InteropEHRate presented end-user co-creation processes at the European Parliament
On 5 February 2020, the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) co-organised a high-level meeting at the European Parliament (EP) as part of the 11th European Innovation Summit organised by Knowledge4innovation. The event also celebrated the World Health Organisation 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife through the Nursing Now campaign which focuses on raising the status and profile of nursing globally, and on maximising the contribution that the nursing profession makes to the Universal Health Coverage.
The role of nurse as global force for good and nurses’ contribution as end-users to digitalisation of healthcare were the selected topics for discussion. Thibaut Kleiner from the European Commission’s (EC) DG Connect explained how one of the drivers of innovation is funding and gave a great importance to the two upcoming EU research funds – Horizon Europe and Digital Europe.
InteropEHRate and Smart4Health presented in the dinner debate “Digitalisation in the healthcare sector: end-user co-design”. Marc Lange from EHTEL presented the H2020 InteropEHRate project that is developing an interoperable and shareable Electronic Health Record that will put personal health data in people’s hands. InteropEHRate is applying co-creation processes with patients and healthcare professionals to design user interfaces in four pilot countries: Belgium, Greece, Italy and Romania. Ricardo Gonçalves, Smart4Health project coordinator from UNINOVA, explained how they are developing an online health platform together with a system of cross-operable Electronic Health Records.
MEPs, EC representatives of DG Research and DG Connect, Industry/SMEs and other attendants actively engaged in the debate, reinforcing the importance of fostering end-user co-design in digital health, especially the frontline nurses.