In relation to the EC’s recent communication on the digitalisation of healthcare, EU40 – the network of young MEPs together with DocMorris, our knowledge partner, organised an expert debate, first part of the trilogy, on the role of digital health and access to services (for example in rural and remote areas) with key stakeholders on this very topical matter important for citizens and politicians alike.

Language skills, regulation and cultural differences can represent an obstacle to access medical treatment. Digital health and Telemedicine is here in order to break these barriers. This is the case of KristinaElectorThaleaMomentum, which are only a few of the examples of telemedicine platforms funded by the European Union. There are many people all over the EU who do not speak the language of their host country, they do not know how the sanitary system or social security work and they are isolated, also comprising people who live in remote areas who do not have access to services.

Digitalisation can do a lot in helping people to improve their accessibility to health services and we were delighted to have an insightful high-level debate with the following speakers on the 28th of June from 11.00 to 12.30h at the European Parliament:

  • MEP Carlos Zorrinho (ITRE Member, S&D, Portugal – sponsor of the resolution on this topic – Digital health and empowering consumers).
  • MEP Franc Bogovic (EPP Group, REGI Member – Smart Villages and the role of telemedicine)
  • Tapani Piha, Head of Unit Cross border Healthcare and eHealth, DG SANTE B3
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Franken, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, DocMorris
  • Denis Horgan, Executive Director European Alliance for Personalised Medicine
This was the first part of the trilogy that will end with the launch of a one pager with the main conclusions that resulted from the workshops throughout the year. We also had a dedicated hashtag (#DigitalHealthEU) and created many synergies in promoting the trilogy.

We look forward to welcoming you again to discuss #DigitalHealthEU!