In December 2015 at the 4th Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA), European Commissioner Günther Oettinger (Digital Economy and Society) outlined how digital innovation, enabled by a functioning Digital Single Market, can transform demographic change into an opportunity for Europe's economy and society.
Commissioner Oettinger invited all stakeholders to work together with the European Commission in the development of a blueprint. A "shared vision" on how innovation enabled by a Digital Single Market can transform Europe's ageing society in the 21st Century and contribute to the European Silver Economy (keynote speech - 9th December 2015).
Recognising that a shared vision is essential to mobilise investment and guarantee the commitment of all actors to this digital transformation of health and care for the ageing society, several industrial players, regional authorities, professional organisations and multistakeholder platforms such as the EIP on AHA have accepted the invitation from Commissioner Oettinger and agreed to start working in an initial draft of this blueprint.
This shared vision will be discussed at the second European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (5-8 December 2016). This flagship event is organised by the European Commission in partnership with the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions. It will bring together over 1500 participants engaged in developing, investing in and deploying digital innovation for active and healthy ageing.
Timeframe for completion
This initial draft will be unveiled by stakeholders and the European Commission at the AAL Forum 2016 (26 September 2016), launching a process of broad open consultation which will conclude at the end of 2016 with the final "Blueprint on Digital Innovation for Health and Care Transformation" – to be presented at the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (5-8 December 2016, Brussels).
Who can comment on the blueprint?
We want to hear from you. If you are concerned / affected by the way digital innovation will impact on the way you receive or deliver health and care services to the ageing population.
If you are providing innovative services, developing new products or simply benefiting from the use of products and services that are designed to provide care and improve the quality of life of the ageing population, we would like to hear from you.
If you are a carer, a nurse, a patient, a doctor, if you represent an industry, a company, insurance, healthcare providers, or other concerned professions and industries.
Or simply if you believe that innovation can transform demographic change into an opportunity to offer better quality of life to our ageing population and at the same time drive social development and economic growth… we want to hear from you.