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ISSN : 2467-4214
European Commission eHealth, Wellbeing & Ageing
In this issue - January 2017

Public consultation on Building the European data economy
This public consultation on Building a European data economy will help shaping the future policy agenda on the European data economy. This dialogue with stakeholders follows the adoption of the Communication on Building a European data economy and its accompanying Staff Working Document. Results will feed into the Commission's possible future initiative on the European Data Economy in 2017.
Together for smart, age-friendly homes and neighbourhoods: shaping a European Reference Framework
Partners from across Europe -NGOs, construction and IT industries, research organisations, representatives of the older generation and the finance sector- are joining forces to create innovative, smart, inclusive living environments for our ageing societies with a common vision on how to move ahead in 2017.
Neighbourhoods of the future event
European Reference Networks: a real life test for cross-border digital technologies
"2016 was an important year for cross-border healthcare", writes NHS European Office Director Elisabetta Zanon in HEALTH IT Central. It was marked by the Commission approving the first wave of European Reference Networks: EU networks of specialised healthcare providers working together to help patients suffering from rare diseases. Their functioning will rely on the use of a common IT platform.
Study on Big Data in Public Health, Telemedicine and Healthcare
The European Commission has published a study on big data in public health, telemedicine and healthcare. It outlines policy recommendations in 10 areas: awareness raising, education and training, data sources, open data and data sharing, applications and purposes, data analysis, governance of data access and use, standards, funding and financial resources, and legal and privacy aspects.
Study on Big Data in Public Health, Telemedicine and Healthcare
Research & Innovation
EPP-eHealth final results take eHealth procurement forward
EPP-eHealth, an EU-funded project that set out to transform the market for eHealth solutions through dialogue and innovation procurement, has created a network of procuring organisations in healthcare. They also published Joint Statements of Unmet Needs, a Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) Strategy for eHealth and mapped out EU initiatives and funding opportunities.
EPP-eHealth logo
EU funding for research and innovation attracts more interest
Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, is attracting more and more researchers and innovators. In 2015 there was an increase in proposals by 25% compared to 2014, especially coming from businesses, whose number of applications increased by almost 27%. Almost 50% of the participants are newcomers, many of which are small and medium-sized companies.
Decipher: electronic patient records accessible abroad with innovative new technology
Pre-commercial procurement has enabled an EU-funded project procurement to develop new technology that will allow patients to access health data when they are in any other EU country.
Smart devices and applications for healthy ageing
The UCD Institute of Food and Health tells us that cognitive decline, malnutrition and sedentariness are the main causes of morbidity and premature mortality in older people. However, cognitive games, sensor networks, location systems and other smart devices developed under the DOREMI project could help counter these evils.
Socially intelligent robot as window to the world
Telepresence robots, distance controlled robots in which the robot’s 'face' is a video screen, are on the rise. They are already commercially available and can perform a range of functions. The TERESA project adds a vital dimension: social intelligence. Their robot can help relieve the isolation often faced by elderly or disabled people.
See also : TERESA project website
FrailSafe: early detection of frailty through 'Virtual Patient Model' and supermarket game
The aim of the Horizon 2020 FrailSafe project is ambitious: delaying frailty by developing a set of measures, tools, and recommendations to reduce its onset. FrailSafe is working on state of the art information technologies such as a personalised 'Virtual Patient Model' and a virtual supermarket game.
eWall: Smart wall to make life easier
"The daily life of people with chronic diseases and frailty conditions is difficult". A group of more than 100 researchers from 13 partners and 12 countries knows that very well. With the financial support of the EU, they invested around 9M€ over the past 3 years to deliver a solution that could change the life of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and frailty conditions.
Two new research infrastructures for developing and testing telehealth technologies
The Greek National Centre of Scientific Research 'Demokritos' and the Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece have established two new research infrastructures as part of the EU-funded RADIO project. They are designed to simulate living environments for developing and testing telehealth, service robotics and home automation technologies for assisted living and healthy ageing. Parties interested in testing their innovative research ideas are welcome to try them out.
Assessing Cyber Security in Member states in Healthcare Sector
ENISA launched a tender for a project that is expected to run in 2017 on assessing cyber security in Member States in the healthcare sector. The call will remain open until 25 January 2017.
25 January 2017 - Brussels, Belgium
Workshop on Standard Essential Patents in the context of new ICT standardisation developments (IoT, 5G)
The workshop will serve to gather views from stakeholders, in particular industry and research, which will be an input for the planned Communication on Standards Essential Patents in accordance with the Communication on ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market
27 February 2017 - Barcelona, Spain
Mobile World Congress and Digital Health and Wellness Summit 2017
In parallel with the Mobile World Congress, the Digital Health & Wellness Summit will showcase innovators of digital technologies to improve healthcare delivery around the world. The event offers matchmaking between suppliers and customers, and between eHealth start-ups and investors.
4 - 6 April 2017 - Lyon, France
Biovision 'From Global health to One health'
This conference is a meeting place to discuss global health topics such as medical education, digital health and innovation, emerging viral diseases, cancer and metagenomics in order to reach 'one health'. Innovative (e-)health projects and start-ups can apply to pitch in front of investors (deadline 24 February).
See also : Biovision Catalyzer Call for projects and start-ups
10 - 12 May 2017 - Il-Bajja ta’ San Ġorġ, Birżebbuġa, Malta
eHealth Week 2017
This year's slogan of the high-level European eHealth Week conference is 'Data for Health: the key to personalised sustainable care'.
Videos of the European Summit on Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing
During the Active and Healthy Ageing Summit in Brussels (5-8 December 2016) our video crew interviewed some of the exhibitors. They presented an exoskeleton, a robotic walking aid and other EU supported innovations to keep older people active and independent as long as possible. What are the main challenges they are facing? And how did the EU help them forward?
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