Project Calliope – A European Thematic Network for eHealth Interoperability

author: Tanja Niederländer, Federal Ministry of Health, Republic of Austria
published: Feb. 19, 2010,   recorded: January 2010,   views: 4562


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CALLIOPE Thematic Network

CALLIOPE stands for "CALL for InterOPErability in Europe" with the focus on eHealth. It is funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community.

CALLIOPE is a network of collaborating organisations mandated with the planning and implementation of eHealth. CALLIOPE has a membership of 34 organisations representing national governments and eHealth competence centres and 11 EU‐level stakeholder organisations of health professionals, patients, health insurers and industry.

CALLIOPE seeks consistency that can be pursued through mutual learning, building consensus on good practices, win‐win situations for all stakeholders, and common specifications for implementing interoperable solutions. All CALLIOPE’s work is done in close liaison with the Commission Services and the relevant standardisation bodies.

CALLIOPE’s ultimate goal is to turn the Network into a sustainable mechanism. It will in the future address emerging challenges to EU level interoperability. It will build on its inherited governance, infrastructure and network management mechanisms including its targeted dissemination activities.

Priority areas

  • Propose a European Road Map for eHealth interoperability
  • Contribute to the next issue of the EU Recommendation
  • Contribute to Standardisation Activities in eHealth

All European member states are committed to implement the EC Recommendation1, some regions and countries, however, are more advanced in doing so than others in terms of their capacity to implement appropriate solutions. To enhance the possibility of interoperable and cross‐border services, CALLIOPE will deliver a Road Map proposal as well as an over‐worked “guideline” of the EC Recommendation. Latest findings on these tasks as well as planned future steps will be presented.

Together with other EU‐projects and initiatives (e.g. epSOS, Mandate 403), CALLIOPE tries to drive forward the need for interoperable solutions within the eHealth field on a European level. Consequently, in the up‐coming project phase measures will be taken to make a clear proposal of a European Interoperability Road Map.

Project duration: 01/06/2008 to 01/12/2010
Project budget: ~ € 500.000

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