Digital Health and Pain policy

The inclusion of pain as a disease under the World Health Organization (WHO) 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) was a key development.

In January 2021, SIP responded to the European Commission’s Health Data Space Roadmap. SIP called for the implementation of the ICD-11 definition of pain throughout healthcare systems to improve the analysis of health systems performance, and to provide the research community with data to facilitate further clinical research. According to experts in the field, ICD-11 and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), will contribute to the transformation of healthcare in the context of the Digital Single Market.

The creation of a European Health Data Space will ensure the appropriate use, access, and sharing of health data for healthcare delivery purposes, and will allow the use of data for research, innovation, and policymaking.

On 31st March 2022, SIP hosted a multi-stakeholder virtual event entitled “How can digitalising health services reduce the societal impact of pain?” to discuss the recommendations from its Position Paper on Digital Health: Pain Assessment and Quality Indicators.

On this occasion, SIP officially launched its Position Paper on Digital Health. You can download the SIP Position Paper on Digital Health here. For more information on the launch event, please click here.

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