Building capacity to use interoperable digital health solutions – The XpanDH project kicks off

21 February 2023

We are pleased to announce the start of a new EU-funded project, XpanDH, ‘Expanding Digital Health through a pan-European Electronic Health Record exchange format based Ecosystem’. With a consortium of 26 partners and 1 associate partner from 12 European countries, the project will mobilise and build capacity in individuals and organisations to create, adapt and explore the purposeful use of interoperable digital health solutions based on a shared adoption of the European Electronic Health Records Exchange format (EEHRxF) across Europe. XpanDH will thrive on past and ongoing eHealth interoperability projects and services through digital health data activism and strong patient engagement for the successful realisation of the European Health Data Space (EHDS).

The project will concentrate on leveraging an established network of networks and a vibrant ecosystem to support the adoption of the European Electronic Health Record Exchange format. This will ensure that the digital health actors involved are motivated, inspired and supported to advance to concrete adoption of the EEHRxF by guidance and real examples organised as a collection of tools, resources, and technologies that are used to enable interoperability between different healthcare systems and applications.

Interoperability in healthcare refers to the ability of different healthcare information systems and technologies to communicate, exchange, and use data seamlessly across organisational, vendor, and geographic boundaries. The project pursues the goal of maturing and accelerating a sustainable and scalable interoperability environment in Europe for digital health innovations based on the EEHRxF, involving both the supply and demand sides of healthcare provision.

EHMA is a consortium partner in this project and we will be involved in supporting stakeholder engagement by creating guides for users, health professionals, patients, health systems; and expanding the networks around XpanDH adoption domains. Further, we will support communication and dissemination activities to distribute technical and public policy and practice information. Our involvement will ensure that the health management ecosystem can easily source support to advance the concrete use of EEHRxF-embedded digital health solutions.

The project formally kicked-off with a two-day meeting in Lisbon, Portugal on 15-16 February 2023 and will continue for two years. During the meeting, the partners went through all the tasks, activities and phases of work and planned immediate actions. Prof Henrique Martins, MD of ISCTE Knowledge and Innovation Centre, Coordinator of XpanDH, stated “…the development of X-bundles will benefit all European citizens who use MyHealth@EU services, which currently features prescription/eDispensation, patient summaries and, in the near future, laboratory reports, imageology and hospitals discharge letters, as stated in EEHRxF specifications”. Together, the digital health partners involved will bring the much needed change in the health data domain to ensure better care for all.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not reflect those of the European Union or HaDEA. Neither the European Union nor HaDEA can be held responsible for them.


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