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ISSN : 2362-986X
European Commission EU eHealth in focus
In this issue - June 2016

Top news
eHealth Week 2016: Trust and Standards
"Trust is important when it comes to the use of mobile apps that monitor your health and give health advice", writes Commissioner Oettinger in his blog post: "The Code of Conduct aims to provide easily understandable guidelines for app developers on how to respect and comply with EU data protection rules."
Commissioner Oettinger
Have your say on the safety of apps
The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the safety of applications ("apps") and other non-embedded software as part of an effort to ensure a high level of health, safety and consumer protection.
Women's hands with a sports bracelet and smart phone close-up
Code of Conduct on privacy for mHealth apps has been finalised
The Code of Conduct on privacy for mobile health apps has now been formally submitted for comments to the Art 29 Data Protection Working Party. Once approved by this independent EU advisory group, the Code will be applied in practice: App developers will be able to voluntarily commit to follow its rules, which are based on EU data protection legislation.
What happened at eHealth Week - Videos and presentations available
This three-day conference (8-10 June 2016, Amsterdam) brought together 2,230 policy makers, healthcare providers, patients, researchers and industry from across Europe and beyond. You can watch the recordings of the plenary sessions online, the highlights video and save the date for eHealth Week 2017 in Malta: 10-12 May 2017.
Cutting the ribbon
mHealth at eHealth Week 2016
At eHealth Week in Amsterdam on 8 and 9 June, two sessions - one on the Privacy Code of Conduct and one on mHealth assessment guidelines - focussed on the quality and privacy of mobile health (mHealth) apps. The presentations are now available as is a public survey on the guidelines.
data privacy
"My eHealth Week"
Gail Kent, who is Acting Deputy Director General at the European Commission's DG CONNECT, was at eHealth Week for the first time and wrote down her impressions in a blog post.
Survey on unmet needs in the healthcare sector
Do you have experience in the healthcare sector? Have your say in the EPP eHealth survey about ICT usage and unmet needs of healthcare institutions.
Research & Innovation
Who are the best eHealth SMEs of 2016?
The 2016 EU SME eHealth Competition has awarded Symptoma and iHealth for their innovative solutions: a chronic disease management tool and a search engine for healthcare professionals.
SME Competition
MISSION-T2D features in anti-diabetes app
Are you at risk of getting diabetes? An app can tell you: The EU-funded MISSION-T2D project for predicting type 2 diabetes is featuring in a mobile app that is available for downloading.
MISSION-T2D features in anti-diabetes app
eHealth solutions for Africa
Two European projects, recently funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, want to help Africa through the use of digital health solutions. One aims to improve malaria prevention, the other focusses on newborn babies and their mothers.
eHealth solutions for Africa
Four Nordic eHealth pilots achieve lasting results
By using fiber for broadband connections, eHealth services such as telehealth consultations are being delivered successfully with lasting results. This was shown by the Connected for Health project and its pilots in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
Over €4 million for secondary stroke prevention
You suffered a stroke and you want to avoid getting a second one? The new 'Decision SupporT and self-mAnagement system for stRoke survivoRs' (STARR) project aims to enable the self-management of stroke risk factors. The project received a budget of over €4 million.
STARR logo
Innovative post-stroke tool - the search for suppliers has started
The European pre-commercial procurement project called MAGIC has published a Prior Information Notice to find suppliers who can develop and test solutions to improve stroke recovery, home-based rehabilitation and to empower stroke patients following hospital discharge. The budget for this is about €3,6 million.
New simulation tool for cardiologists: experiment invitation and video
The EU-funded Cardioproof project developed a simulation tool to support clinical decision-making in patients with coarctation of the aorta. Until the end of July, Cardioproof is inviting cardiologists worldwide to take part in a virtual experiment to assess the impact of their tool.
Cardioproof video
Stakeholder Consultation on H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 for Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing challenge
In preparation of the next H2020 Work Programme Societal Challenge 1 (SC1 - Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing), the European Commission (DG CONNECT) is consulting with the SC1 Programme Committee, the SC1 National Contact Points and stakeholders. The National Contact Points together with the stakeholders in their countries will provide important inputs to this process covering the areas of the Work Programme including eHealth, mHealth and ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing.
The Human Brain Project (HBP) presents its scientists and their research with a video selfie campaign
Both early-career and senior scientists were invited to present their daily work and contribution to the Human Brain Project Platforms in a one minute video. The aim of the video campaign was to facilitate engagement between members of the Consortium, learn about the work of different scientists and engineers, and to increase the visibility of individuals, in particular early-career researchers.
See also : Watch all videos on the HBP You Tube channel
Telemedicine holds out hope for better disease management
The EU-funded CHROMED project has been researching telemedicine care models for chronic diseases, offering the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment alongside a reduction in the socioeconomic burden.
eHealth projects - Research and Innovation in the field of ICT for Health and Wellbeing: an overview
What have the best brains of Europe come up with to improve healthcare with the help of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)? The pdf-document below offers an overview of the most current (on-going or recently finished) European funded projects in the field of ICT for health and wellbeing ('eHealth').
Research and Innovation in eHealth
image of food and a mobile phone
Learning to eat right with weighing scales under your dinner plate
Learning to eat right with weighing scales under your dinner plate
A chewing sensor in your ear, an activity meter on your belt and weighing scales under your lunch or dinner plate: Fighting obesity (too much weight) and eating disorders (being underweight) has become high-tech.
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CEN open call for project team experts
The European Committee for Standardization CEN is looking for experts who would like to support the standardization work on a European Standard for the Patient Summary and a CEN Technical Specification for the implementation guide for the Patient Summary. Deadline to apply is 8 July 2017.
13 - 14 September 2016 - De Beaulieulaan 25, 1160, Oudergem
Workshop: 'Cross-cutting Key Enabling Technologies for Health'
The combination of various technologies in groups, commonly known as "Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)", is deemed to be of highest benefit to innovation fields in health. What is the European Commission doing today to accelerate the development and make use of these advanced technologies and integrated systems, enabling new solutions for health? What shall it do in the future? What role can Horizon 2020 play? What are the opportunities for researchers and other actors in the field?
Contact : Nikolaos KATTAVENOS
26 - 27 September 2016 - Incheba conference centre, Bratislava, Slovakia
ICT Proposers' Day 2016 - Registration open
ICT Proposers' day 2016 is a networking event promoting European ICT Research & Innovation and focusing on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-17. Registration is now open for this event.
28 - 30 September 2016 - Bad Hofgastein, Salzburg, Austria
European Health Forum Gastein
This year's high-level conference will include a forum called "Reality meets Reality": Healthcare providers and professionals, citizens and policy makers recognise the need for changes in healthcare systems and, although slowly, they are consistently becoming part of everyday practice.
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