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On Tuesday 4 November the European Commission adopted a Communication to support and improve access to telemedicine for EU citizens and healthcare professionals across Europe. In response to a call for action from Member States, this initiative aims to increase and broaden telemedicine services, including diagnosis, treatment and monitoring at a distance across Europe. Such services will allow, for example, a patient suffering from a rare retinal disease to be diagnosed in his hometown by a specialist working at a European Centre of Excellence for eye diseases located thousands of kilometers away. The European Commission proposes 10 actions to address the related challenges in the years to come.
The actions proposed by the Commission are:
  1. To increase confidence and acceptance of telemedicine services among users. In particular by encouraging provision and dissemination of scientific evidence of its effectiveness and cost effectiveness.
  2. To bring legal clarity on existing EU legislation regarding telemedicine services and encourage member states to improve provision of telemedicine services.
  3. To solve technical problems such as the lack of adequate community-wide broadband infrastructure and interoperability of telemedicine devices.
This Communication defines the necessary steps to be  taken by member states, the European Commission and stakeholders including healthcare providers and the industry.
For more information on the adoption of the Telemedicine Communication, click here.