News & Events
August 1, 2017

This is the newsletter of the European Commission’s eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing team. It is hosted by the Digital Agenda for Europe Newsroom. In this issue, August 2017: Top News, Policy, Research & Innovation, Calls, Events.


Public Consultation on Health and Care in the Digital Single Market
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market on 20 July 2017. This consultation investigates the need for policy measures that will promote digital innovation for better health and care in Europe and feed into a new Policy Communication to be adopted by the end of 2017. The consultation is open until 12 October 2017.
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Great achievements for the EU funded CHIC project
The novelty created by the large scale transatlantic CHIC project refers to a host of aspects of fundamental science, biomedical technology and future clinical medicine related to the quantitative understanding of cancer and the patient individualized treatment optimization of the disease.
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Contact : Research Professor Georgios S. Stamatakos

EU funded INHERIT project identifies ways of living, moving and consuming that protect the environment and promote health and health equity

INHERIT (INter-sectoral Health and Environment Research for InnovaTion) aims at stimulating effective policies, practices and innovations that address key environmental stressors of health and the underlying causes of health inequity.
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Contact : EuroHealthNet Office

EU-funded BigData@Heart project will contribute to the development of treatments for heart disease patients in Europe

BigData@Heart aims to develop a data-driven translational research platform of unparalleled scale and phenotypical resolution, aiming to improve patient outcomes and reduce societal burden of atrial fibrillation (AF), heart failure (HF) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
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See also : BigData@Heart
Contact : Linsey van Bennekom

The EU-funded MiRoR project will transform clinical research practice and increase its value

The MiRoR (Methods in Research on Research)project trains early stage researchers (ESRs) in the new scientific discipline of Research on Research that aims to identify and minimise persistent threats to medical research quality.
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EU funded RiboNets project has developed a RNA-based toolbox for cellular computing

The RiboNets project lies at the interface of computer science and synthetic biology. The project aims at programming cellular networks and community behaviour using newly engineered RNA based devices (RNAdevs) that transmit and process information within cells.
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Contact : Ilka Axmann

Register your project with the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

Are you promoting a project based in the EU? Register your project in the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) and boost its visibility to a large network of international investors. Or are you an investor looking for investment opportunities in areas such as healthcare or in financing SMEs? The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) will offer you a broad choice of viable projects.
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A new study shows that Europe is ready for free movement of Electronic Health Records
The study, entitled “Mapping out the obstacles of free movement of electronic health records in the EU in the light of single digital market”, shows that both patients and health professionals look forward to the development of e-health services and the legislation that supports the movement and the safe use of health data.
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European Reference Networks: testimonials of Elisa, Paula, Jasper and Daniel

Since March this year, the European Reference Networks are allowing doctors from 26 countries to share data and resources. The stories of four patients show how this works and how it tackles complex or rare diseases.
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Transforming eHealth into a political and economic advantage

This study, commissioned by MEP Michał Boni, explores the eHealth development rate among European countries and the various ways eHealth and mHealth solutions can contribute to more cost efficient healthcare systems. The study was presented at the European Parliament on the 8th of June.
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RELIEF Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) call for tender is now open!
RELIEF challenge is looking for interested entities to jointly innovate and looking for innovative ICT solutions to improve the self-management of chronic pain patients.
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See also : Call for tender

EMPATTICS project launches a call for tenders

The EMPATTICS project (funded through Horizon 2020) aims to discover innovative approaches to improve the level of knowledge and involvement of patients in the management of their disease and the prescribed treatments through Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP).
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Contact : Empattics

Silver Economy Awards open for application

The Silver Economy Awards is a new initiative to reward ICT-based innovative solutions that improve the lives of European seniors and support the growth of the European Silver Economy. If you offer such a solution and you represent a public authority, non-for-profit or for profit organisation, you can apply until 15 November 2017.
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Birth Day Prize – Win up to €1 million

This prize will be awarded to a novel solution that best demonstrates a reduction in maternal and/or newborn morbidity and mortality and/or stillbirths. You can apply until 6 September 2017.
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See also : Conference report ‘Research and Innovation for Maternal & Newborn Health’

INNOLABS is looking for experts and project ideas

The EU-funded INNOLABS project will select more than 100 innovative project ideas to accelerate and further support both financially and with services. They are also looking for eHealth experts.
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LUXCOR Health Event in Brussels
The LUXCOR health event gathered around 50 participants in Brussels on 19 June 2017. This first edition was co-organised by the Luxembourg Contact Office for Research & Innovation in Brussels (LUXCOR) and the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH). The topics addressed included Clinical and translational medicine, Big Data, eHealth and next-generation healthcare.
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Contact : Charles Betz, PhD

20 July 2017 — Desio, Italy

International Institute of TeleMedicine (IITM) organises digital health events
The International Institute of TeleMedicine (IITM) is organising three scientific events on eHealth taking place in Italy and France in October 2017.
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Contact : IITM

The Digital Health Society Declaration

The Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia is launching the Digital Health Society Declaration as a call for actions about “Health in the Digital society and the Digital society for health”. It will integrate inputs from all the stakeholders interested in the development of Digital health.
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Contact : Estonian EU Presidency

7 September 2017 — University of Luxembourg

Launch event of the EU funded ELIXIR in Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Node of ELIXIR, the European infrastructure for life science information, is organising a launch in event on September 7 at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine of the University of Luxembourg.
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Contact : Lucie Debroux

