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To promote individual and community health in a global environment, and enable a robust and innovative ecosystem of eHealth/health IT that supports the electronic exchange of human- and machine-readable health, clinical, medical and management information to advance the health of individuals and communities, we must maintain and enhance inter-governmental cooperation and also collaboration between governments and the private sector. The Memorandum of Understanding between The United States Department of Health and Human Services and The European Commission on Cooperation Surrounding Health Related Information and Communication Technologies (MOU) was signed in December, 2010, to demonstrate our shared dedication to cooperation addressing these challenges. Exploration of specific potential activities and approaches to implementing transatlantic interoperability, consistent with the principles and vision described in HHS-EC MOU require careful and inclusive analysis. This action plan articulates early, concrete steps toward the transatlantic interoperability and health IT workforce goals.

Scope Statement

This action plan focuses on activities to advance the goals for cooperation around health related information and communication technology, as commemorated by the HHS-EC MOU, and with a specific emphasis on two areas identified in the MOU as having immediate importance and potential:
  1. international interoperability of Electronic Health Records information, to include semantic interoperability, syntactic interoperability, patient and healthcare provider mediated data exchange (including identification, privacy and security issues surrounding exchange of health data); and
  2. cooperation around the shared challenges related to eHealth/health IT workforce and eHealth proficiencies.

Action Plan

Public, academic and private-sector stakeholders from the EU and US are invited to participate in this potential collaboration. Virtual meetings and other online communications tools will be utilized to build a collaborative environment supporting participants’ engagement. This Collaboration Roadmap is being accompanied by an immediate Call for Stakeholder Engagement. Stakeholders will be invited to engage in the identified work stream(s) of interest to them.
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