EU-U.S. eHealth/ Health IT MOU Roadmap: Stakeholder Input Session

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
September 14, 2015


October 7, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Washington, DC | Location Ronald Reagan Building
Conference room | Meridian DE

The session presents an opportunity for feedback and dialogue among EU-U.S. eHealth/Health IT stakeholders on the draft next version of the EU-U.S. MOU Roadmap. The Roadmap represents a collaboration on eHealth/Health IT between the European Commission's DG CONNECT and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the auspices of the Transatlantic Economic Council, and includes support from the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of State.

This Stakeholder meeting takes place alongside Big Data & eHealth Leaders Forum, a conference attracting a C-Level audience from Pharma, Biotech, CRO, Payer, Provider and Technology companies driving the Life Science and Healthcare industry forward. Registered attendees to the stakeholder meeting can also attend executive style networking sessions by registering here (email Carina@phacilitate.co.uk)

1. Facilitators:

  • Frank Cunningham, Policy Officer, Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
  • Steven Posnack, Director, Office of Standards and Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Matthew Hein, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

2. Background:

The EU-U.S. Memorandum of Understanding aims to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in eHealth and Health Information Technologies. Over the last two and one-half years the Roadmap has guided the activities of the collaboration focusing on two high priority areas (work streams):

  • Standards Development, with the aim to advance the development and use of internationally recognized standards supporting transnational interoperability of electronic health information and communication technology; and
  • Workforce Development, with the aim to develop and expand the skilled Health IT workforce in Europe and the U.S.

Based upon stakeholder input, a third work stream is being launched as part of the updated Roadmap, focused on innovation within the eHealth/Health IT sector. EU and U.S. policymakers are particularly interested in discussing specific activities that can occur within this new work stream during the Stakeholder Session.

Stakeholders from the EU and U.S. have been actively involved in contributing to the Roadmap Actions through regular online meetings and bi-annual events.

3. Objectives of session:

This session follows a successful EU-U.S. eHealth/Health IT MOU Roadmap stakeholder consultation session held during the EU eHealth Week in May 2015 in Riga, Latvia. At this session in Washington, EU and U.S. officials will chair discussions with stakeholders and seek their views on the updated MOU Roadmap, in particular identifying some concrete actions of each of the work-streams listed in the Roadmap’s Annex. We also view this session as an opportunity for stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic to learn from each other and determine whether participants consider the updated Roadmap activities to be consistent with their current and future needs.

The following questions will be addressed:

  • In what ways can continued EU-U.S. collaboration build on the success of activities under the interoperability of patient summaries and Health IT Competency (HITCOMP) workforce tools developed under the previous Roadmap? What within the proposed work-streams could help make them more impactful?
  • Are there additional ideas to incorporate into the stakeholder-proposed 3rd work-stream focused on innovation?
  • Are there particular aspects of EU-U.S. collaboration related to the new proposed 3rd work-stream focused on eHealth/Health IT innovation that could have the most impact?

It is anticipated that the stakeholder discussions held during this session will provide valuable input to the detailed action items associated with the next version of the Roadmap. The Roadmap and its Annex are “living documents” and should evolve in line with current and future eHealth/Health IT stakeholder needs on both sides of the Atlantic.

We invite medical practitioners, patient advocates and representative bodies, public sector officials, eHealth/Health IT policy makers, suppliers of eHealth/Health IT systems, educators, and other interested parties to take part in this session to give their views and be part of the discussions on future EU-U.S. cooperation activities.

For Stakeholder Input Session registration please send an e-mail to team@phacilitate.co.uk with “EU-U.S.” in the subject line and specify your full name and organisation. Please note that space is limited.

EU-U.S. Contacts:

Steven Posnack, steven.posnack@hhs.gov, 202-690-7151
Frank Cunningham, frank.cunningham@ec.europa.eu, +32 229-68119