The combination of various technologies in groups, commonly known as "Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)" is expected to bring unprecedented innovations in health and care. What is being done in Europe today to accelerate the development and the use of these advanced technologies, enabling new solutions for health and care? What role can Horizon 2020 play in supporting innovation hubs for health, in the development of smart connected devices and the digitisation of health and care? What are the opportunities for researchers and other actors in the field?

This workshop was structured in two parts:

Call Information and Networking

13 September, 13:30 – 17:00, Avenue de Beaulieu, 25 - 0/S1, 1160 Brussels, Belgium

Information on Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2017 information on open calls and opportunities for networking:

The relevant call topics were presented by the European Commission followed by Q&As. Then potential proposers and organisations offering proposal ideas, expertise and know-how, had the opportunity of an elevator pitch, interaction with the European Commission officials and networking.

Stakeholders' consultation on cross-KETs for Health: EU current position and future

14 September, 9:00 - 15:00, Place Madou, 1 - Auditorium, 1210 Brussels, Belgium

The speakers presented the Visions and Strategic Research Agenda's for shaping the future of healthcare and the role of medical technologies. They presented their priorities for the years 2018-2020 and beyond.

The objective was to identify barriers to be overcome in transferring advanced innovative cross-KETs and system solutions to the healthcare market and into real field applications. Views of technology and service providers, system integrators, end-users and industry were presented and discussed. The main topics to be addressed included Innovation Hubs for Health, Smart Connected Devices and Digitizing Smart Health & Care.

The related European Technology Platforms (ETP's) ETP-Nanomedicine, Photonics21, the European Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EpoSS), EUMAT and ESB (Biomaterials), COCIR  and other public and private organisations and initiatives,presented their Visions and Strategic Research Agenda's, focusing on Healthcare applications. The need for connected healthcare via eHealth, mHealh and telemedicine was highlighted.

Furthermore, the Task Force for the nascent 'Industrial Driven Initiative on Emerging and Strategic Technologies for Healthcare' ('IDI ESTHER') presented the status of this initiative.

The need for connected healthcare via eHealth, mHealh and integrated care and the alignment with European Health policies and initiatives (e.g. the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing and the Blueprint of digital transformation in health and care) were highlighted.
The Commission services explained policies such as for Innovation Hubs for Health, Smart Connected Devices and Digitizing Smart Health & Care.

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