POSITIVE PROGNOSIS FOR eHEALTH STANDARDIZATION. European Standards Organizations Launch Joint Project on Interoperability of eHealth standards

Brussels, 7 February 2008

CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI, the three European Standards Organizations (ESOs) are pleased to announce the launch yesterday of the joint project 'eHEALTH-INTEROP', which will address the requirements of the European Commission mandate on standardization in the field of e-health. This mandate (M/403) aims to provide a consistent set of standards to address the needs of this rapidly-evolving field for the benefit of future healthcare provision.

The project will have two phases. In phase 1, a team of appointed experts reporting to the ESOs will examine the portfolios of existing standards from the many different organizations in the sector, including international formal bodies and industry standards consortia.

Analysis of sector needs and recommendations for specific standards development will subsequently be carried out in full consultation with other international partners and a work program will be produced that reflects the need for coherent, cost-effective, and secure provision of electronic healthcare services.

Phase 2, in 2009 and 2010, will see the execution of that work program.

Detailed work on the project is due to start early in March 2008 with the completion of phase 1 foreseen for September 2008. This will be followed by public consultation on the draft work program and final reporting to the European Commission: a conference will fully discuss possible solutions.

CEN, CENELEC and ETSI are now looking for experts to participate in phase 1 of ‘eHEALTH-INTEROP'. Experts with substantial experience in e-health and/or relevant standardization activities are requested to apply before the end of February 2008.The call for experts is online at http://www.cen.eu/cenorm/sectors/sectors/isss/index.asp.

For more information, please contact Ms. Shirin Golyardi, NEN,[email protected].

About CEN, CENELEC and ETSI:

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) are the three officially responsible European standardization bodies that help shape the European Internal Market.

CEN and CENELEC are based in Brussels (Belgium) and ETSI is located in Sophia Antipolis (France). CENELEC deals with the standardization of products and services in the fields of electricity, electronics and associated technologies, ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies; CEN covers all other industry and service sectors.

Between them, the three organizations work with over 70.000 experts from industry and societal and environmental interest groups who develop European Standards (EN) and other specifications for more than 480 million people.

Their work directly increases market potential, encourages technological development and guarantees the safety and health of consumers, as well as the environmental protection.

For further information about this news release, please visit: www.cen.eu - www.cenelec.eu - www.etsi.org