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Position and Briefing Papers

Position and Briefing Papers prepared by the EHTEL Community and EHTEL Task Forces: EHTEL Community Position Paper on Digital Health developed on the occasion of public consultations by the European Union throughout 2017 on pressing topics around digital health and care. ETHICAL Principles for eHealth: Conclusions from the Consultation of Ethics Experts around the Globe, A Briefing Paper; and two (longer) Briefing Papers far: 10th Anniversary Briefing Paper "Reflections on a Decade of eHealth – the second stage in Healthcare Transformation" and the Briefing Paper "Sustainable Telemedicine: paradigms for future-proof healthcare".

EHTEL Community Position Paper on Digital Health

Position Paper on Digital Health by the EHTEL community: Throughout 2017, in the European Union there have been a number of public consultations on pressing topics around digital health and care. All the key themes are extremely relevant at European, national and regional levels. In their contributions, EHTEL’s members have focused on three key issues: 1) Citizens’ empowerment and their online access to health and care data; 2) Continuity of care and interoperable service implementation; 3) Digital transformation management and governance.

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ETHICAL Principles for eHealth - Briefing Paper

ETHICAL Principles for eHealth: Conclusions from the Consultation of Ethics Experts around the Globe, A Briefing Paper. From the foreword by former EHTEL President Martin Denz: Trust and credibility are at heart of any relationship, this counts all the more for healthcare. Preconditions for this are ethical principles and personal values. If eHealth stakeholders are aiming for sustainability, this must be grounded in responsible thus ethically based activities. It is therefore crucial to reflect about ethical determinants and conditions related to eHealth. With this Briefing Paper, EHTEL aims to reinforce its role as an integrative enabler. Beyond its activities as a platform and networking node, EHTEL is creating added value for all healthcare stakeholders by producing reports and publications. This document has been prepared to provide Members and Friends of EHTEL with an overview of the work of the ETHICAL 7th Framework project. The project was concerned with the ethical issues that surround the collection, use and retention of medical and biometric data. This report concentrates on those aspects of the project that were associated with medical data. Using extracts from the project’s deliverables, it highlights ethical issues that have a bearing on the design, delivery and operation of eHealth developments.

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EHTEL Briefing Paper: Policy lessons from a decade of eHealth – bringing a new direction into focus

With this Briefing Paper, EHTEL aims at reframing current policy approaches, by analysing how deployment of eHealth evolved and why not all goals have been reached until now. One key insight is that eHealth stakeholders and policy makers are disconnected from the realities “in the field”. Having identified a gap and by relying on EHTEL’s core competencies, we will bring solutions to all actors in order to successfully bridge this gap together. EHTEL is determined to contribute for pragmatic and reality-based solutions, which means to build upon practical and well grounded experience. It is our understanding that all actors and participants in healthcare – whether using an “e”, “m” or “Tele” for their communities – need to communicate, to exchange experiences in personal networks. And we are confident in the raise of a new breed of younger and elder leaders who understand the needs in healthcare.

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10th Anniversary Briefing Paper: Reflections on a Decade of eHealth - the second stage in Healthcare Transformation

The past decade has been the witness of quite noticeable changes of health care by Health ICT. Nowadays, eHealth symbolises the modernisation of healthcare in support of quality of care, empowerment of patients, higher efficiency and also increased health professional job satisfaction. This has not happened by itself, rather a synergy of strategic plans, political commitments and technical developments was needed.

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EHTEL Briefing Paper Sustainable Telemedicine

With this Briefing Paper "Sustainable Telemedicine: paradigms for future-proof healthcare", EHTEL would like to offer all stakeholders, i.e. politicians, citizens/patients, health professionals, healthcare providers, health insurers and many others a snapshot of the State of the Art on the European, National and Regional levels with the focus on sustainable services.

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