As we enter the next phase of pandemic response, physiotherapy services are looking to support people recovering from Covid-19. One of the most prevalent problems is fatigue. Fatigue following a viral infection is common, but for some people the symptoms may persist for months and impact on their quality of life. We asked Physios for …

by Heather Smith

Last month, DigitalHealthEurope (DHE)  organized a webinar with the aim to present emerging results from WP4 – Collaboration platform on “Citizens’ secure access to and sharing of health data”, gather stakeholders’ feedback and ideas, and support the dissemination of such results. DigitalHealthEurope is a H2020 Coordination and Support Action involving 17 partners from 10 different …

by Heather Smith

Week of webinars 25-29 May As part of our knowledge exchange activities, each year at this time the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care team host a multi-disciplinary Learning Network day. In 2019, 300 people joined us in Glasgow for a day of snapshot presentations, workshops and networking with the exhibitors. Brian O’Connor, Chair of ECHA, …

by Heather Smith

Today, the Commission and the High Representative are assessing their steps to fight disinformation around the coronavirus pandemic and are proposing a way forward. This follows the tasking by European leaders in March 2020 to resolutely counter disinformation and reinforce resilience of European societies. The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a massive wave of …

by Heather Smith

How and to what extent can Artificial Intelligence and High Performance Computing help in the fight against Covid-19? In the hunt for answers, European scientists are combining algorithms, biochemistry and molecular screenings as part of a research project that’s seeking to identify potentially new molecules that could be used for drugs against the coronavirus. Article …

by Heather Smith

Yesterday saw our pop-up ecosystem which was themed on “dementia during COVID19 times.” In this session we were pleased to feature our strategic partner Tunstall Healthcare who gave an excellent presentation about the new white paper “Transformational Value of Telecare for people living independently” which gave real concrete evidence of the value of telecare in preventing …

by Heather Smith

How has Seek&Care helped the Belgian healthcare system during the last weeks marked by the pandemic? Read the full interview here How has Optima Pharma helped the Belgian healthcare system during the last weeks marked by the pandemic? Read the full interview here

by Heather Smith

The corona crisis has triggered many good initiatives aiming at mitigating loneliness amongst older people. It is a positive development since loneliness is a risk factor that might lead to a variety of diseases, and even early death. Therefore, there is a need for interventions, that can mitigate the increasing solitude – both during this …

by Heather Smith

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by NHS Scotland. Successful applicants will receive 100% funding and have access to advice from NHS Grampian. The aim is to increase availability of psychological care at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital for children and young people (CYP) with significant gastrointestinal symptoms but no underlying medical disease. Where …

by Heather Smith

Elemental is an award winning Tech For Good company that helps stakeholders in population health management to focus on addressing the wider determinants of health: income, wealth, housing, education, transport, leisure and supports the adoption of health behaviours and lifestyles: smoking, diet, drinking, exercise. Vision GPs are now able to make, manage and report on …

by Heather Smith

Blood donations and transfusions are vital to healthcare, but tracking the journey from vein to vein in real time remains elusive. 1- Could blockchain become the lifeblood of healthcare? Blood donation, processing, testing, distribution and transfusion is a complex, highly regulated process. Blockchain can support monitoring and traceability from donor to patient. About 1 in 10 …

by Heather Smith

Digital innovation is helping a leading US healthcare network cope with the challenges of social distancing.  1- How do you maintain hands-on care at arm’s length? A leading American health system knew it needed to transform its operational model in order to effectively respond to changes in patient needs as a result of the COVID-19 …

by Heather Smith

Following on from our Pop-Up Ecosystem on Mental Health – Here is some funding for research into the effects of the #COVID19 pandemic on mental health UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is joining the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to boost its support for research investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental …

by Heather Smith

AAL Call 2020 is part of the Active & Assisted Living Programme (AAL Programme) that was approved in May 2014 by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. As part of the work programme, the AAL Programme has launched a new Call for Proposals in February 2020: “Healthy Ageing with the Support of …

by Heather Smith

We are so delighted that we now have a Norwegian Digital Health Ecosystem in our International Network of Digital Health Ecosystems.  Want to find out more about Norwegian Smart Care Cluster (NSCC)? Watch Arild Kristensen from the Norwegian Smart Care Cluster :

