IC-Health @ Public Policy Exchange, Brussels
On Wednesday 28th February 2018, Michele Calabro, Policy and Communications Manager from the European Health Management Association, presented the IC-Health project at the Public Policy Exchange: Stepping Into a Digitalised Future: Integrating eHealth Into Public Healthcare Systems.
The event gave health practitioners and stakeholders the opportunity to reflect on the current progress of eHealth, understand the barriers and challenges and discuss the next steps in establishing achievable objectives and the successful implementation of digital healthcare transformation programmes. The European Union, and the European Commission in particular, aims to ensure a successful digital healthcare transformation in Europe, which includes facilitating feedback and interaction between patients and health care providers, and supporting citizen empowerment.
The IC-Health project is particularly relevant in this field. Empowering citizens requires giving them tools to have a greater understanding of their health and well-being. To do so is to allow citizens to be more independent in managing their own health and of their loved ones. Of course, doctors and health professionals remain at the core of a good health system, but an ageing population and the rise of chronic diseases put pressure on European healthcare systems. Citizens that feel comfortable enough to look themselves for health-related information can ease the pressure on health professionals by facilitating interaction between them.
The Internet is a means as any other to look for health-related information. Some citizens will be more inclined to trust books or radio programmes. No one can however deny that Internet gives one’s access to a colossal amount of literature and information. IC-Health aims to help citizens to sort through these pieces of information and select those that are trustworthy and of high-quality.
Do not hesitate to join our European platform to further debate the importance of good digital health literacy skills.