Despite the economic crisis, the global telemedicine market grew from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $11.6 billion in 2011. The global mHealth market is even set to grow to €17.5 billion a year by 2017.
There is important support from the European Parliament for the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020. Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission leading the digital agenda, said: “In particular, I welcome the Parliament’s insistence on the importance of interoperability of eHealth systems and the need for the Commission to take a leading role in establishing international standards and an EU eHealth Interoperability Framework.” We also think this should be top priority. It is very important that there is an interoperability standard for telemedicine because only with such a standard, all eHealth, mHealth, telemonitoring and telemedicine providers will and can work together to make care and cure more efficient. Some EU countries spend up to 15% of their budgets on healthcare; this percentage needs to go down. eHealth implementations can help to make that happen!