DigitalHealthEurope will provide comprehensive, integrated and centralised support to the Digital Health and Care Innovation initiative in the context of the Digital Single Market Strategy. The project’s approach involves a number of actions that will boost innovation and advance the Digital Single Market priorities for the digital transformation of health and care (DTHC). The priorities concern:
- citizens’ secure access to and sharing of health data across borders
- better data to advance research, disease prevention and personalised health and care
- digital tools for citizen empowerment and person-centred care.
To achieve this, the project work plan has been structured two fold.
Support to large scale deployment of digital solutions for person-centred integrated care
The deployment of digital solutions for person centred integrated care is at the forefront of the efforts pursued by DigitalHealthEurope. This will be approached by identifying and selecting, by means of assessment tools, successful initiatives which are both highly impactful and replicable. This analysis will be coupled with developing structured advice on EU funding instruments and financing sources. The selected initiatives will have the opportunity to pursue replication and scaling up with the aid of instruments such as a matchmaking approach and a twinning support scheme. The completion of the twinning efforts will enable the development of a deployment support service which will include guidelines, checklists and documented successful approaches. These results will further contribute to capacity building and help define the “building blocks” for the scaling up of innovative practices. The new resources will be widely disseminated with a view to enabling even wider uptake of twinned innovation and the assimilation of lessons learned.
Support to DTHC innovation through collaboration in multi-stakeholder communities
On the other hand, DigitalHealthEurope will also facilitate the creation of multi-stakeholder communities that directly address the three priorities. Each of the platforms will be divided along two complementary levels: (a) a policy level to support collaboration agreements, the drafting of recommendations and the common agenda for the different participating stakeholders (b) an expert level for fostering the elaboration of agreements, requirements and actionable recommendations by leading experts, to guide and inform decisions pursued at level of policy within the same platform.
Furthermore, DigitalHealthEurope will ensure the mutual flow of information between activities undertaken as part of either pursuit, be it the deployment and scaling up efforts or the collaborative work within the platforms. Taken together, the results will be channelled into drafting a roadmap, advice and recommended action points which will form a common vision of EU coordination and support of DTHC beyond 2020.