Impact of the digital healthcare revolution on health insurance
The EESC believes that equal access to healthcare, one of the main objectives of health policies, can benefit from digital support provided certain conditions are met:
- equal geographical coverage;
- interoperability among the various components of the digital architecture (databases, medical devices);
- protection of health data which must under no circumstances be used to the detriment of patients.
The EESC also highlights the need to:
- develop and facilitate people's digital health literacy to encourage a critical approach to health information;
- guarantee good quality information in the field of health, particularly by encouraging labelling/accreditation procedures for health applications;
- bolster the relationship of trust between patients, health professionals and stakeholders in health insurance schemes;
- introduce a training system suited to health service users and health professionals alike;
- support the development of a nomenclature of reimbursable treatments and well-being services by taking account of technical innovations made possible by digitisation.
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