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Interim evaluation of the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020

A study prepared for the European Commission DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

This interim evaluation provides a basis upon which to assess the accomplishment of the eHealth Action Plan 20120-2020 after two years of operation and to identify the remaining challenges for the full implementation of the Action Plan by 2020.

The eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 defines the Commission’s vision on eHealth for the 2012-2020 period. The overall aim of the EU eHealth Action Plan is to address the barriers for the full deployment of a cross-border eHealth system and to promote the deployment of health & care systems which are ICT-enabled, personalised, preventive, patient-centric, integrated, interoperable and sustainable and to empower citizens by enabling them self-manage their health, diseases and well-being. This broad aim is split into 17 actions in total, which are grouped around four specific objectives, namely:

  • achieving wider interoperability in eHealth services;
  • supporting research, development, innovation and competitiveness in eHealth;
  • facilitating uptake and ensuring wider deployment of eHealth;
  • promoting policy dialogue and international cooperation on eHealth at global level.

The evaluation of the eHAP highlights the limited awareness of the Plan as a whole among stakeholders.  All the actions included in the eHealth Action Plan are however considered as relevant by stakeholders, as they correspond to the priorities of the stakeholders, and to the national and European priorities. The added-value of the eHAP is perceived in its ability to generate better coordination and cooperation through a structured approach and cohesiveness in action at EU level. Stakeholder involvement is also perceived as essential for the successful achievement of objectives of the eHealth Action Plan, and as something that should improve under the eHAP.

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