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Background Information

The eHealth Governance Initiative began its work in February 2011. It has, at its heart, four key objectives. These are to provide to:

  • Member States a consolidated approach and a strong political commitment to governance at the Policy, Strategic and Operational level.
  • Member States, the European Commission and other relevant stakeholders a political platform and "a strategy think tank" for current and emerging challenges which should lead to a strong consolidated Roadmap of concrete actions and the description of potential future (pilot) projects and partnerships.
  • Member States, the European Commission, the Competence Centers, the IT Industry and to other relevant stakeholders a political process toward a European eHealth Interoperability Framework.
  • European Commission, Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council and to other relevant stakeholders targeted support for activities requiring broad convergence across Europe, such as future Large Scale Projects eHealth projects and common interoperable service solutions at Member State level.

The Initiative has 39 Beneficiaries including:

  • Ministries
  • Competence Centres
  • Users
  • Industry

Two key features of the Initiative are its involvement of High Level Representatives ensuring appropriate connections to the political level and the fact that it builds upon the positive work of projects such as CALLIOPE and its roadmap. This enables the Initiative to work towards a Member State driven approach for an interoperable and sustainable eHealth infrastructure.

Guiding the work of the eHealth Governance Initiative and settings its priorities is the eHealth Network that was established by Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. Prior to the establishment of the Article 14 Network eHealth policy co-ordination was undertaken by the High Level eHealth Governance Group (HLeHGG).

The Joint Action e-Health Governance Initiative JA-EHGov has recieved funding from the European Union, In the framework of the Health Programme.
The project SEHGovIA is Thematic Network and Is partially funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICTPSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Framework Programm by the European Commission.