A report on the acute priorities for managing and exiting the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe has been published by the Digital Health Advisory Group for Europe (DHAGE). The report aims to propose cooperative solutions in the context of digital health challenges in Europe during the pandemic response. Furthermore, the implications on the use of health and social data for prevention, public health, clinical and research purposes were also addressed.
The three COVID-19 related challenges were:
The report highlights four calls to action and cooperation for pandemic response that can be summarised as the following:
DHAGE involves a wider group of key decision-makers in Europe with a focus on strengthening European cooperation and facilitating synergies between the work of the European Union, the World Health Organization, their member states, and the healthcare communities and stakeholder networks powered by HIMSS in Europe. DHAGE meetings are hosted by the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and HIMSS who co-chair the group.