Creating a European Coordination Network for eHealth Interoperability Implementation (CALLIOPE)

At a Glance
  • Status: Completed Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2008
  • Initiating Organization: European Commission Sixth Framework Programme (FP6)
  • Initiator Type: Government
  • No disease focus
  • Location: Europe


The central goal of the CALLIOPE (Creating a European coordination network for eHealth interoperability implementation) consortium is to act as a forum for the diversity of stakeholders in the implementation of electronic health systems. The consortium was active from January 2008 to January 2010.


CALLIOPE’s main goal is to produce value for decision-makers in the field of eHealth. CALLIOPE offers a dedicated forum where decision-makers, implementers, professionals, patients, and other stakeholders can share visions, experiences, and good practices on how to establish interoperable eHealth services.

Consortium History

June 1, 2008: CALLIOPE was launched with an expected duration of 30 months.

In spring 2007 and following the Berlin 2007 High Level eHealth Ministerial Conference Declaration, an initial group of Member States took a major step toward an Open eHealth collaboration Initiative. The European information technology (IT) industry responded by forming an open industrial collaboration platform to serve as a partner in such European collaboration activities. CALLIOPE is one of two examples of collaboration projects — the other one being the epSOS eHealth Large-scale Pilot, funded jointly by Member States and the European Commission through its Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).  

CALLIOPE is part of the Open eHealth Initiative, which is driven by the health administrations of the different Member States. It was founded by 17 health authorities and 10 organizations representing physicians, community pharmacists, patients, industry, and health insurers. It represents a targeted effort to establish an appropriately governed, composed, and structured open forum, with the focal goal of supporting Member States in the implementation of interoperable eHealth solutions, in close collaboration with key stakeholders, including users, industry, and payers.

Structure & Governance

CALLIOPE has an Executive Committee and a Project Steering Committee. CALLIOPE Network Management has the overall responsibility for operating registration services, supporting users, communicating with users during the registration process, and maintaining the relevant registries. 

1. Openness and Transparency
Reports and other public deliverables are created in an open and transparent manner. Consultations and the processes of adopting reports, deliverables, and approaches are also made transparent. To facilitate openness, members communicate actively about CALLIOPE’s activities with language that is accessible and understandable to the full range of audiences. This is of particular importance to improve the confidence of those responsible for implementing the work plans, especially when complex issues are concerned.

2. Participation
The quality, relevance, and eventual impact of CALLIOPE outputs in driving and accelerating implementation of interoperable eHealth solutions in Europe depend on balanced participation of appropriately mandated stakeholders throughout the development chain—from conception to validation. Participation depends on appropriately involving stakeholders at the EU and national levels within the CALLIOPE network and open forum, respectively. Roles and communication flows across WGs, functions, and bodies are clear and specify how broad and multilevel involvement of stakeholders is facilitated.

3. Quality Assurance


CALLIOPE is financially supported by €500,000 from the European Commission, CIP PSP (Competitiveness and Innovations Policy Support Programme). In addition, the project mobilizes its own resources from organizations participating in WG activities, offered on a voluntary basis.

Intellectual Property

All information generated will be owned jointly by the parties and will be made public after approval by the Joint Steering Group.

Data Sharing

The CALLIOPE collaboration platform facilitates the sustainability of a trusted, open, equitable, informed and transparent dialogue. It synthesizes perspectives, opinions, and views, and it produces proposals that represent a balanced view and are accompanied by a clear statement of the achieved level of consensus. This process means that all stakeholders have an equal footing in CALLIOPE’s discussions. They have equal ownership of the process and its results.


The process of consensus-building has reached six main achievements.

  • Offering support to European decision-makers with regard to EU-level actions on eHealth
  • Enlarging active representation of EU and EFTA activities  
  • Enlarging active involvement of European eHealth stakeholder organizations
  • Developing and validating an open working method among stakeholders
  • Creating a working collaboration method between the appropriate eHealth large-scale pilot(s) and a wider range of Member States and stakeholders CALLepSO collaboration
  • Building an eHealth Interoperability roadmapping process

A full iterative cycle of the roadmapping process has been completed, and the second issue of the EU eHealth Interoperability Roadmap has been delivered.

Points of Contact

General Email:    

Zoi Kolitsi
CALLIOPE Project Coordinator
phone: 30 6944673779, 30 2107722382
fax: 30 2107722431

Sponsors & Partners

Administração central do sistema de saúde (acss)

Association internationale de la mutualite aim (aim)

Bundesministerium fuer gesundheit (bmg)

Bundesministerium fur gesundheit (bmg-at)

Center za sodobne izzive (csi)


Comite europeen de coordination des industries radiologiques electromedicales et d informatique de sante aisbl (cocir)

Comité permanent des médecins européens (cpme)

Continua health alliance private stichting (continua)

Department of health (nhs cfh)

Eesti e-tervise sihtasutus (eehf)

European federation of nurses associations (efn)

European health management association (ehma)

European health telematics association (ehtel)

European hospital and healthcare federation (hope)

Forum des patiens europeens asbl (epf)

Gematik gesellschaft fur telematikanwendungen der gesundheitskarte mbh (gematic)

Groupement pharmaceutique de l'union europeenne aisbl (pgeu)

Haskoli islands (univice)

Health level seven ellas (hl7hellas)

Institute of communication and computer systems (iccs)

Integrating the healthcare enterprise-europe aisbl (ihe europe)

Kith as - kompetansesenter for informasjonsteknologi i helsevesenet as (kith)

Medcom (medcom)

Ministere de la sante (mohlux)

Ministere de la sante, de la jeunesse, des sports et de la vie associative (msjsva)

Ministry for social policy (msoc) 

Ministry of Health (moh Bulgaria)

Ministry of Health (moh Iceland)

Ministry of social affairs and health (msah)

Norwegian directorate of health (helsedir)

Primary care diabetes europe ivzw (pcde)

Service public federal sante publique, securite de la chaine  alimentaire et environnement (fps public)

Spanish ministry of health and social policy (msps)

Stichting nationaal ict instituut in de zorg (nictiz)

Sveriges kommuner och landsting (salar)

Swiss Coodination Office for E-health (sceh)

Union europeenne des medecins specialistes-uems aisbl (uems)

Zavod za telemedicinu (ztm)

Zavod za zdravstveno zavarovanje slovenije (zzzs)

Last Updated: 04/14/2016

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