MedTech Europe works with policymakers and stakeholders to realise the potential of data-driven healthcare. Together we address digital health from various angles, including legal and regulatory aspects, technology issues, the value of digital health solutions and services as well as emerging technologies. By doing so, we focus on privacy and safety of digital health and health data including cybersecurity and interoperability. Those are needed to facilitate reimbursement and funding processes as well as the potential of artificial intelligence and precision medicine.
Medical technologies generate information and data that are critical for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and management of health and lifestyle. This data can be stored and accessed on electronic health records and personal devices, shared among patients and healthcare professionals, aggregated and processed with advanced data analytics.
Driving the digitalisation of healthcare
The medical technology sector is at the forefront of innovation in Europe with one of the highest numbers of patents filed every year. A lot of this innovation takes place in digital health as medical technology companies, large and small, aim to solve some of the big challenges in healthcare. Digital health refers to tools and services that use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and management of health and lifestyle. Digital health has the potential to improve access to care, quality of care and to increase the overall efficiency of the health sector. These tools and services can strengthen our healthcare systems at a time of growing shortages in the healthcare workforce, ageing populations and rising rates of chronic conditions. In short, the digitalisation of healthcare can revolutionise care delivery. The medical technology industry is a crucial partner in driving this change.
MedTech Europe’s work revolves around the goal to advance the digital transformation in healthcare, and to help realising the potential of digital technologies to improve healthcare systems. Our vision is for a digital health environment fostered by trust. To achieve this, existing barriers to the adoption of digital health need to be addressed.
MedTech Europe works towards achieving a greater vision for the digitalisation of the medical technology industry and healthcare in general in the four key topics below.
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Adoption of Digital Health
Digital health technologies (DHTs) present an opportunity for better, safer, and more efficient healthcare delivery systems. For instance, digital health technologies enable remote patient monitoring, improving access to healthcare and reducing access inequalities.
Safe, high-quality and trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to assist European health systems in responding to the major challenges they face. AI can substantially improve healthcare and patient outcomes.
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