eHealth initiatives to support medical assistance while travelling and living abroad.

On July 2, the European Commission released, as part of the Renewed Social Agenda, two documents with significant importance to suppoting cross-border healthcare delivery. empirica is proud of its substantial contributions to the conceptual groundwork of cross-border and interoperable healthcare delivery through its various studies and projects ...

 

The long awaited proposal for a "Directive on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare" aims at clarification of the legal rights of patients to healthcare abroad and opens the way for reinforced cooperation between Member States.
The "Recommendation on cross-border interoperability of electronic health record (EHR) systems" provides Member States with basic principles and guidelines for ensuring that vital information on patients is accessible anywhere at any time throughout Europe – no matter where the patient or doctor are based.

 

empirica is proud of its substantial contributions to the conceptual groundwork of cross-border and interoperable healthcare delivery through its various studies and projects:

TEN4Health - Trans-European healthcare support network for Europe’s mobile citizens,

i2-Health - Interoperability Initiative for a European eHealth Area,

SemanticHealth - Semantic Interoperability RTD roadmap,

eHealth ERA - Towards the establishment of a European eHealth Resarch Area.

 

empirica’s leading competence in this area is also reflected in contributions to the EC’s Recommendation on cross-border interoperability of electronic health record systems.

A concrete example of European progress in eHealth-supported cross-border healthcare delivery is the Smart Open Services (S.O.S.) project. Co-funded by the European Commission trhough its Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), it was initiated by 12 Member States and their industry players. It will enable health professionals to access specific medical data such as current medications of patients from other EU countries. empirica has been involved in shaping and preparing this complex European endeavour, and participates as a beneficiary in the project consortium with responsibility for administrative support for Member State authorities and all other participants involved in this unique undertaking.