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EU-US cooperation on eHealth (eHealth Week)

May 7, 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark

The objective of the workshop is to present and discuss current and future perspectives of EU and US cooperation on eHealth matters. The workshop will provide an opportunity to review on-going collaborations, including those developed in the context of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation surrounding health information and communication technologies.

Most notable amongst this work is the jointly developed EC-HHS roadmap for the development of internationally recognised interoperability standards and interoperability implementation specifications for electronic health information systems. 

Other mutual priorities currently the subject of active cooperation include cooperation around strategies for development of professional workforces with the health IT skills to realize the inherent promise of health ICTs to support better, more affordable and accessible healthcare as well as healthier ageing workforces, will be the centre of discussion.

The MoU was signed in Washington on 17 December 2010 by the European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes and Kathleen Sebelius, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The implementation of the EU-US MoU on health ICT issues, EU-US perspectives on encouraging health ICT innovation, and the international dimensions of eHealth will also be presented by high-level speakers from the EU and US administrations and other international bodies including the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as the health-care private sector.

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BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.