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The future of healthcare is digital

The European Commission should continue supporting a wider use of digital tools in healthcare, according to the eHealth Stakeholder Group, a European Commission advisory body. There are 4 major areas on which the group presented specific suggestions for action.

The group has recently published four reports focusing on key challenges for healthcare, such as ensuring patients have access to their electronic health records, supporting wider deployment of telemedicine services, increasing interoperability among eHealth solutions and healthcare systems, and supporting greater accessibility of healthcare via ICT tools in the EU.

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The technology of cognitive enhancement

Disclaimer: This is a guest blog post, the author doesn't work for the European Commission.

The title of this post probably conjures images of metallic probes and cables but there are many ways in which we can enhance cognition. Both as individuals and as a race, this is something that we humans have been doing for a very long time. All forms of information storage and transmission are cognitive enhancements that allow us to go beyond what is possible with a single brain with limited resources. Beginning with oral histories passed from generation to generation, through the written word, printing press, telegraph, radio, TV, video, all forms of analogue and digital storage, computing and of course the internet we have been enhancing our individual and collective cognitive abilities.

These technologies interact in many ways to enhance our ability to contemplate and


The rise of the Open Innovators: a look back at the Innovation Convention 2014

Through different initiatives and policies the European Commission is trying to tackle the economic crisis in Europe aiming at creating more jobs and growth in the continent. The adoption of the Open Innovation model and outlook will enable multinational corporations to engage with networks of SMEs, research facilities, entrepreneurs, and the citizens.

In that context, the Innovation Convention 2014 was an excellent forum to interact and discuss further on the measures and impact of innovation with the active innovation community. It is important that we also put an emphasis on the repeated message from the high political level during the event: The solution for growth and well-being is innovation. However, as an overall impression of the event , is that Open Innovation was mostly discussed during

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Build, connect, taste!

What's better than an ice cream as a welcome during the five sunny days in Hannover at CeBIT? The world’s leading IT event for decision-makers in Hannover (Germany) hosted again the five Large Scale Pilots projects (LSPs), in the Public Sector Parc, in the e-Sens booth, now collecting all further steps of the projects under a single umbrella. The LSPs showcased their solutions through devices such as a Touch Table, an interactive map of Europe and radio-frequency identification (RFID) Legos, which could be combined to illustrate the different "building blocks" and domains of application offered by the projects.

The projects used a unique attraction to


From aspiration to innovation...

Preparing the future is a task everybody should envisage in their private and professional lives. The future is not just something that happens, it is something we live.

Bearing this in mind, the Components Unit organised a brokerage event to inform our stakeholders of the opportunities in Horizon 2020


A Robot companion for the elderly - balancing autonomy and ethics

The ACCOMPANY project has been developing a "social robot" based on a Care-o-bot platform –that is, an upright nearly-adult sized robot equipped with a tablet interface and a retractable arm capable of grasping and lifting objects.
The Care-o-bot has the appearance of a robot butler, since it moves about at the command of the user, it can hold its tablet as a tray for objects, and can use its arm to get things from the tray to the person. It can move alongside or behind its elderly user. It can also answer the front door and keep track of the current position of a person from a different place in the house.

However, it is much more than a

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What does it take to innovate?

Harris Ioannou wearing his exosceleton gloveI am 18 years old and I am currently studying Electrical and Software Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. Two years ago, I won the European Union

Competition for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in the field of


All you wanted to know about eInfrastructure in Horizon 2020

e-Infrastructure Infodays on 13-14 February 2014

The objective of the event was to inform about e-Infrastructure topics and calls planned in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-15.

Thierry Van der Pyl, Director of Excellence in Science of DG CNECT, welcomed the 250 participants interested in knowing the new opportunities offered by H2020.

Those who couldn't attend can have a look at the


"iMobility" Challenge - Vehicle technology exhibition event in Brussels on 18th March

Guest blog post by Gabriel Simcic, iMobility Challenge Coordinator at Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile; the author does not work for the European Commission

On 18th of March, automotive technology suppliers will gather at the iMobility Challenge event in Autoworld, Brussels. There they will exhibit and demonstrate latest advancements in the field of intelligent mobility. “iMobility” refers to all new vehicle systems that remedy the ills of road transportation: accidents, pollution, congestion, delays. It is about combining innovative technologies that make driving cleaner, safer and more efficient.

Let’s take an example: in the near future,


Atos Perspective on Public Sector Cloud Service Level Agreements

Cloud Computing has reshaped the IT industry, and has the potential to change businesses and the economy by enabling higher IT efficiency and reliability IT, as well as the potential to boost growth, high-quality jobs and competitiveness in Europe. For this to happen it is fundamental that Cloud services become completely reliable, trustworthy and secure for all users. Service Level Agreements (SLAs) play a key role by being the mechanism that users have to enforce guarantees around performance, transparency, conformance and data protection. As cloud adoption increases, cloud users, from both private enterprises and the public sector, will be seeking more tightly defined SLAs as a mean to build up dependable and trustworthy relationship terms with cloud providers. Common concerns with regards cloud adoption; compliance, security, privacy and integrity,

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