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The European eHealth Governance Initiative

The eHealth Governance Initiative is working to establish a governance structure for eHealth within Europe in order to ensure continuity of healthcare both at home and across borders. It is achieving this through the development of strategies, priorities, recommendations and guidelines designed to deliver eHealth in Europe in a co-ordinated way. This work involves all stakeholders but especially patients and healthcare professionals.

The Initiative seeks a strong coordinated political leadership and the integration of eHealth into national health policies. It achieves this through its links to the Article 14 eHealth Network that brings together national authorities responsible for eHealth on a voluntary basis to work on common orientations in this area and to promote an interoperable and sustainable eHealth implementation across Europe.

The eHealth Network was established by Article 14(2) of Directive 2011/24/EU and it was considered desirable, in order to achieve coordination, coherence and consistency and to avoid duplication, that the eHealth Governance Initiative should operate within the framework of the Network and the objectives assigned to it.

Quick links to the Priority Areas of the eHealth Network:

- eID EU Governance for eHealth Services

- Semantic and Technical Interoperability

- Data Protection

- Patient Summary and Other Priorities



​At its 5th meeting, 13 May 2014 in Athens, the eHealth Network adopted proposals for including eHealth into the Connecting for Europe Facility, next steps towards "Guidelines for cross-border ePrescriptions" and the eHN workplan for 2015 - 2018.


The ​​eHealth Network adopted on 19 Nov 2013 "Guidelines on Minimum/Nonexhaustive Patient Summary Dataset for Electronic Exchange in Accordance with the Cross-border Directive 2011/24/EU"



​Documentation: Workshop on eID for eHealth - Brussels, 11 - 12 February 2013


eHealth Week 2013, May 13-15 at Dublin, Ireland, colocated the yearly EU eHealth Conference - organised by EC and the acting EU Presidency - and the World of Health IT.

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.