E-HEALTH’S POTENTIAL TO DELIVER BETTER HEALTHCARE
One of the reasons healthcare systems might be slow to embrace e-health is a lack of adequate regulatory mechanisms for deployment while ensuring patient safety and trust. Many stakeholders agree that there is a strong need for regulation. Dr. Jacques Lucas, Vice-President of the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Médecins (French National Medical Council) argues for strict regulation when it comes to e-health. He states that mobile applications, for example, should be prescribed by the doctor and used in an official framework.
Yet, certification and use is just one aspect of the regulatory complexity facing policymakers. Certainly, stakeholders must work together to provide clarity on how medical device regulations apply to e-health and provide a clear pathway for certification. But they must also collaborate with public and private sector partners to create frameworks for mandating interoperability between e-health solutions in order to ensure ease of use, open the scope of innovation and achieve economies of scale.
EU Whitepaper / Smartcare
PriceWaterhouseCoopers – Socio-economic impact of M-Health: an assessment for the European Union, 2013, p.20.
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.