Unlocking the potential of mobile health

The European Commission has launched a consultation on mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.

Consumer and patients’ organisations, health professionals and health organisations, public authorities, app developers, telecommunications service providers, mobile device manufacturers, individuals and all interested parties are invited to respond to the consultation, by 3 July 2014. Examples of the questions being asked are:

1. What safety and performance requirements should apply to lifestyle and wellbeing apps?

2. Which security safeguards could ensure health data is safe in an mHealth context?

3. What is the best way to promote mHealth entrepreneurship in Europe?

Respond by e-mail at CNECT-GREEN-PAPER-mHealth@ec.europa.eu

or by post to:

European Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology

Unit H1, Health & Well-being

Avenue de Beaulieu/Beaulieulaan 31, Brussels 1049 – Belgium.

The Commission will publish the summary of responses in the fourth quarter of 2014; possible policy actions are expected in 2015.

Background

mHealth is an emerging part of #eHealth @EU_eHealth, where Information & Communication Technologies are used to improve health products, services and processes. It is a promising area to supplement the traditional delivery of healthcare, and complements rather than replaces it.

Published in 2012, the Commission’s eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 recognised the current and potential benefits of mobile health apps, as well as potential associated risks, and announced this Green Paper on mHealth.

This Green Paper is accompanied by a Staff Working Document to raise stakeholders awareness of EU rules on data protection, medical devices (helping them determine whether such legislation applies to their apps or not) and consumer directives.