On 16 July 2007, the European Commission issued a set of draft recommendations on eHealth interoperability. This supports the idea that connecting people, systems, and services would be vital for the provision of good healthcare in Europe.
The lack of interoperability in systems and services has long been identified as one of the major challenges to the wider implementation of the Union's e-Health applications.
The goal of this Recommendation is to contribute to enabling the provision of a means of authorised healthcare professionals to gain managed access to essential health information about patients, subject to the patients' consent, and with full regard for data privacy and security requirements. Such information could include the appropriate parts of a patient's electronic health record, patient summary and emergency data from any place in Europe: within countries, in cross-border regions, and between countries.
The proposed actions cover the following areas:
- The overall (political/legal) level of eHealth interoperability inclusing privacy and confidentiality
- Creating the organisational framework (or process) for e-Health interoperability
- Applications (including semantic) interoperability
- Architectural and technical interoperability including security, certification and accreditation
- Monitoring and evaluation
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