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March 17, 2017
eHealth, Wellbeing & Ageing Newsletter – March 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, March 2017: Top news, Policy, Audiovisual, Research & Innovation, Calls and Events.

Top news

  • Taskforce to take Health and Digital policies further
    Putting the citizen at the centre of health and care re-design. The European Commission has set up a task force bringing together technology and health policy makers. Read the blog post by Roberto Viola (European Commission Director General DG Connect) and Xavier Prats Monné (European Commission, Director General DG Sante).




  • International Patient Summary: Policy, deployment, competencies and standards
    What is the state of play of the International Patient Summary? On 7 February 2017, the European Commission hosted a workshop on this topic. European countries, projects and initiatives related to this topic (eStandards, VALUeHEALTH, EU-US eHealth at Work, EURACARE, Trillium Bridge II and JAseHN) discussed policy, deployment, competencies and standards.
  • Info Day in Valletta reinforces the importance of European cooperation to enhance eHealth
    The eHealth Week was formally launched by the Ministry for Health in Valletta (10-12 May 2017) on the open day held on 3 March. Maltese Health Minister Chris Fearne addressed the conference and said that it was an honour that Malta will be in holding such a prestigious event, in which technology in health will be discussed.
  • Synopsis report of the public consultation on the safety of apps and other non-embedded software
    The public consultation on the safety of applications for mobile devices (“apps”) and other non-embedded software was launched in June 2016 as a result of the public consultation on the Green Paper on mHealth in 2014. The latter showed the need to have a special focus on safety aspects of mHealth apps.
  • 900 medical teams connect across Europe for the benefit of patients
    On 1 March the newly established European Reference Networks (ERNs) started their work. ERNs are virtual cross-border cooperation platforms between specialists for the diagnosis and treatment of rare or low prevalence complex diseases. In practice, ERNs will develop new innovative care models, eHealth tools, medical solutions and devices.




  • Robot Charlie helps children manage Diabetes
    Suffering from Diabetes is no fun, especially for children. They have to learn early in life how to measure their blood sugar, how to count carbohydrates and how to make healthy choices when it comes to food and sweets. Scientists from the European PAL project try to help them: with a special tablet app and with Charlie the robot.



Research & Innovation

  • Study: Cost-effectiveness of standards-driven eHealth interoperability
    What is the perception on the use of standards-driven tools in health? Is it economically advantageous to use these tools for fostering eHealth development in Europe? Answers can be found in an EU eStandards study report. It is open for your comments, to be discussed at the eStandards workshop on 5 April in Venice
  • Health tech and serious games for at-home pelvic floor rehabilitation
    The European WOMEN-UP project has developed technology that allows women with incontinence to follow their treatment prescribed by physical therapists at home and in a correct way. The 21 women who already tried it rated it positively. They were more motivated to follow the programme
  • Wearable tech can help tackle obesity when supervised by health professionals
    Technology offers solutions to many health problems, but can the new generation of wearable sensors help patients manage their weight? Experience from the EU-funded DAPHNE project suggests that there are challenges and opportunities




  • Consultation on investment in innovative digital solutions for active and healthy ageing
    Do you have any plans to invest in innovative solutions for active and healthy ageing? Have your say in the short online consultation launched by the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA).
  • Call for tender for study on safety of non-embedded software; Service, data access, and legal issues of advanced robots, autonomous, connected, and AI-based vehicles and systems
    The European Commission has re-launched a call for tender for a service contract to conduct a study on “The safety of non-embedded software; Service, data access, and legal issues of advanced robots, autonomous, connected, and AI-based vehicles and systems” with a total price that cannot exceed €400,000 (study reference: SMART 2016/0071).




  • eHealth & Telemedicine conference Med-e-Tel 2017 (4 – 7 April 2017 – Grand Duchy of Luxembourg)
    The annual Med-e-Tel conference in Luxemburg focuses on eHealth and telemedicine applications as well as a wide range of other medical ICT applications. The event offers education, networking and business opportunities among a global audience with diverse professional backgrounds.
  • Innovative digital health solutions at eHealth Roadshow (4 – 6 April 2017 – Stuttgart, Germany)
    The second eHealth Roadshow, organised by the European eHealth Hub project, will take place as part of the Medtec Europe Stuttgart 2017 conference. SMEs will pitch their eHealth solution in front of leading medical technology buyers and other professionals
  • eHealth Adoption Awards 2017
    The eHealth Adoption Awards 2017 is a prize that recognises the work of adopters and their technological suppliers in implementing eHealth innovation for the benefit of patients. Both adopters and suppliers are invited to jointly apply and publicly present their success story on 11 May at eHealth Week in Malta
  • CHIC project at European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Congress (26 June 2017 – Prague, Czech Republic)
    During the oncology session at the EACPT 2017 congress, project coordinator Georgios Stamatakos will present the results of the European CHIC project about cancer modelling.
  • Save the date: AAL Forum 2017 (2 – 4 October 2017 – Coimbra, Portugal)
    The AAL Forum is the place to be for the European community dealing with technology and active ageing. This year the event will investigate how to bring demand and offer closer together.
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