Transforming the patient experience with telehealth in Europe

Industry Advisory Team (IAT)

About the Industry Advisory Team

The Industry Advisory Team has supported the United4Health project with input and advice from industry, especially on technology, interoperability and regulatory matters.  The principal contributions include:

  • Guidance for the deployment sites’ procurements, including
    • a procurement workshop in June 2013 to assist the pilots in their acquisition of appropriate telehealth systems;
    • a checklist for buyers to help them evaluate vendor offerings regarding their compliance with interoperability and regulatory requirements; and
    • a vendor showcase where ten companies exhibited their solutions at a United4health meeting in Slovenia.
  • Two technical reports documenting the pilots’ use of technology and assessing their potential for scale (see deliverables D5.2 and D5.8);
  • A pilot site assessment of procurement practices and technologies (see D5.6 annex);
  • A regulatory environment report of telemedicine in Europe (see D5.5)
  • Several workshops with the deployment sites to review the adoption of interoperable technology, the impact of regulations, and the status of interoperability; and
  • Two “shop talk” events at telehealth conferences (May 2014 at mHealth Summit in Berlin and October 2015 at European Telemedicine Conference in Odense, Denmark) to demonstrate the use of telemedicine technology solutions in U4H.

List of the organisations involved in the IAT

  • Continua Health Alliance is an open industry coalition of healthcare and technology companies that work to establish an ecosystem of interoperable personal health solutions. CHA has more than 150 member companies, including multinational companies and SMEs. CHA was founded in 2006 in the United States; its European office was incorporated in Belgium in 2008. In 2014, CHA joined the Personal Connected Health Alliance, PCHA. (See www.continuaalliance.org)
  • COCIR, founded in 1959 and headquartered in Brussels, counts today more than 30 member companies and 14 national member associations in the radiological, electromedical and healthcare IT industry in Europe. It supports its members on issues which affect the medical technology sector, and works with various organisations promoting harmonised international standards and fair regulatory control that respects the quality and effectiveness of medical devices and healthcare IT systems. (See www.cocir.org)
  • GSMA represents the interests of the mobile telephone industry, with a membership of nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators from more than 200 countries, as well as nearly 250 other companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, and others. GSMA’s end goal is to drive the growth of the mobile communications industry. GSMA has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its headquarters in London, UK. (See www.gsma.com)