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Parliamentary questions
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12 September 2018
E-003948/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003948/2018

The implementation of telemedicine services at national level remains a competence of Member States. The Commission is nevertheless promoting the uptake of digital health solutions by supporting the necessary digital infrastructure and funding. The Commission also works with Member States to bridge existing health systems interoperability gaps to enable the exchange of health data across borders.

In line with the communication on the Digital Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market(1), the Commission has initiated a number of measures, e.g. the extension of the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure and expansion to new use-cases; the creation of an electronic health record exchange format; and setting up a data infrastructure for the purpose of research and personalised medicine. The Commission is taking steps to stimulate the wider uptake of mHealth and other digital solutions, essential for telemedicine, as well as to increase investments to upgrade the digital health information systems of healthcare providers.

More specifically, the Commission has also commissioned a study, to be finalised this year, to analyse the telemedicine market in the EU. In addition, Horizon 2020 and previous Research and Innovation framework programmes have funded projects on telemedicine, including collaborative research, pilots and procurement.

Through its research programmes, the Commission has funded several projects to support new models in support of telemedicine, for example home-based rehabilitation(2) and eHealth applications in mental health(3).

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/communication-enabling-digital-transformation-health-and-care-digital-single-market-empowering
(2)Rehab@home http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/105318_en.html
(3)E-COMPARED http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/111382_en.html

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