European mHealth Innovation and Knowledge Hub
mHealth Hub is a European project that supports countries and regions in setting up large-scale mHealth programmes. The Hub will serve as a focal point for expertise in the WHO European Region. Its mHealth Innovation Hub will act as a facilitator for integrating mHealth innovation in countries’ national health systems, and as an accelerator for the EU Digital Single Market.
The mHealth Hub consortium of partners will produce knowledge tools for health systems and services on non-communicable diseases and a code of ethics for mHealth data. In the long term, it is expected that the Hub will become an independent and self-sufficient entity, which will supply support for countries to scale up their own national mHealth services.
The push to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) – specifically mobile technology (or mHealth) – to support healthcare has been driven by the need to find cost-effective ways to overcome two major challenges on the horizon for healthcare in Europe. They are: an ageing population experiencing a growth in chronic diseases, and an associated rise in cost for provision of healthcare.
The use of mHealth is of interest to parties looking at ways to overcome these two challenges. It enables a shift in focus towards early diagnosis and detection of changes in people at risk of disease, promotion of health and prevention, and the self-management of chronic diseases.
For these three reasons, the European mHealth Innovation and Knowledge Hub will act as a mechanism to share success in mHealth across Europe, and boost the uptake of mHealth solutions among national governments.
EHTEL is teaming up with fellow project partners to provide support on capacity building and operationalisation of the mHealth Hub. Its activities include mapping stakeholders, developing dissemination strategies, and defining the mHealth Hub’s service portfolio and business model.
EHTEL will also contribute to develop a policy framework for the EU on cross-border adoption and assessment of innovations in mHealth.
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