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27 Eur. J. Health L. 1 (2020)

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                                                                    European Journal
               EUROPEAN   JOURNAL  OF  HEALTH  LAW  27 (2020) 18         of
                                                                      Health Law
 BRILL
N IJ H O F F                                                        brill.com/ejhl




Innovative Technologies in Healthcare, Beware of

the   Pitfalls




1       Introduction


In its 2014 opinion on  'the future EU  Agenda  on  quality of healthcare with
a special emphasis  on patient  safety',2 the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of
Investing in Health (EXPH)3  indicates five dimensions of healthcare quality:


      1.   effective, and improve health outcomes
      2.   Safe, and prevent avoidable harm  related with care;
      3.   Appropriate,  and comply   with current medical  knowledge   as well
           as meeting  agreed standards;
      4.   Patient-centred, and involve patients/people  as key partners in the
           process of care;
      5.   Efficient, and equitable, and lead to the best value for the money
           spent and  to equal access to available care for equal need, utilisa-
           tion and quality of care for all.


To achieve  these objectives, present days focus is very much on digital health
technologies. It is assumed  that the use  of these technologies  will improve
efficiency and quality of healthcare.



1  This editorial is based on the keynote speech presented at the 7th conference of the EAHL,
   held in Toulouse in September 2019. See also on the subject of artificial intelligence in
   healthcare, Titti Matson, 'Digitalisation and Artificiel Intelligence in European Healthcare,
   Eur.j Health L. 26(4) (2019) 285-288.
2  Specifically, the EXPH was asked to consider the core dimensions of quality of healthcare,
   including patient safety in the EU; to define the dimensions that should be given priority at
   EU level in order to improve quality of healthcare, as well as the actions that could be taken
   at EU level to address the selected dimensions; to demonstrate what would be the added
   value of proposed EU actions; to specify what information is needed to assess quality and
   safety of healthcare in the EU. These issues were considered by the EXPH in the context
   of the Directive on Cross Border Health Care (Directive 2011/24/EU). EXPH, Final Report
   on future EU Agenda on quality of healthcare with a special emphasis on patient safety,
   9 October 2014.
3  The Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) was set up by the European
   Commission Decision 2012/C 198/06.


© KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2020 1 DOI:10.1163/15718093-12271453

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