In 2018, the European Commission published a Communication on the Digital transformation of healthcare.
eHealth, telemedicine and other digital technologies such as 4G/5G mobile communications, artificial intelligence and supercomputing offer new opportunities to transform healthcare systems.
They allow the capture, management and processing of large volumes of diverse data generated from multiple sources to create new knowledge. They enable new approaches to personalised medicine, accelerating scientific progress, early diagnosis and prevention of diseases and more effective treatments.
Furthermore, digital tools can assist in addressing shortages in health and care staff in rural areas and certain specialties.
They can also connect the various actors across the health and social care sectors, thus ensuring effective sharing of data and collaboration, in more effective care models.
In addition, digital technologies can enable citizens to access information about health risk factors and well-being measures, and help them engage in healthy lifestyle behaviour and disease prevention.
Finally, the analysis of digital health data and patient-reported data can lead to improved procedures, reduce inefficiencies, support outcome-oriented healthcare, promote the evidence-based assessment of innovative health technologies, as well as improve emergency preparedness and response to epidemics.
If national health systems are interconnected and use networks to exchange data, the benefits for patients are immense, as seen before.
In addition, the interconnection also facilitates the ability to contact a hospital other than your own country, because you are traveling.
The Directive 2011/24/EU on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare sets out the rights for patients and the rules for exercising them.
The Directive is dealing with:
Check the 2019 report on the application of the Directive --->
Cross-border Healthcare Expert Group
The Cross-border Healthcare Expert Group brings together healthcare representatives from all EU countries to assist the European Commission with the implementation of the Directive. It provides the Commission with advice and expertise, and national authorities with a forum to exchange their experiences of the Directive.
Are you seeking healthcare in another EU Member State?
Before, read your rights and what it is important to know: