Designing, procuring and deploying innovative solutions is an important component of every public sector modernisation strategy, especially in the health and care sector. However, EU health service providers face many challenges, such as funding, a fragmented legal framework, lack of common standards or interoperability and varying user/patient preferences across the EU. Participants in this workshop …

by Heather Smith

HealthDay.si, the Slovenian ECHAlliance ecosystem have initiated a digital innovation hub for healthcare in this year, called dih.healthday.si. They have chosen 5 innovative companies in the first DIH generation that they’re supporting. Read the story about one of them: Smart Optometry, here Learn more about the Slovenian ECHAlliance ecosystem here Article Author: Tjaša Zajc

by Heather Smith

SmartWork raising awareness among the European research community SmartWork partners have been raising awareness of the project across the European research community and highlighting the importance of supporting active healthy ageing in the workplace. The latest quarterly ERCIM News Publication (July 2019) focuses on the special theme of ‘Digital Health’ and includes a two-page scientific news article, …

by Heather Smith

VALUECARE – Value-Based Methodology for Integrated Care supported by ICT ECHAlliance is very much looking forward the kick off-of the Large Scale Pilot VALUECARE, a H2020 project submitted last April and recently awarded. The project, that will start by the end of 2019 early 2020 and will be running over 4 years, is aimed at …

by Heather Smith

Date and Time: Wednesday 25 September 2019, 8.30am-10.30am  Venue: The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HS ECHAlliance Chair, Brian O’Connor will speak at the first Faculty of Remote and Rural Healthcare (FRRH) Business Breakfast 25th September at 8:50. The event is organised by  of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. About the event Many people around the …

by Heather Smith

According to a new study, eHealth adoption in primary healthcare in the EU has increased from 2013 to 2018, but there are large differences between the countries surveyed. Compared to 2013, the group of General Practitioners (GPs) who are enthusiastic about eHealth has doubled. Countries with the highest level of adoption (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Spain, …

by Heather Smith

This meeting of the eHealth Network held in Bucharest on 11-12 June led to important decisions: Malta, Portugal and Estonia received the green light to launch their first digital cross border services for the exchange of health data, and Member States adopted “investment guidelines” to orient public and private actors towards funding and purchasing choices …

by Heather Smith

On 14 June 2019, Norway joined the EU Member States driven initiative on linking genomic databases across borders, becoming the 21st country to join this cooperation mechanism. The signature by Norway took place today during the 5th Meeting of the Representatives of the Signatories of the Declaration ‘Towards access to at least 1 Million Genomes …

by Heather Smith

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on the strategic priorities of Horizon Europe, EU’s next framework programme for research and innovation. The consultation is open until 8 September. The results of the consultation will inform the work on the Strategic Planthat will put forward the policy priorities and targeted impacts of the investments for …

by Heather Smith

The Commission would like to hear your views on a proposal for a Council Regulation for a European Partnership on Innovative Health under Horizon Europe. This initiative aims to provide a collaborative platform for pre-competitive research and innovation where small and big companies can join forces with researchers, patients, healthcare professionals and regulators in the …

by Heather Smith

The Commission has opened a call for expression of interest to relaunch the eHealth Stakeholder Group. The group will support the digital transformation of healthcare in the EU. The Commission has just presented a call for expression of interest to select the members of the eHealth Stakeholder Group 2019-2022. Members of the group shall be …

by Heather Smith

Northern Ireland domiciliary care provider Connected Health is to create 200 new jobs in Leinster and Connaught after expanding its operations into the Republic of Ireland. With finance provided by Ulster Bank, the Belfast-based organisation has secured a controlling stake in Dublin-based care provider Home Care Plus, which currently employs 160 people. The new posts …

by Heather Smith

Our international project PULSE is glad to announce that will organize the 17th ICOST Conference. After sixteen successful editions and building upon the experienced background of the conference founder Istitut Mines-Télecóm, the ICOST 2019 will be hosted by New York University (NYU) and the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) in New York City, USA, …

by Heather Smith

NHS Digital have published their report ‘Digital inclusion for health and social care’ as a guide to help healthcare providers, commissioners, and designers ensure that services delivered digitally are as inclusive as possible, meeting the needs of all sections of the population.  To read the full report and download the guide please click here. 

