by efn efn

Smart4Health is the European Project started in 2019 and coordinated by Uninova in which the EFN has been a key partner. The main objective of this project was to promote personalised health solutions through the universal exchange of Electronic Health Records in order to allow citizens and healthcare providers to collaborate in an integrated and digital way with citizens, healthcare professionals and researchers.

Large amounts of valuable citizen’s health data are generated and collected among several hospitals and healthcare providers across the EU and Europe. However, opportunities to reuse these data for research and better healthcare are often missed.

In order to address the key priorities indicated in 2017 by the European Commission, the consortium of Smart4Health EU project has been developed, tested and validated a platform prototype for the Smart4Health citizen-centred health record EU-EHR exchange. 

The development of the Smart4Health platform is from the technological perspective the key product of the project. The Smart4Health consortium aimed to empower each individual, increase their digital health literacy, and accompany EU citizens on their way to explore and make the most beneficial use of each personal EHR.

EFN actively participated in this project, which ended with 2 days of meetings in Madeira. In this final meeting, Pedro Ramos, Regional Secretary of Health of Madeira intervened saying: “We believe in digital, we believe in care”.

It is a key message for the entire healthcare sector and for nurses. Digital innovations and technologies can really facilitate the frontline activities.

But now, what’s next? EFN interviewed some of the key partners to better understand how to use the results of Smart4Health project for the future. Watch the interview on the EFN Youtube Channel.

What’s important to know? It is essential to follow the innovation, to collect health data and use it for improving research & innovation in the healthcare sector. In this context, nurses can play a key role as the closest healthcare professionals to patients.

In this path of innovation and digitalisation, it is essential not to leave anyone behind!