The European Commission aims to boost adoption of innovative solutions in health and care services by allocating funding for innovation procurement. A conference on this topic will be held under the Estonian EU presidency on 17 and 18 October 2017.

Sessions on health, wellbeing and demographic change:

  • 17 Oct. 14:00-16:00 Innovation procurement experiences (Examples and analysis of innovation procurements across Europe): Telemedicine for Intensive Care Units procurement, THALEA project. Peter Asché, Commercial Director, University Hospital Aachen, Germany;
  • 18 Oct. 11:15-12:30 Interactive session on innovative health and care services: diagnosis and integrated care.
    Introduction and moderation: Sasa Jenko, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission;

  • 18 Oct. 13:30-14:45 Interactive session on innovative health and care services: ICT for health and active ageing. Introduction and moderation: Jaakko Aarnio, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission.

The sessions on 18 October both include 2-3 minute pitches for demand side stakeholders to find appropriate beneficiaries.

The two-day conference is mainly targeting policy makers, public procurers and innovators. Its aims are capacity building, experience sharing and networking about major ICT-related innovation procurement initiatives across Europe and to facilitate networking between stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiatives and funding opportunities.

"By using its purchasing power effectively and imaginatively, the public sector can act as a ‘smart buyer’ to attract industry into developing products and services for wide social use", says Commissioner Andrus Ansip in his blog post.

Event website

European Commission (DG Connect and DG RTD), Estonian Presidency of the EU Council