Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative
Estonia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July to December 2017. Its main focus is related to the Digital Society and the free movement of data in the European Union, as the fifth freedom of the European Union.
Today, healthcare systems are transformed by digital technologies, and most of the European policy makers have defined strategies to implement digital health solutions, even if some barriers are still to be overcome.
The Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia, supported by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), is thus launching the present Digital Health Society (DHS) Declaration, as a call for actions on ‘Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health’.
Because a holistic view is needed, this document has integrated input from all the stakeholdersinterested in the development of digital health, sharing a vision, between citizens and patients, policy makers, health professionals and healthcare services managers, scientists, companies, startups, insurers and mutual funds, investors, etc. about the strategies and actions to achieve the digital transformation of healthcare systems.
The free flow of data in healthcare makes difference through hitting a triple goal:
- increased access and safety in healthcare can be achieved through empowered citizens and adequate data availability at the point of care
- sustainability of health systems will be supported by a values-based approach
- new economic opportunities, jobs and investment will be created using data-driven healthcare innovation
The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU aims to advance digital innovation in healthcare, in particular focussing on:
- the right of citizens to access, manage and control their health data electronically in a convenient and secure manner; to better use health data, in particular for research and innovation purpose
- the better use of health data, in particular for research and innovation purposes