News & Events
October 12, 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: Policy, Research and Events.





Public Consultation on Health and Care in the Digital Single Market

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market. 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 (included).
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3rd meeting of the eHealth Stakeholder Group

The eHealth Stakeholder Group (eHSG) unites 30 expert representatives of European organisations active in the eHealth sector. The minutes of its last meeting on 27 April in Brussels are now available.
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European Cross-Border Cooperation on Health: Theory and Practice

This study, coordinated by the European Commission, not only provides an overview of the development of the existing European legislation that enables cross-border health cooperation, but also offers a useful insight into the obstacles and success factors of cooperation in different geographical contexts.
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Innovation Radar Prize 2017

The European Commission has just launched the Innovation Radar Prize 2017. Vote now for your favourite innovator!
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European KONFIDO project will innovate eHealth security

The newly launched KONFIDO project has started working on an innovative architecture that will enable secure exchange, processing, and storage of health related data.
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Smart inhaler to help asthma sufferers breathe easier

According to Dr Konstantinos Votis (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece), many asthma patients don’t use their inhalers correctly, which can cause serious health problems. To prevent this, the smart inhaler, developed by MyAirCoach, records physiological and environmental data and collects information about how the device is being used. This data is then fed back to the patient’s smart phone.
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Smartphones to ease the burden of heart failure

A new app developed by the EU-funded HeartMan project is designed to give heart failure patients extra support in everyday tasks and routine. According to Sofia Marchã from the European Heart Network, this contributes to improving patients’ overall quality of life.
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‘Transforming eHealth Training – The Transatlantic Way’

A new EU-funded transatlantic project is developing what’s been described as a ‘ground-breaking’ interactive training tool. The EU∗US eHealth Work Project is working on a new digital platform to boost access to eHealth education. The aim is to create a highly skilled eHealth workforce for global deployment. Himss Insights has published an article about it.
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Sound Of Vision: A vision of sounds for the visually-impaired

The EU-backed Sound Of Vision project developed a solution for visually-impaired people: composed of 3D cameras and sensors, the device processes data from surrounding objects and feeds it back to the user in the form of spatial sounds and vibration from a wearable belt.
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Personal Health Records for migrants

The new REHEALTH 2 project will test the extended use of Personal Health Records. These Records includes all health data and information of incoming migrants and refugees in one document, giving health professionals a comprehensive view of each individual’s health status and needs.
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EU-funded BlindPAD makes graphical contents accessible for visually-impaired people

Visually-impaired people, often completely locked out from the use of touchscreen devices, can now benefit from BlindPAD, created by an EU-funded consortium, which allows them to exploit and enhance their remaining senses.
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See also : Project Website



17 October 2017 — Glasgow, Scotland

Human Brain Project Open Day
Join this free access event to learn more on this EU project. It aims to a better understanding of the brain, its diseases and its capabilities by providing researchers worldwide with digital tools and platforms for sharing and analysing large brain data sets.
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19 October 2017 — Avenue Marnix 17, 1000 Bruxelles, in Brussels, Belgium

Workshop on Making ICT standards fit for Active and Healthy Ageing in Europe
The EU-funded PROGRESSIVE project is hosting a brainstorming workshop to debate how standards, mainly those related to ICT as an enabler of Active and Healthy Ageing, can better meet the needs of Europe’s ageing population.
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19 October 2017

Webinar: Why and how to apply for the Silver Economy Awards
The Silver Economy Awards is an initiative to award the most innovative digital solutions improving the lives of seniors. In the upcoming webinar SEED consortium members will explain the aim of the Award Scheme and where and how to apply for its first edition.
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8 – 10 November 2017 — Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin, Germany

4th European Congress on eCardiology and eHealth
This congress is about implementing eHealth in daily clinical practice. To improve their work and for the benefit of their patients, cardiologists and other clinicians will learn how to apply the most important digital tools, whilst researchers, technicians, industry partners, health authorities and regulators will learn from clinicians what their real needs are.
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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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21 – 23 November 2017 — Palais des Congrès, Versailles, France

European Big Data Value Forum
The European Data Forum (EDF) is a key European event for industry professionals, business developers, researchers, and policy makers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the European data economy and data-driven innovation in Europe. Likewise, the Big Data Value Association Summit (BDVA) has quickly grown into a renowned event for all stakeholders in the European data economy.
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6 December 2017 — BluePoint Brussels, Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80, 1030, Brussels

COCIR Digital Health Summit
This event, organised by the European Coordination Committee of Radiological, Electronical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR), aims to support developing measures in the digital health and care domains that will advance the Digital Single Market. The outcomes of the panel discussions may define some measures that could be included in a multi-stakeholder Digital Health Roadmap.
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7 – 8 December 2017 — Brussels, Belgium

Info Days Horizon 2020 ‘Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing’
The draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 with new calls for project proposals in the field of Health, Wellbeing & Demographic Change has just been published. To explain these new funding opportunities, two info days will be held, a general one and one focusing specifically on innovation procurement. They will also be live web-streamed.
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