Better quality of care and controlled medical costs enable people to enjoy longer and more independent lives. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have already made a strong contribution to these goals, but much more remains to be done. eHealth technologies enable the delivery of higher quality and more efficient services to European citizens, irrespective of where they are. This is made possible by granting online access to personal health information, by supporting prevention and early diagnosis for diseases, by supporting personalised therapies and by implementing innovative telemedicine services. The smart use of technologies and innovation can help to address the challenges
healthcare systems are facing today, including an ageing population, a shortage of healthcare professionals and a lack of financial resources. Digital solutions to improve people’s quality of life can respond to the demand for sustainable healthcare systems.
The development and widespread adoption of eHealth technologies can also contribute to job creation, including in new emerging professions, as well as supporting smart growth.
Ultimately, ICT should enable users to better manage their health and lifestyle, with improved quality of services and reduced healthcare costs.