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We are pleased to release the second factsheet of the Imagining 2029 work programme. It offers a brief outline of what health data ecosystems are, how they can be built, and how they can underpin integrated care initiatives. It is based on the webinar hosted by EHTEL on Monday, 22 June 2020, with the contributions of EHTEL Digital Integrated Care Taskforce (DICT).

The webinar took place with the contributions of EHTEL DICT chair, Rachelle KAYE of Assuta Medical Centers (Israel) and Saara MALKAMÄKI of Sitra (Finland), and the support of three European projects – InteropEHRate, Digital Health Europe and SCIROCCO Exchange. The discussions were enriched by expert input from the virtual workshop attendees.

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1 September 2020

An EHTEL Factsheet:

Health data ecosystem for integrated care

– A new “blue ocean”

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Improving health and care integration is a continuing journey. Over the last two decades, digital technologies have played a critical role in supporting higher levels of coordination and integration through data collection and exchange. Lots of progress has been made on Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and people’s access to them, health information exchanges, and new eHealth services. The time has now come, however, for developing health data ecosystems to enhance integrated health and care. As a first step, these health data ecosystems are combining data captured by patients and health professionals to develop clinically sound and personalised digital health services.

Health data ecosystems can be considered a blue ocean where demand is created instead of fought over and competition is irrelevant because the rules are not set yet (Kim and Mauborgne, 2014). Enveloped by the concept of “blue oceans”, the session defined health data ecosystems, brought together different applications in the healthcare sector and discussed barriers and facilitators.



- Learn more about Imagining 2029 work programme

- Discover Digital Integrated Task Force agenda for 2020: Building Health Data Ecosystems for Integrated Care

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