eHealth & Cancer Hub

Health data and data management are crucial when it comes to building a healthier society and empowering patients and citizens.

Information and communication technologies improve the whole life cycle of health issues, from prevention through diagnosis to treatment, monitoring and management of health and lifestyle. The digitalisation of the healthcare sector forms part of the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy and has enormous potential.

In 2018, the European Commission adopted a Communication and a Staff Working Document on Digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market to boost European Union action and provide EU citizens with access to safe and top quality digital services in health and care. See the Summary Infographic on Health and Care in the Digital Single Market.

The Communication identifies as priorities:

  • secure access by citizens to their health data, also across borders;
  • personalised medicine through shared European data infrastructure, allowing researchers and other health professionals to pool resources across the EU; 
  • empowering citizens with digital tools for user feedback and person-centred care (mobile health solutions, personalised medicine). 

ECL is in favour of embracing the increasing value of eHealth in patient-centered cancer cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

This page features resources, publications, and other useful updates on eHealth and cancer in Europe. 

ECL’s Activities related to eHealth


  • ECL is having discussions on specific areas of ehealth and cancer with various partners, institutions and stakeholders.

MAY 2021

ECL, as the Secretariat for the MEPs Against Cancer Interest Group, supported the organisation of ESMO Public Policy Webinar on the General Data Protection Regulation and its impact on clinical research. 

APRIL 2021 

ECL joined the Joint Action Towards the European Health Data Space  (TEHDAS) – ECL was selected to participate as a stakeholder in: WP4 Policy forum  and WP5 Work package permanent advisory group.


ECL’s Director spoke at the AI4People 2020 Summit during the working session on healthcare.

JULY 2020

ECL has joined the relaunched 2020 EU eHealth Stakeholder Group  (more info here) in order to:

  • provide advice and expertise to the Commission on health data, digital health services, health data protection and privacy issues, digital tools for citizen empowerment and person centred care, AI and other cross cutting aspects linked to the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market;
  • contributing to policy development and the implementation of the Communication on enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market by discussing topics and issues relevant to legislation or policy related to eHealth and to the implementation of the Communication.


ECL published its vision for Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan  (see pages 9-12), which includes recommendations for:

  • harnessing the potential of health data to drive improvement in cancer control and care;
  • facilitating  the implementation of Cross-border Healthcare Directives and the growth of European Reference Networks; 
  • streamlining digitalisation and workforce optimisation.
Info and resources from EU institutions & ECL’s Partners and Collaborators