The European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology ("DG Connect") and HHS, after consulting with stakeholders, updated the roadmap for their Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") on eHealth/health information technologies.
DG Connect and HHS first published a "roadmap" for their actions under the MOU in the spring of 2013. The roadmap focused on two priority areas: (i) standards development to foster transnational interoperability of electronic health information and communication technology, and (ii) workforce skills to develop and expand the Health IT workforce in Europe and the United States. In late 2015, DG Connect and HHS agreed to add a third priority area, "Transatlantic eHealth/Health IT Innovation Ecosystems," to encourage innovation in the eHealth/Health IT industry. Specifically, the program seeks to identify key EU and U.S. stakeholders and enlist their support for greater collaboration between companies and ecosystems located in each jurisdiction. Program activities are outlined in the annex to the roadmap and will begin in fall 2016.
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