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Using smartphones to access patients' medical records

According to European Commissioner Stella Kyriakidou, the digitization of medical data is being encouraged by the EU

Maria Eracleous

Maria Eracleous

Electronic cross-border health services are expected to be gradually established in 25 EU countries by 2025. The goal is to provide better services and medical care to patients who are traveling, working, or studying in other EU countries in a timely, efficient, and safe manner. Electronic cross-border health services, such as e-prescriptions and summary health histories, will be available in European countries under the "Myhealth@EU" brand to protect and support travelers, according to the plan. As Stella Kyriakidou, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety stated at a press conference for Cypriot journalists in Brussels, such a development will alter the landscape of patient care. She also emphasized that it will be done in a way that protects the patient's personal information.  The digital health certificate that was used during the pandemic is an example of the digitization of medical data.

The digital health certificate that was used during the pandemic is an example of the digitization of medical data.

4 billion for cancer research

The cancer strategy will be presented to the Council of Health Ministers on Friday.  As Ms. Kyriakides pointed out, this is the most ambitious plan ever with a  budget of 4 billion euros. It addresses a variety of issues ranging from prevention to patient quality of life. It encourages screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer in 90% of eligible people in the EU, with the goal of reaching 90% by 2025. She stated that the new recommendations reflect the rapid advances in medicine and technology that have occurred since the current recommendations were adopted in 2003.  They are expected to broaden the age range for breast cancer screening to include women aged 45 to 74, among other things. The current age range is between 50 and 69 years. It is also proposed to gradually expand it to include prostate, lung, and stomach cancer screening. She also mentioned the development of EU guidelines and quality assurance systems. Simultaneously, it is being promoted through the European Cancer Action Plan to strengthen prevention through immunization. She also stated that by 2030, we hope to have vaccinated at least 90% of the EU target population for girls against the human papillomavirus while also significantly increasing vaccination among boys.

[This article was translated fro its Greek original]


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