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eHealth and Ageing

ICT provides Europeans with better and cheaper tools to improve the quality and delivery of social care, health monitoring and electronic health records.

Europeans live longer, hence the costs of health and social care will rise substantially to about 9% of EU GDP in 2050. ICT can be our most powerful ally to maintain cost efficient and high quality health and social care, as it empowers people of every age to better manage their health and quality of life, in any place.

ICT for health and ageing: a triple win

ICT can contribute by providing European citizens with better and cheaper services for health and ageing well. The introduction of ICT and telemedicine alone is estimated to improve efficiency of health care by 20%. Moreover, ICT empowers users of every age to better manage their health.

As the global telecare and telehealth market is forecast to grow from 7.6 to 17.6 billion Euros already by 2017, therefore European economy can benefit from such growing market. We can achieve a triple win: a better quality of life for European citizens, innovation and growth for a competitive EU industry and more sustainable healthcare systems for society.

eHealth policy

The EU eHealth Action Plan covers areas as diverse as patient rights in cross-border healthcare, funding advanced research and development, and ensuring that electronic health record systems are compatible internationally.

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Miguel Gonzalez-sancho's picture
Regions, industry and users unite around a shared vision on how digital innovation can transform health and care in Europe.
Pedro Lima's picture
Pedro LIMA
Can you imagine kids having fun at hospital where they are spending weeks or months? Yes, that is happening in Lisbon, thanks to Little Casper robot.
Paul Verschure's picture
Researchers discover a new approach towards neurorehabilitation through the combination of art and science, stubbornness, perseverance, teamwork and Future and Emerging Technologies.
Peter Mildenberger's picture
Last July, the European Commission recognised 27 profiles and standards for healthcare systems to be developed through public procurement. This is a step forward for reaching the European Digital Single Market in eHealth.
Alexander Peine's picture
Alexander PEINE
Innovation of digital technologies and ICTs provide ample opportunities to improve active and healthy ageing, and transform the nature of health care. Most of these innovations, of which myriads are underway, will meet their users at home and in the community. Will they empower European citizens to develop meaningful and creative lives at home well into old age, seizing new opportunities for learning and social engagement? Or will they make homes more like institutions, introducing a medical regime that makes people dependent at home?
Pieter Van De Graaf's picture
If there is a common message from the European events on eHealth that I have attended recently, it is that patients are increasingly expecting to have more say in their personal healthcare, with the help of digital tools.
Paul Timmers's picture
"Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing must benefit our citizens… all of them."
Luigi Palopoli's picture
DALI empowers objects of common use, such as a standard walker, with intelligence and robotic abilities to help engage older users in exciting social activitie and preserve their safety and well being.
nbakkmar's picture
Employment participation of older workers is under-researched. We discussed this topic with experts in the field at the European Summit on Innovation for Active and healthy Ageing. This will also be the subject of the first call for proposals by the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”
Mariëlle Swinkels's picture
The Dutch province of Noord-Brabant is one of the Reference sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing. Within the SMART Health Programme it plays the role stimulator and facilitator of 3 learning networks for the deployment of innovative smart health solutions for independent and healthy living at home focused on: Self Care, Informal Care and Dementia.
Mary Harney's picture
The European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing comes at a critical time for European healthcare. Making healthcare sustainable is now a priority for Europe. We need to enact positive healthcare transformations that can adapt and endure over time. Change is only possible when we work together. We must address the challenges before us, utilise innovation and seize the opportunity to find common solutions.
Thierry Zylberberg's picture
At the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing, on 9-10 March, I will share Orange vision at the debate on Silver Economy, which will call attention to the increasingly urgent need to address elderly healthcare across Europe, and to initiate a policy roadmap that will enable new care pathways for Europe’s ageing population.
Dipak Kalra's picture
Imagine you have your medical record posted in a safe place in the cloud. Your usual clinicians can access it, but also any emergency doctor admitting you, unconscious from an accident or a medical crisis anywhere in Europe. The European Commission is funding projects to develop the structures and semantics needed to achieve this interoperability.
António Cunha's picture
António CUNHA
Coimbra is Portugal's city of reference for health. It provides healthcare services through the largest hospital in the country and it's where a lot of academic work and advanced research takes place. It's a great example of interconnection between the academic and industrial worlds.
Paul Timmers's picture
Today is the International Day of Older Persons and Europe is by far the "oldest" continent in the world. The number of people in Europe aged 65+ will almost double, from 85 million today to 151 million in 2060. Germany and Italy have the 2nd and 3rd highest median ages in the world. By 2050 also countries like Portugal, Malta, Germany or Spain are projected to have a media age of 50+.
Andrea Gaggioli's picture
How can mobile tools change mental health research and practice? Blog post by psychology expert and researcher Andrea Gaggioli.
Pantelis Angelidis's picture
Europe can become the leading region in the world in harnessing health and care innovation, and capturing its benefits.
Lydia Montandon's picture
REACTION cares about the quality of life of people with diabetes.
Paul Timmers's picture
Nonna Lea is an outspoken lady of 94 years from Rome. She lives together with Mister Robin. Today the European Council decided to continue the Ambient Assisted Living programme for another seven years. These two facts of life seem totally unrelated, yet are very closely connected. Let me explain.
Celine Deswarte's picture
The European Commission should continue supporting a wider use of digital tools in healthcare, according to the eHealth Stakeholder Group, a European Commission advisory body. There are 4 major areas on which the group presented specific suggestions for action.
Stefan Visscher's picture
mHealth has great potential. It allows you as a consumer to assess your own health status indicators. Such a tool could be beneficial, but introduces risks at the same time. This is where European legislation for medical devices comes in.
Tom Sorell's picture
What difference can robots make to the lives of elderly people living alone? Robots can help with cleaning and other tasks, thus reducing the work that elderly people might have to do in their own homes; a special category of robots can even offer a form of companionship.
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