The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of cross-border healthcare arrangements in the EU. The auditors will examine the European Commission’s monitoring and support for putting the EU legislation on cross-border healthcare access into effect, the results achieved to date for patients, and the effectiveness of the EU funding framework and of the actions funded. The audit will also cover the eHealth sector, where information technology is used to improve healthcare delivery and the health of citizens. The auditors have today published a Background Paper on the EU cross-border healthcare system as a source of information for those interested in the subject.
Cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and dementia in the senior population are often the result of lifestyle-related risk factors. This offers opportunities for prevention – a call to which one EU-funded project is responding with an interactive online platform.
Robotics is moving from the realm of science fiction to palpable reality and, although they are unlikely to replace health professionals any time soon, robots already have many uses in medicine and healthcare. The use and development of robots come with new challenges, some ethical. The European Parliament has taken a stance and asked the European Commission to come up with rules.
A summary of the exchange of views (with a focus on the General Food Law Proposal and self-regulatory proposal submitted by the alcohol and beverages sector) with the Commissioner is now available.
Today the Commission is proposing new measures to boost investments in artificial intelligence, increase availability and increase healthcare data sharing.
Blockchain: it’s a buzzword that seems both brilliantly simple and fiendishly complex. It’s an emerging technology that uses a public distributed ledger to chronologically record transactions, agreement, and contracts. It is being applied to everything from mortgage approvals and voting to insurance contracts and black-market transfers. But how does it work, and how can it help improve the food supply chain and healthcare?