By consensus between all EU member states, the EU Council has adopted conclusions on digital health and care. This will improve sustainability of European health care systems, secure access to data and pool infrastructure and expertise. It also means more personalised health care.
The conclusions entitled 'Health in the digital society - making progress in data-driven innovation in the field of health' support the goals of the Digital Single Market: to enable citizens' secure data access and to create innovation opportunities.
Jevgeni Ossinovski, President of the Council and Estonian minister for Health and Labour, said: "We have worked hard during the Estonian Presidency to enhance digital innovation in healthcare. By providing good quality and safe e-services we can improve the treatment of patients and ensure that the health systems of member states are more efficient and sustainable."
The Council conclusions on digital health and care were adopted during the European Council meeting of 8 December 2017.
Council conclusions are used to identify specific issues of concern for the EU and outline particular actions to take or goals to reach. The Commission looks forward to continue working with the Member States to implement these Council conclusions.
The conclusions, like all conclusions from 2004 onwards, are available in the public register of official documents, the Official Journal of the European Union.