5 – 8 September 2017

E-Lab: ‘Services marketing for the elderly’
Supported by PEPITE Ozer, Université Grenoble Alpes, PEPITE Paris Centre, Sorbonne Université, and EIT Health, this E-Lab is for students and future entrepreneurs who want to know more about the elderly and how to include them in their business model.
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Contact : Marie prevost

11 – 15 September 2017 — 32 Leavygreave Rd, Sheffield S3 7RD, UK

2017 AAATE Congress on Assistive Technologies
The 14th annual congress of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) will feature many interesting health tech related topics and EU-funded projects on integrated care and mild cognitive impairment.
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12 – 13 September 2017 — Hilton Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Internet of Health Conference
The Internet of Health Conference is tailored for clinicians, healthcare managers and technology leaders looking to harness the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) to transform operational efficiency and improve patient care.
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19 – 20 September 2017 — Forskningsparken – Oslo Science Park

INNOLABS organises a Digital Healthcare Hackathon in Oslo
Applications for the Digital Healthcare Hackathon are open The event is organised by the EU funded INNOLABS project, and takes place in Oslo, Norway,on 19-20 September.
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See also : Oslo Medtech
Contact : Oslo Medtech

20 – 22 September 2017 — Rome, Italy

Shaping the future of pediatrics
‘Shaping the future of pediatrics’ is the first conference on innovation in pediatrics in Europe. It will involve pediatricians, nurses, researchers, patients, entrepreneurs, and specialists in different areas in the field of innovation in pediatrics. The conference will include sessions on omics, Big Data, patient empowerment and the cycle of innovation in pediatrics.
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21 – 22 September 2017 — Madrid (Spain)

Realising the Value from Health Data – Improving Care and Research
At the 2017 i~HD Conference you can find out how big data can be used for clinical research, how hospitals are successfully reusing patient data as ‘Learning Health Systems’, and how they are improving their data quality. A major part of the conference will be dedicated to patient perspectives on reusing their health data for research.
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21 – 22 September 2017 — Praça de Londres, 2-16, Lisbon (Portugal)

UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing
This event is organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the Government of Portugal. This year’s edition will focus on “A Sustainable Society for All Ages – Realising the potential of living longer”.
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28 September 2017 — Universitat de Vic,Barcelona, Spain

7th ICT Health and Social Conference in Barcelona: The sensory at the service of people
The R+D+I ICT Health and Social Conference aims to enhance the visibility of the key agents in the sector of ICT applied to the field of Health and Social Welfare and to establish a platform for transfer of knowledge.
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Contact : Technical Secretary

2 – 4 October 2017 — Several locations in The Hague

International Age-friendly Cities Conference on innovation, health and active ageing
The Hague, the first city in the Netherlands to join the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, will be hosting the International Age-friendly Cities Conference on innovation, health and active ageing.
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2 – 4 October 2017 — Av. da Guarda Inglesa 3, 3040-270 Coimbra

AAL Forum 2017: Bridging the gaps between digital solutions and active ageing
The Ambient Assisted Living Programme promotes innovative technological product ideas and supports them until they launch on the market. These innovations are presented at the annual AAL Forum, one of the largest European events of its kind. The Forum features workshops, keynote presentations and a large exhibition area.
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10 October 2017 — Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels (Belgium)

Workshop on Silver Economy during the European Week of Regions and Cities
The workshop will demonstrate how the Silver Economy can help regions and cities to better match the needs of their ageing population while supporting local businesses and solution providers.
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16 – 18 October 2017

Estonian EU Presidency 2017 eHealth Conference: “Health in the Digital Society, Digital Society for Health”
The Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs and its International Strategic Partner, the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), are organising an eHealth conference, “eHealth Tallin 2017”, taking place in Tallinn on 16-18 October 2017.
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Contact : ECHAlliance

19 October 2017 — Avenue Marnix 17, 1000 Bruxelles, in Brussels, Belgium

SAVE THE DATE: Workshop on Making ICT standards fit for Active and Healthy Ageing in Europe
The EU funded PROGRESSIVE project is organising a brainstorming workshop to debate how standards, mainly those related to ICT as an enabler of Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA), can better meet the needs of Europe’s ageing population. The workshop will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 19 October 2017.
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Contact : Fernando Machicado

19 – 24 October 2017 — Athens, Greece

eHealth Forum and IHIC 2017
The annual eHealth Forum in Athens will be held back to back with the International HL7 Interoperability Conference IHIC 2017.
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7 November 2017 — Beit Ha Tfutzot, Tel-Aviv, Israel

EU funded GLAM organises an international workshop in Tel-Aviv about how KETs can enhance cancer diagnosis
This workshop organised by the GLAM project brings together experts from the field of nanotechnologies, photonics, and micro-and nano-systems in relation to cancer diagnosis. The speakers participating in the workshop will be researchers, experts in regulation and doctors.
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7 – 8 November 2017 — brussels, belgium

Save the date: Annual Event on Public-Public Partnerships
The annual Joint Programming event, organised by ERA-LEARN and the European Commission (DG RTD), will focus on the future of P2Ps under the motto “Co-designing Public-Public Partnerships for the next Framework Programme” to emphasise the collaborative approach in involving stakeholders for the future design.
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9 – 10 November 2017 — HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center, Albertirsai út 10, Budapest 1101, Hungary

ICT Proposers’ Day 2017
ICT Proposers’ Day 2017 will take place on 9 and 10 November in Budapest, Hungary. This networking event centres on European ICT Research & Innovation with a special focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-20. An Opening Ceremony and Social Event will be organised by the Hungarian Ministry of National Development and will take place on 8 November.
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