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Digital health

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.