer health informatics, etc.
Healthcare systems are becoming increasingly dependent on Information and Communication technologies to deliver quality care to EU citizens. As a consequence, digital health has been set up as one of the priorities of the EU’s i2010 programme and is also a strategic priority for EPF, as set out in EPF Strategic Plan, EPF Annual Work Plan 2007 and 2008.
EPF is a member of the e-Health Users’ Stakeholders Group, which provides advice to the European Commission (DG INFSO) on the progress on the European eHealth Action plan.
In December 2016, following a consultation of the EPF Policy Advisory Group EPF published a position paper on Digital Health, which draws on the findings of various eHealth-related projects in which EPF has participated in over the last few years.