The European Commission (EC) is inviting submissions from healthcare professionals and the public on a new consultation which, it says, will help define the "need and scope of policy measures" that will promote digital innovation in health, and which will address systemic challenges to health and care systems.
It comes at a time when there is increased focus on how the digital transformation of the sector could change how healthcare is delivered across the EU. While the current average time for diagnosing a known rare disease is 5.6 years, it is estimated that with digital innovation such as molecular diagnosis and tele-consultations with specialists, the wait time could be shortened to one year. It is also believed that digital innovation could offer more cost-effective tools to improve areas such as health promotion.
The consultation will collect data in three main areas including enhancing interoperability of electronic health records in Europe; how to better anticipate epidemics; and using digital services for integrated person-centred care.
Doctors are invited to share their views via EU Survey until 12 October 2017. Input from the consultation will feed into a new policy Communication to be adopted by the end of 2017.