1st MWP 2012-2014

The priority of the first MWP was set on the implementation of article 14(b) of Directive 2011/24 regarding de
development of guidelines. The eHealth Network, with the support of the eHealth Governance Initiative had adopted the Patient Summary guideline in November 2013 and the ePrescription guideline in November 2014. Furthermore, it had set the agenda for further developments on i.e. eID and the data protection debate.

2nd MWP 2015-2018

This MWP was built on the achievements of the first MWP. The 2nd MWP identifies 4 main priority areas:

  1. Interoperability and standardisation
  2. Exchange of knowledge
  3. Monitoring and assessment of implementation
  4. Global cooperation and positioning.

The Joint Action to support the eHealth Network (JAseHN) has worked along these priority areas. Thereby JAseHN particularly supported the eHealth Network in adopting new releases of the Patient Summary and ePrescription guidelines as well as making progress in the context of building an eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure (eHDSI) for a sustainable cross-border exchange of health data. Ongoing work under the scope of the 2nd MWP is currently focusing on semantic interoperability, Patient Registries guideline, eHealth specifications, patient access, alignment of standardization activities and international eHealth activities. Depending on further work progress until 2018, it has to be considered whether there is the need for follow-up tasks.

3rd MWP 2018-2021

The eHealth Network sub-group working on the MWP 2018-2021 as agreed to focus on four areas:

Empowering People
Innovative use of health data
Enhancing continuity of care
Overcoming Implementation Challenges
Empowering People

Addressing citizens as individuals who should take an active role in their health care process.

Expected achievements:TopicsExpected outcome
People are better informed and have better guidance and access to high quality mobile health applications which they can trust, use, and recommend
A.1 mHealth and apps reliabilityDevelop a common framework and principles for facilitating safe and reliable use mHealth apps.
People are better equipped to control and manage the use of their health data, including the possibility to allow the sharing of their health data between service providers as well as for research and innovation purposes in a secure and protected wayA.2 Patient access and use of dataSynergetic and coherent approach to patient access, sharing, and reuse of health data in the EU.
People have easy and secure access to their health data and they are enabled to enter data to their personal health record(s)A.3 Digital Health literacy of patientsIncrease digital health literacy for EU-citizens by sharing best practices and tools
People are better supported in accessing healthcare through the use of high quality telehealth/telemedicine services regardless of whether they live in remote or urban areasA.4 TelehealthFacilitate the adoption of telehealth taking available evidence into consideration.


Innovative use of health data

Addressing the society who should benefit from the analysis of large volumes of data generated across healthcare sector and others.

Expected achievements:TopicsExpected outcome
Strengthen the awareness of the possibilities and potentially beneficial impact of big data in health by identifying best practicesB.1 Awareness raising of using Big Data in healthcareIncrease awareness on the possible impacts, challenges, risks and directions of Big Data in healthcare.
Develop frameworks and common principles for realising the added value of big data in healthB.2 Develop common vision of innovative use of data in healthcareCommon vision and priorities for innovative use of data in healthcare.
Support the creation of good governance principles, practices and methods in handling use of health data, including big dataB.3 Governance and methodologies for innovative use of health data, including big dataCommon principles to facilitate the development of innovative use of data projects at European Level.
Enhancing continuity of care

Addressing healthcare systems and providers who should adopt interoperable across-border solutions.

Expected achievements:TopicsExpected outcome
Wide adoption of CBeHIS services, including overcoming the current difficulties on achieving legal interoperabilityC.1 Stimulating and supporting the adoption of CBeHISFull exploitation of the CBeHIS services
Financial and operational Sustainability of CBeHISC.2 Explore the need and conditions for the new use-cases, aligned with the eHDSI principlesIdentifying and developing new use cases and the sustainability of eHDSI
Clear view on how to proceed on the development of other CBeHISC.3 Legal challengesStable and reliable implementation of the provisions of a common legal framework
Aligned architectures between eHDSI, ERNs and the future use-casesC.4 European Reference Network eHealth servicesConsistency between the eHealth services and the European Reference Networks architecture and improved interoperability
Overcoming Implementation Challenges

Addressing citizens as individuals who should take na active role in their health care process.

Expected achievementsTopicsExpected outcome
Enable the authentication of the parties concerned and the secure exchange of trusted health data among diverse systems;
Promote the use and consistent operationalization of appropriate frameworks for eHealth;
Increase the strategic coordination of ICT standardization, foster the collaboration among all interested parties;
Overcome obstacles in the consistent application of existing eHealth standards and promote the EU-wide adoption and use of appropriate methods to increase the semantic interoperability across borders;
D.1 Interoperability of digital healthcare infrastructureInteroperable digital infrastructure (software and hardware) of healthcare providers using a common format for cross-border exchange of health data.
Promote e-competencies among health care professionals; D.2 eSkills for ProfessionalsEquip healthcare professionals with eSkills for eHealth services.
Promote data protection and data security; D.3 Data Protection and Data SecurityIncrease trust in eHealth by overcoming the implementation challenges of the relevant EU legal frameworks on data protection, security, authentication of the actors, and privacy.
Promote evaluation eHealth services best practices. D.4 Evaluation of e-HealthImproved transparency and evidence-based evaluation on the progress, results and impact of eHealth adoption.