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E-health, Italy 20th in Europe: poor coordination and falling ICT spending – CorCom

If Italy is among the top countries in the world as regards the national health systemthe same cannot be said for the digital healthcare. Indeed, on this ground we classify ourselves among the last of the class. This is what emerges from the report “Innovative Europe. The Way Forwardpresented today in Brussels by I-Com.

L’Italy ranks 20th in the European ranking relating to the level of digitalisation of health services, clearly below the main EU states. If it is true that the countries of northern Europe are in pole position, which “historically” in digital terms are ahead from every point of view – the best performances were recorded by Denmark, the Netherlands and Finland – other mature economies are far ahead of us. Spain is among the top performers in sixth place in the ranking, Germany is eleventh, France fifteenth. Latest in the class Romania, Poland and Bulgaria.

“The difficulties that Italy has registered depend above all on the fragmentation of competences in this area between the various levels of government involved and the regions”, underlines the president of I-Com Stefano da Empoli who oversaw the report. “The lack of coordination, together with a decreasing trend of public investments in ICT, explains Italy’s delay. It is necessary to get out of provincial and short-term logics to be able to compete successfully in Europe. A limit that does not only concern health but also extends to other sectors of the Italian public administration that would need to focus decisively on digitization to increase efficiency and improve the quality of services offered to citizens “.

Data economy, a 680 billion business in 2025

The study addresses the issue of innovation at a European level on a broad scale: in addition to e-health, energy and digital transformation are examined. I-Com recalls that according to the data released by the European Commission, digitization in Italy is growing at a pace that is too slow compared to the average. This is a transformation in which the data economy is central: in 2018 the impact was equal to 377 billion euros in Europe and it is estimated that, between now and 2025, it could reach almost 680 billion, with a growth of over 80%. But Italy is still behind: we are in eighteenth place in the standings, clearly below the European average. Within the next seven years, in some countries the impact of the data on the economy will be rather significant: this is the case of Estonia, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom where the effect will be between 5 and 10% , against a European average of just over 4.

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And the road to Italy appears long and uphill also in the field of artificial intelligence: of the more than 760 European start-ups active in the sector, only 22 are Italian. Regarding the energy sector, according to the institute’s analysts, despite the commitments undertaken since 2015 with the Paris agreement on climate change, the gap between the policies undertaken and the objectives set for 2050 is still wide. After reaching the historic record in 2018, pollutant emissions continue to rise. The huge regional differences weigh above all: if the European Union has recorded good performances in terms of reducing emissions – from 2008 to 2017 they decreased by about 30% – the same cannot be said for countries such as China and the ‘India. On the other hand, in the same period, in the Old Continent the share of renewable energy reached 17.5% while the highest percentage among the major European countries was recorded in Italy: in our country over 18% of energy produced comes from renewable sources.

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