The inaugural International Rural Mental Health Conference took place at Inverness College UHI on Monday 12th Tuesday 13th August 2019 and attracted 82 delegates from across the world.  The delegate came from a variety of background including academia, NHS and the 3rd Sector. The conference was opened by Prof Sandra MacRury, Head of School of …

by Heather Smith

ECHAlliance team had great meetings last week in Barcelona with our members “Barcelona Health Hub”, “Eurodis”, “GMSA” and “Mobile World Capital” ( which runs the Collider Accelerator in Barcelona ) discussing our Digital Health & Wellness Summit 2020 at the startup event 4 Years from Now( 4YFN ) part of Mobile World Congress.  The DHWS …

by Heather Smith

For many of our members and colleagues who have never been to an Ecosystem it can be hard to understand what actually happens at an ecosystem. Recently our Director of Ecosystems and Membership, Andy Bleaden had had lots of questions meeting new colleagues about what happens and here in the first of 2 articles he …

by Heather Smith

The latest Northern Ireland Connected Health Ecosystem Gathering took place in the magnificent setting of the City Hall, Belfast on Tuesday 3rd September 2019, the theme of which was ‘Supporting front line professionals and patients’. Jointly hosted by Belfast City Council and the Business Services Organisation, Health and Social Care Board, NI, the audience was welcomed …

by Heather Smith

EU Health Coalition calls for a balanced Horizon Europe that fosters both research and innovation and supports cross-fertilisation and collaboration across the framework programme’s pillars and clusters.   In light of the open consultation on the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan, the EU Health Coalition welcomes the European Commission’s outline, setting out policy priorities for the …

by Heather Smith

“Just because your solution solves a real problem, it won’t necessarily be successful on the market” When the company Saving partnered with the Josef Stefan Institute to take over commercialization of an innovative ECG monitor, the entrepreneurs assumed they have a relatively easy job ahead of them. They had a high-quality product designed by top …

by Heather Smith

Where the champions of healthcare unite The most anticipated digital health event of the year, the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference attracted about 2600 delegates from 64 countries to Helsinki on 12 – 13 June 2019. The two-day conference was an excellent opportunity to let the world know about Finland’s exceptional expertise in health …

by Heather Smith

A new scientific article from Life Supporting Technologies (LifeSTech), the innovation research group from the Technical University of Madrid, has been published in the scientific journal Sensors, Volume 19, Issue 13 (July-1 2019). The paper, which presents the design and development of PulsAir App and data ecosystem model, explains how these developments are imperative and scientifically designed to gather …

by Heather Smith

The National Document Centre will present its actions and services for research and business communities as National Contact Point for Horizon 2020, as co-ordinator of Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas and as co-ordinator of EIT-Health Hub in Greece. The National Documentation Centre (EKT) and the Pasteur Hellenic Institute, National Contact Points for Horizon 2020, are organising the …

by Heather Smith

We are really pleased to see more of our ecosystems and members connecting up. That is what being the Global Connector is all about. The Digital Health Ecosystem Wales visited the Digital Health & Care Institute to explore shared learning and collaboration opportunities. In particular how they can support each others innovation clusters. Learn more about Digital Health Ecosystem Wales and Scottish …

by Heather Smith

MOBILE APPS ARE SET TO BECOME A VITAL PART OF PERSONALISED HEALTHCARE THANKS TO A UNIQUE NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TECH FOR GOOD COMPANY, ELEMENTAL, AND THE WORLD’S LEADING HEALTH APP EVALUATION AND ADVISOR ORGANISATION, ORCHA The partnership will see Link Workers (non-clinical social practitioners) and healthcare professionals in Salford, Knowsley and West Lancashire prescribing people …

by Heather Smith

Call budget: € 18 million Funding level: 100% of eligible costs Open date: 3 June 2019, 00:00 Close date: 7 November 2019, 17:00 Description BackgroundAntimicrobials are designed to kill or stop the growth of disease-causing pathogens, but many of them have become increasingly ineffective due to emerging resistance by the targeted bacteria, viruses, protozoa or fungi. Selection …

by Heather Smith

On behalf of NHS organisations, ORCHA tests more apps than anyone else, looking at effectiveness, safety, security and usability. Here are three top scoring apps that are designed to people with dementia and their carers: DST: Dementia Test is a medical device that can help to detect the early stages of dementia, and can be used over a …

by Heather Smith

This brochure provides a quick overview on Digital Innovation Hubs, one of the key pillars of the European Commission’s Initiative for Digitising European Industry. Download the brochure Article Source: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/digital-innovation-hubs-helping-companies-across-economy-make-most-digital-opportunities

