In a context of budget constraint, the growing influence of healthcare technologies is a key issue for the sustainability and quality of EU general interest services. The question of their development under the conditions of the ongoing digital revolution has now reached a turning point.
Connected health has proved to be a key driver to maximize resource efficiency, provide self-management and interactive facilities between patients and clinicians.
In this regard, the new potentialities offered by digital health - understood as the use of digital data for medical purposes - will offer even greater possibilities for tailor-made approaches. The development of mobile health obviously contributes to a greater societal shift towards a wider digitalization of services and greater empowerment of individuals towards their health.
During the latest months, the MIT Technology Review has presented no less than 10 breakthrough technologies such as liquid biopsy, brain organoids, Internet of DNA etc.
These technological developments offer the EU significant opportunities to consolidate its position on the eHealth and mHealth market, and offer competitive services to the benefit of the patient. Digital health should contribute to transforming health-care systems from intervention to prevention-based. How to achieve this transformation? Will it be possible? What are the necessary conditions? This EIF debate will help understand some key factors for digital health development and new possibilities involving the use of patients’ data.
Michal Boni MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member
Prof. Dariusz Dudek, Presentations Hololens - a holographic computer enabling doctors to teach anatomy or practice on a virtual body, Cardiology of the future
Olivier Benoist, EU Policy Director, ACT - The App Association
Alexis Normand, Healthcare Development Director, Withings
Maciej Bochajczuk, Marketing and Communications Manager, European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association