by Heather Smith

 Apulia (IT) has put in place multi-level approaches to deal with the current pandemic. The region works with high-level and smart digital healthcare solutions based on epidemiological surveillance and epidemiology for assistance. This article will outline four of those intelligent solutions:  WebApp “HCasa – Covid-19 management system”. Apulia is working with an online application called HCase. This application is …

by Heather Smith

Tomaž Gornik, Better:  “The crisis has taught us that in such cases, high quality, centrally stored data will be of significant benefit.” The 2019 novel coronavirus has been changing the world as well as healthcare systems. Tomaž Gornik, CEO of Better, one of the leading providers of breakthrough healthcare IT solutions, focuses on trends related to digital transformation of healthcare. He believes that …

by Heather Smith

The European Innovation Council (EIC) has launched a €1.5m EIC Scalator Pilot to address the needs of EIC beneficiaries with the potential to scale up and become sustainable global deep-tech leaders. This tailored support will be a fundamental part of the future services provided by the EIC under Horizon Europe and InvestEU. The EIC Scalator …

by Heather Smith

Given the challenges the world is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, app developers have been quick to create digital solutions to help people manage their health and, potentially, slow the spread of COVID-19. But they have also been equally fast in spotting a loophole in app store security, in order to get their apps …

by Heather Smith

On 5th May, Northern Ireland’s Minister of Health announced as part of NI’s Coronavirus News Conference that a new health App Library has been launched to help people manage their health and wellbeing, as part of the NI Government’s COVID-19 response. We are delighted to have worked with Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSCNI), in …

by Heather Smith

Andy Bleaden our Director for Ecosystems and Membership writes about progress in developing new services and support for our members and network and improving our information for members. Over the last few months we have continued to review our membership which as a member organisation I know to be vital and we have made considerable …

by Heather Smith

It will be no surprise that in the last few months all of our members and ecosystems have been impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and for many the challenge to break down silos, transform health and social care as well as create economic opportunities has never had a sharper focus. During this time we have been …

by Heather Smith

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), via the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is inviting outline proposals for research grants of up to £2 million (at 100% fEC) for a period of up to 36 months. The Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme (SBDRP) is part of the ISCF Healthy Ageing Challenge portfolio of activities. …

by Heather Smith

The openEHR Day Nordics and openEHR Workshop for Social Care, which were scheduled for 25th March in Helsinki, had to be postponed. In the meantime, the openEHR International is posting blogs written by knowledgeable experts. The first blog was written by Hanna Pohjonen PhD and we shared it in April. The author of the second blog …

by Heather Smith

Competition opens: Monday 4 May 2020 Competition closes: Wednesday 5 August 2020 12:00pm Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research. We will fund digital health and smart device projects that promote healthy ageing. They must meet one or …

by Heather Smith

Business Finland and German ZIM programme are looking for inspiring market-oriented joint projects between small and medium-sized enterprises in Finland and Germany. The call is currently ongoing and is open until September 15, 2020. Project ideas should stem from the companies’ own needs and can belong to any domain. The projects should involve the development …

by Heather Smith

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to apply for grant funding from the 2020-1 CEF Telecom call for eDelivery (€0.9 million), eID & eSignature (€3 million), eTranslation (€4 million) and the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (€3 million) has been extended to 25 June 2020 to give more time for applicants to prepare their proposals. The original deadline was …

by Heather Smith

Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX) and Vortran Medical Technology are teaming up to speed and scale production of Vortran’s GO2Vent ventilator and related Airway Pressure Monitor (APM-Plus) for hospitals and emergency response units fighting the rising number of patients in respiratory distress. The two companies expect to work together to quickly respond to the shortage of …

by Heather Smith

Need for care homes delayed by 8+ months & millions in social care funding redeployed New research has revealed how potentially life-saving technology is helping older people stay independent at home for longer – delaying a move to a care home by nearly nine months and enabling hard-pressed local authorities to redeploy millions in social …

by Heather Smith

Brotzu hospital in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy is using an application for COVID-19 medical data collection that are used to make treatment decisions. The application is based on Better Platform and it was developed by our partner company Inpeco in only ten days. We spoke with Paolo Anedda, Head of Innovation Projects at Inpeco, about the …

by Heather Smith