April 10 -- To help citizens use smartphones, tablets and
digital wireless devices to better monitor their health, improve services and
reduce costs, the European Commission April 10 launched a public consultation to
come up with a plan for industry and government in the mHealth field.
commission, noting that there are already 100,000 applications related to what
it calls mHealth, said the public consultation will help address issues such as
safety, data privacy, lack of interoperability among available solutions and the
lack of stakeholder knowledge of the legal requirements for lifestyle and
well-being applications. These include data protection rules and whether the
applications are medical devices that need regulatory and standardization
“mHealth has a great potential to empower citizens to manage
their own health and stay healthy longer, to trigger quality of care and comfort
for patients and to assist health professionals in their work,” said European
Health Commissioner Tonio Borg. “As such exploring mHealth solutions can
contribute to modern, efficient and sustainable health systems.”
the questions the commission is posing to draw feedback are:
safety and performance requirements should apply to lifestyle and well-being
security safeguards can ensure health data is safe in an mHealth context;
are the best ways to promote mHealth entrepreneurship in the European Union.
The commission's public consultation will be open to feedback from
consumer and patient organizations, health professionals, public authorities,
software application developers, telecom service providers, mobile device
manufacturers, individuals and all other interested parties.
consultation is open until July 3, and the commission said it will publish the
results later in 2014.
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For more information
and to contribute to the EC public consultation, click on https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/node/69592.
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