Innovation in Healthcare
& the 2010, 2011, 2012 conferences
Innovation in Healthcare is of crucial importance to Europe relating to economic growth and development, European competitiveness, job creation, improvement of healthcare system and quality of life.
But fostering innovation in healthcare is a particularly difficult process due to the escalating costs, long product development cycles, protracted regulatory approval, the structural inertia of healthcare systems and the peculiar nature of healthcare markets (e.g. private consumers and public payers).
Therefore DG Research and Innovation launched a cycle of Innovation in Healthcare conferences in 2010, 2011 and 2012, exploring all aspects of innovation, starting with challenges and opportunities for SMEs, the uptake of innovation in the healthcare system and seeking innovation as a tool to overcome barriers to equality and solidarity in Europe and in Developing Countries (focussing on Africa).
Conclusions from those events constitute a reference working document for incoming and future challenges. Some key recommendations have already been taken up in both Innovation Union and in the Commission's proposal for Horizon 2020.
Read the reports and look at plenaries speakers on the web-streming.
- Overview Report: here ( 296KB)
- Innovation in Healthcare conferences: 2010 | 2011 | 2012