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Ain Aaviksoo presents the challenges of mHealth to the members of the European Parliament
Ain Aaviksoo, the Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs, will be speaking today at an event of the European Parliament’s Committees in Brussels on the issue of mHealth. He will be making a presentation on the importance of data protection and ownership in terms of mHealth.
“Today, health issues are solved and prevented more and more with the help of digital means, which is why the judicial area must keep up with such developments,” said Ain Aaviksoo, the Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs. “Estonia is one of the most advanced countries of the European Union in terms of the development of e-services and mHealth. This allows us to lead the way and influence the development of mHealth in the European Union. Estonia has extensive experience of solving legal and data protection issues through the use of practical solutions and appropriate technology.”
Aaviksoo as the chair of European Commission’s working group on mHealth will be giving an overview of future challenges facing the European Commission and Member States in the field of mobile digital solutions and of the best solutions to legal and privacy issues. The presentation is followed by a discussion with the members of the European Parliament.
The public hearing organised by the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will be focused on the solutions offered by e-services, including telemedicine and personal medicine, in preventing and treating diseases and the underlying challenges.
Estonia has started a program to recruit and genotype 100,000 new biobank participants as part of its National Personalized Medicine programme. Effort aims to develop personalized medicine in national healthcare.
The Estonian Government will allocate 5 million euros next year to a joint development project of the Ministry of Social Affairs, the National Institute for Health Development and the Estonian Genome Center of the University of Tartu. The project aims to collect the genetic data of 100 000 people and integrate it into everyday medical practice by giving people feedback of their personal genetic risks. The general purpose of the project is to boost the development of personalised medicine in Estonia.