Can you imagine the health data can be exchanged across the border using digital infrastructures in Europe?

Can you imagine the health data can be exchanged across the border using digital infrastructures in Europe?

Yes, it is perhaps possible. The recently published ‘2019 CEF Telecom eHealth call’ introduced during the Infoday1 held on the 10 July 2019 in Brussels, has enabled the Member States to either join the existing pool of countries, already pioneering the digital cross border exchange of health data, or to expand their existing capabilities with additional services and types of exchanged data. With the 2019 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), there are chances that the effective funding deployment of digital infrastructures could indeed be achieved.

The call is open until 14 November 2019 and offers €5 million of funding.

eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure:

eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure is the digital cross-border health service infrastructure that ensures the continuity of care for European citizens while they are traveling abroad in Europe, which can give the advantage of accessing the health data in a secure and efficient way.

Finland and Estonia were the first two countries that started using the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure to exchange ePrescriptions, which has dispensed 3000 ePrescriptions since the launch of the service.

As of now, 22 Member States have committed to join the data exchange by the end of 2021. Member states like Luxembourg, Czech Republic, and Croatia have joined the program as well.

The setup is offering invaluable possibilities for citizens requiring unplanned medical care abroad of these services across the European Commission. The setup offers travelers with chronic medical conditions. This reduces the unnecessary checks and risks of wrong medication and allows patients, while abroad, to receive equivalent medication to what they would receive in their home country.