In early December 2019, an alliance of several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) put forward an oral question to the European Commission regarding the transformation of the digitalisation of health and care – including the use of digital tools for early detection.
In a recent communication, the European Commission explained its ambition to encourage the use and development of digital media in the different phases of an integrated vision of healthcare – disease prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment, care and follow‑up. This is to be implemented while ensuring targeted research, the training of caregivers and healthcare professionals, and the provision of information to patients.
On behalf of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, MEPs Bartosz Arłukowicz, Sara Cerdas, Frédérique Ries, Margrete Auken, Luisa Regimenti, Joanna Kopcińska, and Kateřina Konečná asked:
- What is the Commission planning to do to ensure that healthcare professionals are qualified and help Member States and regions in disseminating the knowledge and skills needed by citizens?
- How does the Commission intend to guarantee patient confidentiality? How will it guarantee the security and independence of software solutions and connected objects?
- Does the Commission agree that people must remain the central concern in the changes brought about by the digital revolution?
- What actions does the Commission intend to take to ensure that patients have secure access to their data and to information on the decision-making process?