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Parliamentary questions
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8 August 2018
E-003325/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003325/2018

The Commission recently adopted a communication(1) on Enabling the Digital Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market; Empowering Citizens and Building a Healthier Society. It identifies three pillars where actions will be developed:

Pillar 1: Citizens' secure access to and sharing of health data.
Pillar 2: Data infrastructure for the advancement of research.
Pillar 3: Digital tools to foster citizen empowerment and person-centred care.

These will all contribute to treating and preventing non-communicable diseases.

The Commission does not keep track of nationally implemented eHealth action plans in Member States. Each Member State differs in the speed and readiness to implement digital solutions in their health systems, requiring different approaches.

The Commission has funded several projects under Horizon 2020 using digital solutions to help citizens to monitor and track their health and wellbeing:

MEDGUIDE(2): helping seniors with dementia with their medication adherence through smart pill boxes and social networking providing direct reminders and personalised roadmaps leveraging the network of informal caregivers.
myAirCoach(3): creating a user-friendly tool for asthmatic patients to monitor and self-control their disease.
iManageCancer(4): using mobile healthcare and serious games to help people with chronic illnesses in particular cancer.

The draft Multiannual Financial Framework foresees several funding instruments with the implementation of digital solutions and health:

Digital Europe Programme(5): support the digital transformation of Europe’s societies and economies.
Connecting Europe Facility(6): supporting the building of digital infrastructure.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/communication-enabling-digital-transformation-health-and-care-digital-single-market-empowering
(2)http://www.aal-europe.eu/projects/medguide/
(3)http://www.myaircoach.eu/
(4)http://imanagecancer.eu/
(5)https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/com-2018-434_fr
(6)https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/connecting-europe-facility

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