by Heather Smith

On the 25th of August, Lyon and Medinfo2019 hosted the 1st EU-China Health Summit on Medical Innovation and Technology Transfer. Summit chairs, Catherine Chronaki, the vice president of the European Federation of Medical Informatics, and Zhi Yang, professor of Capital Medical University and the vice president of the China Medical Informatics Association, jointly hosted the …

by Heather Smith

This document was written by the High-Level Expert Group on AI (AI HLEG). It is the second deliverable of the AI HLEG and follows the publication of the group’s first deliverable, Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI, published on 8 April 2019. The AI HLEG is an independent expert group that was set up by the …

by Heather Smith

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Content Networks and Technologies is launching a public consultation to gather the views of stakeholders on the priority areas for EU digital infrastructure investments and the best ways to address existing connectivity needs with Connecting Europe Facility support. The consultation is open until 11 September 2019. The Connecting Europe …

by Heather Smith

Health community think tanks this year discussed how to address the challenges of deploying artificial intelligence. The discussion found that systematic and structured data collection and changes in the financing of the whole process were a prerequisite for moving forward with artificial intelligence. According to Piret Hirv, head of the Connected Health Cluster, collaboration between …

by Heather Smith

MIND, Dutch Foundation for Mental Health, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA), the leading specialist in the assessment of health apps. The aim of the agreement is to provide an App signposting platform, providing an overview through the Dutch ‘jungle’ of apps and other e-health applications that promote mental …

by Heather Smith

After three weeks of public voting, the decision has been made: out of 36 dynamic European innovators longlisted for this year’s Innovation Radar Prize, 12 will move to the next phase and compete in the final. On 5 August, the Commission launched the Innovation Radar prize2019, an initiative that aims to celebrate high potential innovations – …

by Heather Smith

We have a request from our Scottish Digital Health Ecosystem and NHS Scotland for information; The Scottish Government and NHS Scotland is currently in the process of reforming Primary Care. Elements of that reform include the expansion of the multi-disciplinary team so that people receive the right professional care at the right time and by the right …

by Heather Smith

The Innovation Agency held their 19th Digital Ecosystem event in July where they explored digital solutions enabling care closer to home, with a particular focus on care closer to home. It was part of their series of events to promote digital innovation in health and care, run in partnership with the ECHAlliance. We are really …

by Heather Smith
by Heather Smith

Summary Public Health England’s (PHE’s) Whole systems approach to obesity: a guide to support local approaches to promoting a healthy weight is a professional resource that is designed to support local action to address obesity. The guide describes a ‘how to’ process, which can enable local authorities, and their partners, to start creating their own local whole …

by Heather Smith

We are pleased to announce that our CEO, Brian O’Connor and one of the ECHAlliance members, Ester Sarquella from Tunstall will speak at the European Digital Health Congress 2019. Brian O’Connor will give an introduction at 10h and Ester Sarquella, will be on the panel session “Care for people Integrated Care” at 10:45h both on the …

by Heather Smith

We have been busy building new content for our new website on ECHAlliance International Digital Health Ecosystems to provide more content on our ecosystems as well as more information on how to get involved in and participate in an Ecosystem. Already as you will have seen in our previous newsletters has been a great year already …

by Heather Smith

PULSE @ AAL Forum 23-25 September 2019 PULSE will be at the AAL Forum on the 23-25 September 2019 with a dedicated booth in the Exhibition area which will be open Tuesday 24th from 9.00 to 18.00 and Wednesday 25th from 9.00 to 18.00. The Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Programme promotes innovative technological product …

by Heather Smith

Andy Bleaden, Director Ecosystem Development for ECHAlliance, comments:  We publish these here in our newsletter and online a month after we send them directly to our members, in our monthly MEMBERS ONLY Funding Opportunities Newsletter. If you want to receive these in advance like our members then please become an ECHAlliance member! Becoming a member …

by Heather Smith

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), ranked number one university in the Netherlands and the 50th in the world, has been supporting, since 2005, a startup incubator, training teams of students and other young entrepreneurs in setting up their company and networking the founders with potential investors, suppliers and customers. On a mission to build tomorrow’s leading …

by Heather Smith

After months of winter, summer is a time when many of us take action to feel healthier and more energetic. But a gym can be too intimidating and expensive. Step forward: the inspirational charity Fitmums, that assigns a mentor, who, after a couple of coffee meet-ups, helps people to start their journey to fitness in …

by Heather Smith
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