Second European Summit on Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing. European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, Markku Markkula President of the European Committee of the Regions and the Regional leaders representing the 74 Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA).
Over 1600 participants joined us for the second European Summit on Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (held in Brussels on the 6-7 December 2016). Throughout the 2 days we discussed how to take the shared-vision on digital transformation of health and care (Blueprint) forward and how the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing can evolve in its pursuit of innovating at scale for a better quality of life for Europe's ageing population, more sustainable health and care systems and generate economic growth and investment.
(from right to left) Commissioner Oettinger, Ms Encarna Guillen (Regional Health Minister from Murcia Spain), Mr Christian Reinaudo (President of AGFA Gevaert), Mr John Dunne (President of Eurocarers) - © Samantha Hunt/Babylonia
At the European Reference Sites awards ceremony, European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger rewarded the 74 regions, granted earlier this year the title of 'Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing'. The Reference Sites awards showcased the commitment of these local and regional organisations to invest over €4 billion in connected health and care for the ageing population until 2019 – an investment expected to benefit at least 4 million people across Europe.
The "Innovation to Market" exhibition showcased some of the most innovative EU-funded solutions designed to deliver better health and care to the ageing population, ranging from robotics to integrated care, IoT enabled smart-living environments, fall prevention solutions and wearables for ageing well. This year's exhibition included the Speakers' Corner where 30 innovative start-ups and SMEs pitched their products and business ideas, looking for partners to help them scale up their digital solutions for health and care across the EU.
In his keynote speech, Commissioner Oettinger noted that Digitisation of health and care is inevitable, necessary and has already started; but further opportunities await. Going digital for better health and care services is also a component of Europe’s Digital Single Market (DSM), and ongoing actions, such as the Blueprint and the Digitising European Industry strategy, are essential for ensuring that digitisation of health and care moves forward at full speed, leading to better outcomes for people, healthcare systems and innovative companies.
This journey is just beginning, and we look forward to working with you in the implementation of the BLUEPRINT to ensure that digital transformation of health and care will benefit people, systems and the economy.
The 2016 European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing is organised by DG CONNECT of the European Commission in cooperation with the European Parliament and the European Committee of the Regions