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Objectives

eHealth Innovation will develop consensus among stakeholders and produce a detailed eHealth Innovation report towards making interoperable eHealth services deployed at large scale in Europe, thereby also supporting patients in managing their health.

The resulting requirements for a supportive infostructure and for further innovation measures are further objectives.

The eHealth Innovation TN addresses four main thematic areas

Chronic disease management for an ageing population

Work in this area will focus on identification of good practice and innovative solutions, including reviewing different models of sharing care and management decisions with patients.

From integrated care towards co-production of health

Work in this area will focus on cooperation between patient and health professionals and include topics such as improved information and communication, patients' access to their health data, improved care and care coordination through electronic patient records (EPR), personal health records (PHR) and personal health systems (PHS).

eHealth solutions for patient-centred care

Work in this area will focus on support for patients in managing their health and includes topics such as Personal Health Systems (PHS), Personal Guidance Systems (PGS, part of PHS), chronic disease management (CDM) and integrated care (IC) that goes beyond contemporary models of chronic disease management. This thematic area will focus on innovative solutions and lessons learnt from implementation to be used in the final report.

EU-wide eHealth infostructure

Focus will be on the need for and creation of a pan-European infostructure (information and knowledge infrastructure) based on and further supporting the development of existing national infrastructures, and facilitating patient care, public health, health research, health education, (self-)health management. The topics to address in this work domain include questions of semantic interoperability, advanced EHR based solutions, interfaces to the infostructure, knowledge generation (e.g. from patient monitoring) and feedback to patients (and doctors) as well as data re-use.

All mentioned thematic areas will have to deal with issues surrounding the efficient engagement of individuals in managing their health, improved, interactive communication, shared healthcare, improved care coordination. Recommendations will be formulated towards overcoming such key barriers and challenges as market fragmentation and lack of interoperability, lack of legal certainty, insufficient availability of financial support and procurement issues. The TN, through its final output, the eHealth Innovation report, will address these challenges and recommend appropriate policy measures and strategic actions at the European, national and stakeholder levels based on input and validation by all stakeholder groups concerned.The report will consist of a final publishable summary covering the results and conclusions of the project; it will also draw together the main outcomes and provide recommendations for further actions.

Methodology

The work approach will include the preparation of draft concept briefs on the main thematic areas by topic leaders (core partners) and editorial teams. These briefs will also include an analysis of policy processes (from vision and strategy to implementation, evaluation and feed-back), different policy instruments and measures, and will use SWOT-like analyses and business use case based approaches. The draft briefs will be discussed and further developed during targeted, workshops and consultation meetings.

In total, five workshops will be organised around the thematic areas identified above. The workshops will each produce validated reports and recommendations on their respective topics.

The cumulated results will feed into a final report.