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Imagining 2029

How do you imagine health and care in 2029 in an era of digital transformation?

EHTEL is working towards imagining the future of health and care systems in 2029. It encourages active input from all the members of its ecosystem. To move ahead, it is including relevant, exciting advances from  the European Union-supported projects in which the association participates, as well as from its own working groups and task forces.  


EHTEL imagines a positive, digital future in which all citizens will have better access to their health data and to their health care and healthcare services thanks to digital tools and mobile apps. Health system as a whole will benefit from a future in which health and care professionals from many different sectors, including the hospital and home, work closely together with citizens - using digital technologies. A more synchronised use of data will also improve the response of governments to pandemics, such as the 2020-2021 COVID-19 oubreaks, and will benefit the growth of European businesses and industries.

The big picture is the Common European Data Space

Europe is planning a European Data Space. Seven sectoral data spaces contribute to the space as a whole: a key one is health.

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Upcoming in 2022 and 2023 in the health data space debate will be a shift towards cloud services, including a cloud services marketplace and a rulebook. Processing personal health data? A code of conduct will be an important key direction.

Many of EHTEL’s Imagining 2029 activities, including videos and factsheets have already concentrated on the importance of data, data sharing, and the European Health Data Space. EHTEL’s collaborations with important European projects and thought leader organisations have been key to these developments.

Looking forward to 2029 and a digital future for health and care

2021 has already shown how technologies are influencing the way health and care are organised and are seen. This change is happening at a moment when – as a result of the 2019-2020 COVID-19 outbreak – health and care challenges are affecting so forcefully the way we live. They are changing the daily routine of each and every one of us, disrupting our social and working lives, and offering us opportunities to get more involved in health and social care management and provision.

EHTEL is operating in this new era of digital health and care as a large-scale collaboration. EHTEL will continue to work with its members, helping you to join forces to propose and implement new solutions, make progress, and confront the serious challenges we all face in health and care.

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Based on this future-facing framework, EHTEL is developing a year’s work programme with its members.

What is EHTEL doing?

This year, EHTEL’s Imagining 2029 edition is structured in two tracks: Innovation and Transformation.

Innovation will focus on important topics like European Health Data Spaces, data governance, and citizen-centric data sharing. Transformation, in turn, will concentrate on crucial issues such as the collaborative management of medicines and medication health records, the evolution of health data standardisation, and the governance of digital health.

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The convergence between innovation and transformation

At the end of 2022, both tracks – innovation and transformation – will converge together in the organisation of the 2022 EHTEL Symposium. To be held in November/December 2022, the synergies and inter-relationships between the two tracks will act as the basis of the Symposium design.

To take a look back in time at EHTEL’s heritage of work on developing future components of digital health, discover the EHTEL 20th Anniversary page.



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