From electronic health records to telemedicine, the digitization of healthcare in the countries of the European Union is progressing at different speeds and resembles a patchwork quilt. It is certainly true that there are a large number of promising European initiatives in the e-health sector. But a clear, pan-European vision is still lacking. In an impulse paper, we argue for an integrated e-health strategy. Particularly in times of crisis, a common approach offers advantages and strengthens the competitiveness relative to the powerful markets of China and the USA. This also extends to the development and distribution of European e-health solutions.