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August 26, 2016
European Regions bring a digital single market in active and healthy ageing

74 European regions have been recognised as Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership for their commitment to excellence in investing and scaling up innovative digital solutions for active and healthy ageing

A record 74 regions from across Europe – from Oulu, Finland, to Heraklion-Crete, Greece and from Andalucía, Spain to Olomouc, Czech Republic – have been awarded the status of Reference Sites, as part of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. (EIP on AHA ). They were selected through a process of applications and detailed peer-review based on the Call for Reference Sites 2016, which assessed their commitment to invest in, deploy and transfer innovative digital solutions for active and healthy ageing.

The title of “Reference sites” means that regional alliances – that encompass government authorities, industry and start-ups, research organisations and civil society – are recognised for demonstrating excellence in the implementation and scaling up of the most innovative products and services designed to meet the needs of their ageing populations. Together the 74 reference sites have committed to invest over € 4 billion in the next three years in the deployment and scaling up of digital innovation for active and healthy ageing (AHA). Targeting the digitally-enabled services in digital health and connected care, this investment is expected to benefit over 5 million people in the next 3 years. It will also lay the foundations for a scalable EU market for digital innovation services and products meeting the needs of Europe’s ageing population and their carers.

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