by Heather Smith

We are delighted to be supporting Finland’s objectives during its presidency of the Council of the European Union 2019 Commenting on the appointment of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Brian O’Connor, Chair of ECHAlliance said: We are delighted to be supporting the Finnish Presidency. We have a great admiration for the …

by Matt Grek

This free to attend webinar, will give details about forthcoming H2020 Digital Health related Calls from the Health and ICT Work Programmes and will provide you with the opportunity to: Gather information on forthcoming topics Discuss and refine your project ideas with potential partners Join consortia forming around forthcoming topics Identify and link with new partners across Europe Overview This webinar is aimed at companies …

by Heather Smith

On 20 June the Ecosystem in Catalonia gathered to continue the journey to promote a Health ecosystem in Catalonia. The need to know what is being done throughout the country in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the field of health and the need to create a joint strategy was paramount during the gathering. Participants identified that …

by Heather Smith

The inaugural gathering of the ECHAlliance health ecosystem of Bretagne at the Health Innovation Day of Bretagne, France was held on 5 July. The event was organised by the regional health cluster, ID2Santé, together with the Regional Health Agency and the National School of Public Health. The day included an interview of Laura Létourneau, responsible …

by Heather Smith

On 28th June delegates gathered in Barcelona, Spain, for the 1st Advanced Training Health Innovation Knowledge Alliance (ATHIKA) Symposium on eHealth Challenge Identification and Analysis. Funded by the EU through Erasmus+, ATHIKA will study the challenges faced by the research on the impact and possible uses in the field of health of new technologies such …

by Heather Smith

The latest launch in England of the South West Interdisciplinary Technology Consortium for Healthcare (SWITCH)  launched on 8 July in Plymouth was a tremendous success, taking place on 8 July in Plymouth with over 160 participants. The event was opened by Plymouth University and saw speakers from Gealthwatc, local NHS organisations from Somerset and Cornwall …

by Heather Smith

Joan Cornet, Director Digital Health Observatory and Coalition of the Willing at ECHAlliance, muses on how the growth of  artificial intelligence  is causing trouble for the cognitive and emotional system of the simple human. Humans are the most successful species on this planet. From small transhumant tribes we have achieved an extraordinarily complex and effective …

by Heather Smith

The Regional Government of Castille and Leon received in May 2019, following contract award in October 2018, the initial version of the first platform in Europe for coordinated health and social care, in the context of the Innovative Public Procurement project for innovative solutions for health and social care support for patients with chronic disease …

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. Many of those opportunities have deadlines which have now passed but you may still be interested in these last few that are still open from our MEMBERS ONLY …

by Matt Grek

We recently caught up with Piret who gave us an update on what she thinks about ECHAlliance! Find out more about the Estonian Connected Health Ecosystem.

by Matt Grek

MOWG (Medicine Optimisation Working Group) is inviting all experts in the topic of polypharmacy to join Jana Lass from Estonia and her colleagues in MOWG in preparing the scenario for the first of the MOWG videos. In October 2019 ECHAlliance will publish the first in the series of four videos. The first video will explain …

by Heather Smith

Tunstall Healthcare has signed a landmark agreement that will see a leading Chinese community care organisation, Lime Family, use its ground-breaking technology to connect thousands of elderly citizens. ECHAlliance is able to create international business opportunities for our members, assisting the development of innovative and improved services for people. This is a win/win situation for providers, people …

by Heather Smith

ECHAlliance, as partner of Trillium II, is glad to announce that the project will complement an IPS global Community of Practice for digital health innovation to continue sharing, exploring, and developing the Ideas behind the International Patient Summary. As Catherine Chronaki, Secretary General HL7 Foundation and Scientific Coordinator of the Trillium II project, said “In …

by Heather Smith

In the end of June 2019 in Udine, EDEN partners have met for the 2nd Consortium Meeting. The aim of the meeting was to present the status of the project and to the discuss about the next steps. They have been two fruitful days in which the partners worked together, particularly focussing on how to …

by Heather Smith

We are delighted to announce that, for the first time, the 2019 EIP on AHA Conference of Partners will be jointly organised with the AAL Forum on the 23-25 September 2019 in Aarhus, Denmark. As part of their joint mission to support ageing and care in digital transformation, the two organisations are teaming up to …

by Heather Smith