How can we best innovate health and care provision in our ageing society? Called upon by Commissioner Günther Oettinger, policy makers, civil society, professional organisations and industry have developed a European blueprint to address this challenge. Next to a shared vision on this topic, it also includes a roadmap listing actions until 2018.

Blueprint to innovate health and care in Europe

Last year Commissioner Oettinger invited all stakeholders to work together with the European Commission in the development of a blueprint; a living document containing a 'shared vision' on how innovation enabled by a Digital Single Market can transform health and care provision and contribute to the European Silver Economy.

Recognising that a shared vision is essential to mobilise investment and guarantee the commitment of all actors to a digital transformation of health and care for the ageing society, a number of industrial players, regional authorities, professional organisations and multistakeholder platforms such as the EIP on AHA, accepted the invitation from the Commissioner and started the work.

As a result, three representatives officially handed over the blueprint to the Commissioner at the second European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (5-8 December 2016): Regional Health Minister Encarna Guillen (Murcia, Spain), Christian Reinaudo (President of AGFA Gevaert) and John Dunne (President Eurocarers).

They represented the initial 'Champions'; organisations that contributed to the blueprint and that agree with the overall principle of developing a shared vision on how digital transformation of health and care can benefit Europe's ageing society, which are:

  • European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA)
  • Reference Sites Collaborative Network of the EIP on AHA
  • European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR)
  • European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL)
  • Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA)
  • Integrating the Healthcare Entreprise (IHE)
  • European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance)
  • EUROCARERS – European Association Working for Carers
  • AGFA HealthCare
  • Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI)
  • Orange HealthCare
  • Philips
  • Tunstall Healthcare

The European Ageing Summit flagship event was organised by the European Commission in partnership with the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions. It brought together over 1200 participants engaged in developing, investing in and deploying digital innovation for active and healthy ageing.