• Strategic Implementation Plan of the Pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
      Law22 November 2011

      The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing aims to bring together key stakeholders to define a positive vision for ageing well, establish common priorities for innovation, to identify and address the barriers to innovation and to accelerate and scale up the introduction of relevant innovative solutions across Europe. With this Strategic Implementation Plan, the Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing delivers its rationale, its vision and its suggestions for addressing the challenge of innovation for active and healthy ageing.

    • KETs initiative
      Law14 November 2011

      A significant part of future goods and services are as yet unknown, but the main driving force behind their development will be Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), i.e. nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics including semiconductors, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics. The Final Report of the KETs High Level Group was warmly welcomed by Vice-Presidents Antonio Tajani and Neelie Kroes and Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn. The Commission will report back on the KET policy recommendations in a communication at the beginning of 2012. The KETs approach brings support to the full supply chain of nanoelectronics in Europe, from basic research to manufacturing.

    • The Osteoporotic Virtual Physiological Human - VPHOP Project's latest deliverables
      Law10 October 2011

      Several deliverables from the project are now available: 'D3.3 Range of functional metrics for each subject in the three subject Cohorts', 'D4.3 Second hypermodel prototype', 'D6.3 Bone Micro-Architecture Database', 'D6.4 Specification for prognosis application'. (see bottom of the web-page)

    • Researchers make case for continuation of innovative virtual patient project
      Law22 September 2011

      A pilot EU project that could revolutionise medical care was presented to policymakers and researchers at a hearing on Tuesday 20 September in the European Parliament (EP). Based on the principle that medical treatment could be enhanced if it were based on individual needs, the ITFoM ('IT future of medicine') project aims to develop a massive network of computer programmes that could make predictions on disease and therapies and how various side effects would react with individuals bodies. The project could lead to the creation of personalised 'virtual patients'. There is a growing request for systems that could give patients more individualised treatment. What works for one person might not always be best for another, and many treatments actually make patients more ill, putting a further burden on health systems. A model-based approach would allow doctors to simulate treatments on the virtual versions of specific patients before trying them out for real.

    • How to best demonstrate the impact of Research Infrastructures - workshop report
      Law29 August 2011

      On 15 June 2011, representatives of 33 ESFRI-projects came together in the Palais des Academies of the Royal Academy of Belgium to discuss how to best demonstrate the impact of Research Infrastructures. The report and presentations of the workshop is now available.

    • EU ICT R&D and Innovation beyond 2013 - 10 key recommendations
      Law20 July 2011

      The Information Society Technologies Advisory Group (ISTAG) has issued its 10 key recommendation to the Commission on the orientation for EU ICT R&D and Innovation beyond 2013. ISTAG reaffirms the importance of pursuing and strengthening EU investment in ICT research and innovation. Indeed, ICT infrastructure plays a critical role in today's globalised economy and its reliable and trustworthy operation is absolutely essential. However beyond this, ICT has become a key transformative force in social innovation, by enabling the development, implementation and deployment of innovative solutions addressing societal needs and supporting human and socio-economic development opportunities. This wider agenda calls for a larger stakeholder community, beyond the traditional players, including unconventional actors such as informal networks and influential individuals.

    • Overview of HaptiMap project - Haptic, Audio and Visual Interfaces for Maps and Location Based Services
      Law6 July 2011

      If you are walking or cycling, and don’t want to (or are unable to) spend most of the time focusing on a screen, the use of mobile devices tends to be a frustrating experience. The same is true in bright sunlight or if your eyesight just isn’t good enough to see every detail on the mobile screen. The HaptiMap project will enable digital maps and mobile location based services to be accessible to a wide range of users by using several senses like touch, hearing and vision. HaptiMap is a project which receives financial support from the Seventh Framework Programme. An overview of work done in the second year of the project is now available.

    • mHealth: New horizons for health through mobile technologies
      Law7 June 2011

      Mobile phones are now the most widely used communication technology in the world. They continue to spread at an exponential rate - particularly in developing countries. This expansion provides unprecedented opportunities to apply mobile technology for health. How are mobile devices being used for health around the world? What diverse scenarios can mHealth be applied in and how effective are these approaches? What are the most important obstacles that countries face in implementing mHealth solutions? Read the WHO report to know more.

    • 'EU-US cooperation on eHealth workshop' report
      Law23 May 2011

      Last December, Commission's Vice-President Neelie Kroes and the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on eHealth (Health IT) to promote a common approach on the interoperability of electronic health records and on education programmes for information technology and health professionals. The aim of the MoU is to create new markets and growth opportunities for industry in the eHealth sector in both the EU and the US. This workshop was organised to follow-up on the situation few months later.

    • DK: Danish eHealth portal allows users of health services to become better informed about their rights
      Law12 May 2011

      Health services users require a broad overview of their rights as patients. In an effort to meet this need, and with the assistance of this target group, Danish eHealth portal 'Sundhed.dk' has compiled key information under a theme called 'Patient Rights'. In order to be able to decipher the law and to seek the aid of a patient advisor in doing so, information from several different areas is needed so as to get an overview of rights and options as a patient in the healthcare system. The Danish eHealth portal has collected information from several entities in the form of an overview of essential patients' rights with links to detailed and relevant data. This new section has been well received by the portal users.