• Healthcare 1

    Patients need timely and equal access quality care all over Europe

  • Healthcare 2

    Exploring the benefits of m-health to enable easy and safe disease self-management

  • Healthcare 3

    Patients want to have active and fulfilling family and professional lives

MhealthChronicDiseasesInformation and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are the new way to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services in Europe. Thanks to ICTs, we can access personal health information online, benefit from better prevention, early diagnosis and use personalised therapies that enable us to be more independent, rather than going to hospitals or care centres.

In Europe, the introduction of ICT and telemedicine is estimated to increase the efficiency of healthcare systems by 20%. It would also improve the quality of life of patients, who will have the opportunity to become more active and be able to define the best way to delivery of health services.

What is the eHealth and mHealth?

eHealth refers to the transfer of health resources and health care by electronic means while mHealth is a sub-segment of eHealth and covers medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices. It especially includes the use of mobile communication devices for health and well-being services and information purposes as well as mobile health applications.

There are around 97,000 mHealth applications and the number are unstoppably increasing. However, this explosion of eHealth solutions needs to be regulated so that technology can benefit patients, ensuring they are protected and safe while using it.

What are EFA's main asks on e-Health? 

  • Regulating how data from eHealth solutions is stored and used, taking into account the sensitivity and privacy of health records;
  • Monitoring eHealth and mobile health (mHealth) apps and solutions by competent national or EU authorities to make sure they are safe to use;
  • Involving patients on research and tests of eHealth solutions to maximize applications’ usefulness (see our contribution to myAirCoach project)

EFA Policy documents on eHealth

What's new - eHealth for chronic diseases

 myAirCoach is in a crucial stage and all partners are intensifying their efforts to deliver the innovative mHealth tool that will improve the quality of life of people with asthma. To updat ...

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Systems medicine is a novel approach based on computer models which, by analyzing a large amount of clinical data, have the potential to improve the understanding of the diseases and raise the efficac ...

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Latest research - eHealth for chronic diseases

A new study from myAirCoach asking patients and healthcare professionals about their preferences and the utility of mobile health tools, confirms m-health potential for easier asthma control. It is  ...

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We are delighted about the European Commission confirmation that EFA is a suitable stakeholder to become member of the Health Technology Assessment pool network.  The HTA Stakeholder Pool will be ...

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Key Facts

75% of Europeans
think the Internet is a good way to find health information

97,000 health apps exist on the market

20% efficiency in healthcare
could be reached with ICT use