The role of ASIP Santé at European level
Public Policy | 22 May 2010
E-health is a cross-border issue and naturally lends itself to cooperation and networking. Since 2004, e-health has been one of the priorities of the European Commission and its health policy. The Commission's ambition is clear: to promote compatible, secure health information systems, which foster the free movement of persons and the continuity of care within the European Union. Against this backdrop, ASIP Santé is playing a decisive role, particularly in two European projects: epSOS (the Smart Open Services for European Patients project) and HPRO Card (the European Health Professional Card project).
A structuring role in the development of european projects
Only the member states themselves have the authority to determine the ways in which e-health is applied. However, the European Union plays its part by complementing the initiatives taken at national level, to coordinate the efforts made by each country. In practice, the European e-health policy encourages pilot projects, which contribute to the deployment of secure shared health information systems that are interoperable between member states.
ASIP Santé's scope of activity enables it to play a structuring role, to bring coherence and know-how to the development of European e-health projects. ASIP Santé is therefore playing a leading part in the development of two wide-ranging European initiatives that aim to improve the coordination of treatment and continuity of care in Europe.
Defining the technical architecture and semantic services of the epSOS project
The Smart Open Services for European Patients (epSOS) project was launched on 1 July 2008. It is being driven forward by 12 countries in the European Union. Its objective is to define an e-health interoperability framework, by developing access to an overview of patient health information (the Patient Summary), and an electronic prescription service called the ePrescription. These services, which are interoperable between the different health information systems in each of the Member States, will allow healthcare professionals to access health data about patients who have given their consent, in a secure manner, from country to country. ASIP Santé is is running a pilot project to define the entire technical architecture of epSOS, based on the national Reference Frameworks Repository (RFR) which was set up as part of the French relaunch programme to promote the sharing and exchange of information. ASIP Santé is also responsible for defining the development of semantic interoperability.
Leading the HPRO Card consortium
ASIP Santé has also been participating in the HPRO Card project since its launch on 1 March 2008. The aim of the HPRO Card project is to study interoperability between the different European systems currently in use for authenticating healthcare professionals, and to determine the best specifications for creating a European card in the future. The project is exploring the practical aspects of implementing a common identification and authentication procedure for these professionals. ASIP Santé is leading the steering committee for the project consortium, alongside the French pharmacists' association. On 18 November 2009, the HPRO Card European consortium submitted to the Commission the results of its study on the technical and legal conditions for implementing a European health professional card.