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EU eHealth in focus


In Europe, the eHealth Network established under article 14 of the cross-border directive endorsed in November 2013, the guideline for a minimum health data set to be used in emergency or unplanned care cross-border situations.

During a live demonstration in Boston (US), experts from the Trillium Bridge project proved that it is technically feasible to exchange Electronic Health Record (EHR) data between the European Union and the United States. This means that in theory it is possible for a local treating physician, provided the patient has given his or her consent, to request and access an EHR patient summary from the patient’s provider across the Atlantic. 

Following the success of this demonstration, the EC published an official post where the event is pointed out as an important step towards Digital Agenda for Europe.

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Bridge - Expand-Project


Have you heard about Expand Project?

If not, the Expand Project - Expanding Health Data Interoperability Services is being funded by the European Commission Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) within the ICT Policy Support Programme, and is being led by the Portuguese Health Ministry, Shared Services – SPMS.

In a few words, Expand is bridging a selected number of eHealth Projects, like epSOS – Smart Open Services for European Patients to CEF – Connecting Europe Facility (anchored to the Europe 2020 Strategy), in order to deploy large-scale cross-border projects.

The main purpose of the Expand Project intends to support and promote EU Member States in “delivering their local eHealth plans and improving cross-border care” (Source: Expand Project).

As well as epSOS, SemantinHealthNet (SHN), CALLIOPE, eHR4CR, PARENT, e-SENS, and other projects, are being guided by the decisions taken in the eHealth Network (eHN), not forgetting, the Trillium Bridge project and the eHealth Governance Initiative (eHGI).

If you want to know more about Expand Project go to: expandproject.eu

Expand Project

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In April, iUZ was selected as one of the 100 European SMEs for the ACE Project, an Accelerate Cross-Border Engagement programme that aims to:

“(…) develop a new tailor-made acceleration programme delivering targeted cross-border services to highly innovative ICT entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs with the potential to rapidly grow their businesses in international markets” by European ACE

ACE programme and mentors
ACE programme is organised by EBN – a network and community that supports the evolution of innovative and creative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs -, and supported by the European Commission, under the FP7 Programme – Digital Agenda (DG CONNECT).

iUZ is experiencing a chapter extremely dedicated to cross-border markets, so this kind of programmes are a support for us to find other companies with the same purpose, providing extra impulse and encouragement to find customers, partners and investors in international markets. In this selection, there were a higher interest from Ireland and Belgium markets. Our local mentor, IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes, has been helping and guiding us through the different stages of the programme and it has been amazing.

According to ACE website, there are 15 leading incubators, clusters and living labs from across Europe, such as, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, UK, France, Italy, Finland, Sweden and Czech Republic.

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ACE Events
iUZ was also present at ACE Cooperation Summit in the 29th April in Brussels, where our CEO Isabel Cruz had the opportunity to meet investors, mentors and the selected companies. Isabel also had the opportunity to pitch directly to a panel of investors.

You can see the selected companies at EBN website.


What do you think about this type of events? Are you a co-worker from one of the 100 European companies selected?

Tell us what you think in the comments, please.


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mHealth - Smartphone - Green Paper on mHealth - Digital Agenda for Europe - Public Consultation

Until 3 July 2014 the European Commission, through Digital Agenda for Europe – DG Connect, has an open Public Consultation on the Green paper on mobile health (source: Green Paper report)


Public Consultation

A Public Consultation is related with the Participatory Democracy, a process that emphasizes:

 “(…) broad participation of constituents in the direction and operation of political systems, (…) strives to create opportunities for all members of a population to make meaningful contributions to decision-making and seeks to broaden the range of people who have access to such opportunities.” (Source: Wikipedia).

The Public Consultation is an approach of a Participatory Democracy and the European Commission through the DG Connect, gives Europeans forms of participation in decision-making, seeking to understand citizens point-of-views.


Mobile Health or mHealth

According with the World Health Organisation (WHO), mHealth means:

“(…) medical and public health practice supported be mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices”  (Source: WHO – World Health Organisation – mHealth – New horizons for health through mobile technologies)


Responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes (European Commission Vice-President) (@NeelieKroesEU), also says that:

mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and wellbeing, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs.

I personally use a sports-band on my wrist to measure how active I am from day to day, so I am a great supporter of mHealth already. Please send us your input into this consultation to help us become global leaders in this fascinating area.” (Source: EU Press Release)


“There are nearly 100,000 mHealth #apps already available across multiple platforms”


Green Paper on Mobile Health

According with the European Commission (EC), the organisation has launched a public consultation on the Green Paper on Mobile Health, announced in the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020.

As any Public Consultation, citizens are invited to comment about a certain topic, in this case according with the “barriers and issues related to the use of mobile health including health and wellbeing apps, smart watches etc.” (Source: Digital Agenda)

Citizen’s inputs will help identify procedures to unlock the full power of mHealth in Europe. According with the Green Paper report shared by EC, the commission exposed several fields that are in need to be explored regarding mHealth, such as:

  • Data protection, including security of health data
  • Big data
  • State of play on the applicable EU legal framework
  • Patient safety and transparency of information
  • mHealth role in healthcare systems and equal access
  • Interoperability
  • Reimbursement models
  • Liability
  • Research and innovation in mHealth
  • International cooperation
  • Access of web entrepreneurs to the mHealth market


“By 2017, 3.4 billion people worldwide will own a smartphone and half of them will be using mHealth apps” 


See also the infographic that DG Connect made for the subject:

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Green Paper on mHealth - Digital Agenda for Europe - Public Consultation


How to respond (until 3rd July)?

  • Respond online
  • Email your answers, attaching your reply as Word, PDF or ODF document.
  • Write to:
    European Commission
    DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology
    Avenue de Beaulieu/Beaulieulaan 31
    Unit H1, Health & Well-being
    Brussels 1049 – Belgium

Results will be known 3 months after the end of the consultation.


Want to know more about this subject? Read the following reports:


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(image: Sebastiaan ter Burg)

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