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The Digital Health Society
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The Digital Health Society



Born during the Estonian EU Presidency in 2017, the Digital Health Society (DHS) movement is a community of organisations with Member States, Regional Governments, Health and Care Providers and Professionals, SMEs/start-ups and large companies, Research Organisations, Citizens’ and Patients’ groups, Insurers and Mutual Funds, NGOs, etc. 

Over 200 organisations have joined the DHS movement in 2017, and more continue to join in 2018.



The Digital Health Society, an open multi-stakeholder movement, is both: 

  •  A Digital Health thought leadership platformto exchange knowledge, experiences, best practices, success stories;
  •  A Lab, an Innovation Factory able to incubate and accelerate research & innovation projects and experimentations, but also, with the “Coalition of the Doers”, to deploy at large-scale innovative solutions for Digital Health. We will utilise the existing Networks of our members, in Regions, Countries and Communities to ensure practical implementations.


 All the stakeholders have their own agenda and priorities but are united in a determination to actually talk less and do more.




  • Citizen/human-centred
  •  Multi-stakeholders initiatives
  •  Platform for a participative and open movement
  •  Focus on actions enabling the large-scale deployment of evidence-based solutions
  •  Pragmatic approach: a “coalition of the doers” (early-adopters) and then snowball effect to engage more stakeholders



All stakeholders willing to develop actions to foster the deployment of Digital health across Europe, are welcome to join the DHS movement, including:

  • Policy-makers at national, regional and/or local levels, with their administrations, agencies and intermediaries;
  • Health & Social Care Providers and professionals;
  • Companies (SMEs/start-ups, large industry), clusters, incubators
  • and accelerators, technology or science parks and trade associations;
  • Research centres, universities and engineering/business schools
  • Payers of health & social care (public & private);
  • Patients, citizens, consumers and families groups;
  • Investors;
  • Third sector.



Task Forces

  • TF1 - Convergence roadmap on Interoperability standards and Digital Telehealthcare protocol, led by Erik Gerritsen, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health of Netherlands
  • Citizen-controlled Data Governance and Data Donors, led by Angela Brand, Professor at the University of Maastricht
  • Legal Framework for the Free flow and the secondary use of data, led by Bleddyn Rees, Lawyer and digital health expert at Osbourne Clarke
  • Digital Transformation and change management in health and social care organisations, led by Richard Corbridge, CDIO Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, and Jane Carolan, National Directorat Health Business Services (HSE) in Ireland

Read here the abstract (slides) 


The Moonshot: 100 million Digitally Connected Healthy EU Citizens by 2027

The Digital Health Society movement has designed an ambitious research and innovation programme for health and wellbeing in Europe, enabled by key support activities and involving the EU citizens and the whole society. Its purpose is not to define each project or initiative but to define a moonshot target and to describe the components of the programme to reach this goal.

The moonshot aims to develop a series of support activities and research & innovation projects, driving to collect the data (relevant for health purpose) of 100 million European citizens, by 2027, and make them available (under conditions) for the purposes of:

  • Research
  •  Improvement of health and care services enabling both personalised health and population health management
  •  Citizens’ empowerment and self-management for a better health and wellbeing
  •  Innovation and development of innovative products and services


Read the full description of the moonshot

Read the abstract (slides)


How to join the DHS movement?


You can read all information about DHS here

Read and sign the DHS Declaration here (click on the button “Sign the Declaration” and fill the short form)

Join the Task Forces:










Watch the webinars



2017 archives


Watch the webinars

 1st Launch Webinar about the Estonian Presidency and the Digital Health Society
July 2017 

Presentation by Ain AAVIKSOO
Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia

Presentation by Julien VENNE
Strategic Advisor at ECHAlliance

Recorded webinar (video)


2nd Webinar about the Digital Health Society 
October 2017

Download the presentations

Watch the video


More information




Priorities of Estonia EU Presidency 2017 (video) 




The Conference


The conclusions and results of this collaborative work will be presented at the conference Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health, co-organised by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia, ECHAlliance and HIMSS Europe, in Tallinn, net 16-18 October 2017. 




The event is focusing on how digital technologies and wider use of health data are changing our lives and the ways of healthcare. Through a combination of educational sessions, interactive workshops and valuable networking opportunities, the conference will not only showcase already existing digital health solutions, but also use-cases and technologies to demonstrate that citizen-centric health services and systems are genuinely valuable. 

The programme is built around 3 mantras:

  • Building citizen-driven demand in eHealth
  • eHealth supporting the value driven and sustainable health and social services
  • eHealth as a driver of innovation and economic development

The sessions will present discussions around a broad range of topics, technologies and concepts such as: citizens access and control of their own health data, personalised health, Internet of Healthy things, blockchain, virtual reality, behaviour changes, smart cities, mHealth, cybersecurity, mental health, big data, interoperability and standards, prevention...

This multi-stakeholders conference will bring together the EU policy-makers (especially Member State ministers responsible for health and social affairs and regions), patients/citizens organisation representatives, large IT and healthcare companies and start-ups  healthcare professionals, hospital managers, researchers, insurers...




Presentation of the venue (video)