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

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