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European Union: Spanish Presidency Endorses Potential Agreement Between European Union and United States on Electronic Health Care

(Apr. 2, 2010) On March 4, 2010, the Spanish Minister of Health and Social Policy, Trinidad Jiménez, in a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius, conveyed the support of the Government of Spain for a possible bilateral agreement between the two partners on digital healthcare. Spain holds the current Presidency of the European Union and will do so until June 2010.

Based on experience drawn from Spain's e-health project – which has successfully combined digital clinical history with electronic prescription data for easy access by health professionals and patients – the Spanish Minister called for collaboration in exchanging clinical information and creating technical interoperability between the digital healthcare project supported by the Obama administration and the European project. (The Spanish Presidency Supports the Idea of a Strategic Agreement Between the EU and the USA on Digital Healthcare, Spanish Presidency of the EU website,
(last visited Apr. 1, 2010).)