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Healthcare needs leaders with vision, a medtech bigwig with empathy, values and responsibility. The recovery of health systems and accelerated digital transformation after the COVID-19 pandemic, cross-border projects initiated by the European Commission, the rise of digital therapy and the strengthening of digital health governance are the issues of the outgoing year 2022. Well, let's take stock! Digital health continues to evolve dynamically: the number of telemedicine services remains consistently high, digital health startups have received record funding, and healthcare providers are investing in IT infrastructure like never before. Access to reliable data for pandemic surveillance and disease prevention has been high on the global agenda ever since the World Health Organization opened its Pandemic and Epidemic Data Center. Last but by no means least, millions of patients around the world have installed coronavirus tracking apps and used telemedicine services. COVID-19 also revealed significant shortcomings in predicting, detecting, assessing and responding to epidemic outbreaks - and this despite the numerous medical registries and organizations set up to protect humanity from pandemic outbreaks, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their European equivalent or WHO with a $5.84 billion budget for 2020-2021. It has become even more apparent that we have a lot of data, but most of it is scattered or of poor quality. In other words, we have a lot of data but little analysis. There were some unexpected glitches, too. The pandemic exposed a number of problems: the gap between science and politics (if politicians had followed the scientists, the COVID-19 pandemic might already have been defeated), misinformation on the Internet and social media, putting the interests of individual states ahead of health care equity, monopolies of big tech companies. Finally, health systems will have to rethink "health democracy," how to take care of people who don't trust health care providers and governments. A French technological transformation with a social connotation. Digital transformation, the climate crisis, and social rights should be the main areas of focus. France aims to become a leader in digital health and is serious about this priority, investing 650 million euros, as announced by Health Minister Olivier Veran in October 2021. The digital health strategy includes preventive medicine, telemedicine appointments, surgical robotics and medical devices based on artificial intelligence. This approach could also influence health goals during the presidency of the Council of the European Union. EU megaprojects are beginning to stimulate local investment and regional initiatives! Creating European data spaces, including the European Health Data Space (EHDS), is a priority for the European Commission for 2019-2025. It's time to get specific. This project aims to strengthen the exchange of health data between different European stakeholders and facilitate access to data for research, health policy, and innovation development. Local centers that will carry out projects under the EHDS are growing. Investment in EHDS will be supported by the EU4Health program for 2021-2027. Another key European Commission priority for the next year was readily apparent during Ursula von der Leyen's speech at the World Health Summit organized at the end of October 2021. The president of the European Commission focused mainly on a project known by the acronym HERA. The Health Environment Research Agenda For Europe aims to strengthen the role of science and research in political strategies. The time has come to separate from the multitude of fitness and wellness tools high-quality applications approved as medical products, meeting safety criteria, with proven health benefits. So that doctors can recommend them to patients without concerns about data safety or therapeutic benefits. Germany already took this step in 2019 by introducing apps on prescription DiGAs. In October 2021, at the Health Innovation Days in Paris, President Emmanuel Macron announced that France would copy the German model for evaluating health apps. Other countries may follow Germany and France, with 20 countries interested in adopting DiGA.