Briefing: Boosting cooperation on health technology assessment

The European Commission has proposed a regulation on health technology assessment (HTA). HTA is a research-based tool that supports decision-making in healthcare by assessing the added value of a given health technology compared to others. The proposal would provide the basis for permanent EU-level cooperation in four areas. Member States would still be responsible for assessing the non-clinical (economic, ethical, social, etc.) aspects of health technology, and for pricing and reimbursement. While Member States could choose to delay participation in the joint work until three years after the rules enter into force, it would become mandatory after the sixth year. Stakeholders have broadly welcomed the proposal. National parliaments, however, are divided in their appreciation of it, and the Council has intimated that its discussions will take some time.

Question for Written Answer: Status of legislative initiatives on digital health

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Outcome of Proceedings: Working Party on Public Health at Senior Level on 15 March 2019

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Press Release: European guidelines for cross border exchange of patients’ health data considered as a leading reference to set up international standards

On the occasion of its final conference organised in Brussels on the 19th March, the CEN ‘International Patient Summary’ project presented the results of its works focused on turning the current European guidelines on Patient Summary adopted by the eHealth Network into European standards, in the context of the creation of International standards for Patient Summary, which would apply worldwide.

Press Release: Albania and North Macedonia prepare to transpose the EU legislative framework on digital health

Albania and North Macedonia are eager to transpose the acquis in e-health area, while Albania has set up a digital agency and started the digitisation of electronic health records. According to the roadmap set out by the Council, both countries are supposed to open the accession negotiations in June 2019. In this context, a meeting was organised in Brussels on the 29th March, concerning the transposition of the acquis communautaire in the field of digital health, as part of a broader exercise on the European consumer and health protection set of rules.

Agenda: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (8 April 2019)

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Merger Case: M.7337 IMS HEALTH / CEGEDIM BUSINESS

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Written Answer to Question: Cross-border standardisation in healthcare

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Event: eHealth high-level conference (Bucharest, 11 – 14 June 2019)

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Briefing: Mobile phones and health: Where do we stand?

Mobile phones are an integral part of everyday life, and it is hard to imagine a world without them. There are nevertheless health concerns, and the debate is ongoing. There is a vast body of research on the potential risks from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields such as those emitted by mobile phones. Yet scientific opinion remains split over the possibility of a link between mobile phone radiation and health problems. The results of research in this area have been interpreted in a variety of ways, and studies have been criticised for their methodological flaws, lack of statistical significance, and bias.

Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (20-21 March 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (25 March 2019)

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Press Release: CEF Telecom: two calls supporting 13 Digital Services Infrastructures in 2019

Following the adoption of the CEF Telecom Work Programme 2019, which outlines the general objectives, priorities and expected impacts of the actions that will be supported in the field of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs), the 2019 CEF Telecom call planning has been published.

CEF Digital Services Infrastructures are the elementary units required by the Digital Single Market to meet the needs of businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities.

Third Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, 28th February, Bucarest, Romania

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Marketplace workshop show-casing best practices in the field of on digitally-enabled, integrated, person-centered care (Ispra, Italy, 12-13 December 2018)

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Agenda: EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption Meeting (7 March 2019)

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Event: Innovations in healthcare delivery – digital change (Brussels, 5 March 2019)

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