News & Events
September 11, 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 & 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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mHealth Subgroup outlines set of actions

In November 2015, representatives of all EU member states coming together as the eHealth Network, formed an mHealth subgroup to work on suggestions for future work in this field. Proposals for concrete actions in the field of mobile health (mHealth) have now been made available.
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‘Digital technologies must support the overall health policy goals’

At an informal meeting in Tallinn on 20 July, EU health ministers discussed the future of digital solutions in health. The ministers identified areas for closer collaboration among member states and possible actions at EU level to overcome the main challenges of data-driven digital innovation in health.
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Technology and healthcare: Threat or opportunity?

‘Debating Europe’ has asked the opinion of three eHealth experts about privacy risks of health tech. In the article you can also find an infographic summarizing the risks and opportunities of eHealth. At the same time, the think tank ‘Friends of Europe’ has launched a report with seven recommendations on how to meet the challenges that come with ageing populations, unhealthy lifestyles, shortages of healthcare workers and increased demand for care.
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RegioStars: Smart tech tested in Germany allows older people to live independently

The German cities Dortmund, Duisburg and Arnsberg are the test beds for new remote assisted-living technologies that enable the elderly to live independently at home for as long as possible, secure in the knowledge that medical care and other assistance are never far away. The tests demonstrate how such a system can have a sustainable business model. The project was selected as one of the finalists of the RegioStars Awards 2017.
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See also : RegioStars Awards 2017: Jury selects 24 finalists as Europe’s most outstanding regional projects 



Request for expression of interest to become host of mHealth Hub

The mHealth Hub is a new European project, funded by Horizon 2020 and managed by the World Health Organisation and ITU. It will collect and share national experiences of working with mobile health (mHealth) and help Member States introduce mHealth programmes. The project managers have launched a request for expressions of interest to become host of this hub.
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Contact : mHealth Hub

Open call for innovative projects in personalised healthcare

The EU-funded INNOLABS project will select more than 100 innovative project ideas to accelerate and further support both financially and with services. Final submission deadline: 30 September 2017.
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19 – 20 October 2017

Lean Startup Academy for eHealth businesses
The second Lean Startup Academy will support 10 European eHealth startups to improve their business model. The intensive, free-of-charge programme will be delivered by experienced trainers and will take place online from 25 September until 1 December, and during a live session at eHealth Forum in Athens (19–20 October). Apply before 13 September.
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13 September 2017

Webinar BigData@Heart – Big Data for Better Hearts
This online webinar (14:00-15:00 CEST) will introduce and outline the objective of the BigData@Heart project: develop a data-driven translational research platform of unparalleled scale and phenotypical resolution, with the aim to improve patient outcomes and reduce societal burden of atrial fibrillation (AF), heart failure (HF) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
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19 – 20 September 2017 — Forskningsparken – Oslo Science Park, Norway

Digital Healthcare Hackathon in Oslo
If you belong to the ICT, Health, Bio or Medicine Sectors and you are eager to make a difference, join the EU INNOLABS Hackathon in Oslo! Prize money totals €36,000. Applications for this Digital Healthcare Hackathon are open until 11 September.
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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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2 – 4 October 2017 — The Hague, the Netherlands

International Age-friendly Cities Conference
This conference will give you the opportunity to share ideas and experiences related to age-friendly cities and innovations in healthcare with participants from all around the world.
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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 the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) will host a European eHealth conference, ‘eHealth Tallin 2017’. Expected keynote speakers are Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.
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17 – 18 October 2017 — Tallinn, Estonia

Health and care sessions at Conference on Innovation Procurement
The European Commission aims to boost adoption of innovative solutions in health and care services by allocating funding for innovation procurement. A conference on this topic will be held under the Estonian EU presidency on 17 and 18 October 2017.
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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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16 – 17 November 2017 — Belfast (Northern Ireland)

MIDAS workshops on co-design, consent, ethics and GDPR
The MIDAS project is working on delivering a unified big data platform for health policy. On 16 November they will host a Co-Design Workshop, which will provide insight into how participatory design methods can make technology more effective and meaningful for individuals and organisations. The next day, a Consent, Ethics & General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Workshop will take place.
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