The European Commission’s communication on the digital transformation of health and care

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In the Communication on enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market, the Commission set out its intentions to take further action at a European level and contribute to achieving the goals of the Council conclusions on Health in the Digital Society.

The European Commission will concentrate its effort in the following three areas:  

  • Citizens' secure access to and sharing of health data
  • Better data to promote research, disease prevention and personalised health and care
  • Digital tools for citizen empowerment and for person-centred care

For each of these areas the Commission has specified the actions it will take, with a specific focus on Member States’ strategies on reforming health systems. The Commission clearly acknowledges that for digital solutions to work, they must be designed to meet the needs of people and health systems and be thoughtfully implemented to suit the local context.

Partnerships, such as the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing are also fostered by the Commission.