At the annual Open Days event in Brussels you can participate in several workshops on eHealth. The EU-funded Haivisio project will discuss for example how to deploy products and services generated by European research projects. And the Sustains project will talk about patients having online access to their health information.

Open Days 2014

Over the years, the Open Days have grown into the key event on EU Regional Policy. It welcomes some 6 000 participants (local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts) for more than 100 workshops and debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

The workshops focussing on eHealth are:


  • 09:00 - 10:45 - 07B03 - The importance of using structural funds to drive sustainable healthcare systems

Organisers: COCIR (European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry), the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE)
Venue: Committee of the Regions, Van Maerlant, Room 3

Debate demonstrating the critical role structural funds can play in achieving sustainable healthcare models, with better access for and inclusion of patients.

  • 09:00 - 13:00 - 07A09 - Affordable healthcare and economic growth through smart specialisation

Organisers: EU4Health
Venue: Art56, Avenue des Arts 56

Workshop on the potential of smart innovations with ICT to provide not only more healthy years of life for EU citizens and more efficient healthcare but also economic growth.

  • 09:00 - 10:45 - 09D01 - Paving the way for eHealth, active ageing and independent living products and services generated by European Research & Innovation projects

Organisers: HAIVISIO (7th Framework Program)
Venue: European Commission, Charlemagne, Room Mansholt
Speakers and chair(s): Mr. Markkula Markku, Mr. Zilgalvis Peteris, Ms. Jordán Rodríguez Blanca (Chair), Mr. Iakovidis Ilias, Ms. Parent Anne-Sophie

Demographic changes in Europe require new solutions for active ageing, eHealth and independent living.

This workshop will be an opportunity to learn about products and services generated by European research projects. It will look at how to set common strategies for dissemination and exploitation activities, and how to facilitate collaboration environments. You will learn how to bridge the space between the Horizon 2020 program and regional innovation and implementation through targeted ESIF/ERDF operational programmes.

You will also find out about the EU thematic network and up-coming covenant on demographic change that is open to local and regional actors interested in innovative approaches towards supporting active and healthy ageing.

  • 09:00 - 10:45 - 09A02 - Patients' new touch on healthcare: Meeting the Digital Agenda 2020 by online access to health records and interactive health services

Organisers: Patients' new touch on Healthcare (Sustains)
Venue: Thon Hotel EU
Speakers and chair(s): Mr. Iaccarino Guido , Ms. Laarmann Heli , Mr. Eklund Benny (Chair), Mr. Atzori Walter , Mr. Raapysjarvi Katja , Mr. Rubial
Bernárdez Felix , Mr. Chelli Raniero

Interactive access to information and services is instrumental to getting a 'new touch on Healthcare', i.e. to enable patients to play a more active role in health issues. Already many regions have enabled online interaction with healthcare services, including online access to Electronic Health Records (EHR).

European Commission's DG for Regional Policy, Committee of the Regions