News & Events
June 30, 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, June 2017: Research & Innovation, Policy, Calls, Events.


Telemedicine: A robotic doctor is gearing up for action

A new robot under development can send information on the stiffness, look and feel of a patient to a doctor located kilometres away. In the UK a trial with telemedicine services via telephone, web and digital television showed a reduction in mortality, hospital admissions and bed days.
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Robot Zacharias to look after our elderly relatives

What do you need when you’re old, live alone and, maybe, lose your glasses a lot or forget to take your medicine on time? Researchers from an EU funded research consortium think that a prototype robot could help out.
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MD Paedigree: A simulation and prediction tool for paediatric clinicians

The digital repository (‘infostructure’) developed by the European MD Paedigree project integrates all kinds of clinical data – from genetic and metagenomic analysis to MRI scans etc. This allows paediatricians to look for similarities with their own patients, access model-based simulations and predictions, and look for patient-centric clinical workflows. This achievement is already inspiring the creation of similar platforms in other medical fields.
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EU-funded COMPARE platform identifies emerging and re-emerging diseases

COMPARE is a multidisciplinary research network that has the vision to become the enabling analytical framework and globally linked data and information sharing platform for the rapid identification, containment and mitigation of emerging infectious diseases and food-borne outbreaks.
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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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From great science to thrilling technology

For more than 20 years the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) programme has been a landmark in advanced European science and technology. Over the years, it has supported research that led to amazing developments in a wide variety of areas, from a bionic hand to robotic plants, from synthetic brains to quantum technologies, from modeling epidemics to creative machines.
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Denmark has successfully implemented EU interoperability project results

The National Danish competence center for Health Care standards, MedCom, has successfully implemented the results of the EU-funded interoperability project Antilope into daily practice and into MedCom’s cooperation with the IT vendors in the Danish healthcare system.
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Trillium-II project signs Memorandum of Understanding with hypertension society

The EU-funded Trillium-II project is joining forces with the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) to take the vision of the electronic patient summary as window to a patient’s health information further and to promote mHealth; The ESH introduces a smartphone app especially designed for people with hypertension. “Apps can help ‘connecting the dots’ for patient summaries, meaning collecting and presenting carefully selected recorded health information”, eHealth experts say.
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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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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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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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4 July 2017 — European Parliament, 60 rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60, Brussels (Belgium)

PEGASO final workshop: Fit for future with health tech
How to challenge teenagers to adopt a healthy lifestyle? You can find out at the European PEGASO project’s final workshop where both researchers and teenagers will share views on healthy behaviour and technology such as health apps.
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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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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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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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9 – 12 October 2017 — Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels (Belgium)

Workshop on Silver Economy during the European Week of Regions and Cities
The European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) is an annual educational and networking event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.
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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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9 – 10 November 2017 — 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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