ECHAlliance June 2017 Newsletter

ECHAlliance June 2017 Newsletter
Member News

Digital Health around the Globe 2017, 27-29th of September 2017 Beijing, China 

Join us for this opportunity to connect China and Europe. The CCHAlliance and the ECHAlliance have joined forces to identify the Organisations who are shaping the International markets and how to connect them at this event.

Delegate numbers are being kept to a maximum of 150 to ensure there is sufficient time for meaningful contacts.

Registration will open soon and there will be sponsorship opportunities.

On 27 September, there will be ‘invitation only’ round tables, one on Big Data and the other on Traditional Chinese Medicine 

On 28/29 September there will be ‘open sessions’ with speakers from ‘Digital Health Around the Globe 2017’ and opportunities to meet potential partners.

Among those attending are senior representatives from:

• Traditional Chinese Medicine – Academic Institutions, Hospitals, Industry

• Big Data – National, Provincial and Municipal Big Data organisations, plus key players from Industry and Academia

There is significant investment in Big Data in China and a willingness to understand what is happening Internationally and a wish to find partners.

Read more here



Estonian EU Presidency 2017: the Digital Health Society, “Priorities, collective actions and high-level conference”

Estonia will lead Europe when they assume the Presidency of the EU council from 1st of July 2017. As part of the Presidency programme, supporting digital innovation in healthcare will be one of the priority topics, in line with the overall priority of the Digital Single market in Europe and the Free Flow of Data. In preparation for this, the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs has appointed the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) as its International Strategic Partner and co-organiser of an event planned for Tallinn in October 2017.

The Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia and ECHAlliance have launched the Digital Health Society (DHS) Declaration, as a call for actions about the strategies and actions to achieve the digital transformation of healthcare systems. This grass-root initiative is developed collectively with the EU key stakeholders representing policy-makers, citizens, health professionals, scientists, companies and payers. The DHS Declaration will be officially presented and signed during the eHealth conference which will take place in Tallinn next 16-18 October, and it will also be the support document for EU council recommendations to be published in December 2017. 

We are then organising a webinar which will be the opportunity to present:
• the main objectives of the Estonian EU Presidency for health and social care
• the content, topics and the consultation process of the Digital Health Society Declaration
• the outline programme of the Digital Health Society conference on 16-18 October in Tallinn and how to contribute to the agenda.

• Ain AAVIKSOO, Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia
• Brian O’CONNOR, Chair of the ECHAlliance

When: 4 July 2017 at 10:30 CET
Register: Unfortunately due to extremely high demand this webinar is now full. A recording of the webinar will be available to download from Connector after the event



Digital Health Society (Supported by the Estonia Presidency and ECHAlliance)

Read the interesting study on “Mapping out the obstacles of free movement of electronic health records in the EU in the light of single digital market”

The Government Office of Estonia commissioned a study on “Mapping out the obstacles of free movement of electronic health records in the EU in the light of single digital market”. The study was initiated and conducted in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs.

This report is a summary of a study conducted in Estonia that analyses various obstacles of free movement of data across the EU and in the Member States to suggest recommendations to overcome the obstacles. Five Member States are chosen to have a better understanding of the diversity of eHealth systems being used in the EU. The chosen Member States were Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom (England) (with Estonian eHealth system being used as a point of comparison). Although the systems were differently organised, it is impossible to say whether one was superior to the other. Therefore, the report does not favour a certain system; instead it tries to give an overview of the different opportunities countries have when implementing a eHealth system.

Read More here

In Addition

ECHAlliance was appointed by the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs to work in collaboration with Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and other partners in a benchmarking study exploring regional examples of third party integration with public health information systems. The study is almost complete with ECHAlliance using its international network to identify and engage with European and international regions in order to benchmark processes and the legal and technical frameworks for sharing data with 3rd parties. The Estonian government will use the insights from this study to inform their work in this area.

The findings will be made available later this year.


Monthly Podcast Interview arranged through our section partner ‘Digital Health Today’


Upcoming Ecosystem Meetings

We are pleased to share the dates for the upcoming Ecosystem Gatherings across the network.

Details available on Connector here

• Galicia, Spain, 29 June 17
• Yorkshire & Humber, UK, 11 July 17
• Valencia, Spain, 13 July 17
• Manchester, UK, 20 July 17
• Estonia, 25 August 17
• Dublin, Ireland, 4 September 17

ECHAlliance members wishing to attend the Ecosystem meetings should contact for registration details. Learn more about the ECHAlliance Ecosystem Network here


Ecosystems News

Save the date! Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting, 11 July!

Theme: Interoperability & Integration 
Opportunity to contribute to regional ambitions for enhanced information sharing and communication within healthcare systems – working with STP partners to explore how integrating social prescribing, apps and digital platforms could play a role in future mental health services and co-designing patient-owned shared records. 
Read More


DigitalHealth London inaugural Ecosystem Meeting, 15 June

On Thursday 15th June DigitalHealth.London worked in partnership with the Healthy London Partnership to host London’s first Ecosystem.

The afternoon focused on ‘virtual consultations in primary care’ and was aimed at bringing together industry and NHS primary care stakeholders to collaborate on breaking down the barriers to wider use of virtual consultation and triage technologies across general practice in London.

The event brought people together to support GPs to engage with the new technologies that exist in the online consultation space, highlight areas of best practice and move stakeholders along the implementation pathway. 

90 delegates registered to attend from across London, eager to contribute to, and learn from, the fast-moving conversation around online consultations and the afternoon kicked-off with keynotes and updates from some of London’s trendsetting clinicians, Murray Ellender, Aumran Tahir and Ammara Hughes, each of whom brought particular perspectives to the need for change amongst primary care.
Read more here


Successful Oulu Ecosystem meeting! International Health Innovators Network and Brainstorm in Oulu, Finland

On 30-31 May all eyes were set on Oulu, where one of the most anticipated events of this spring took place. Health DemoDate attracted approximately 300 participants and 45 exhibitors from the Nordic countries, Canada, Belgium, Germany and Holland for a two-day event with the theme ‘Nordic co-creation for Health Tech growth’. The idea was to bring together specialists to discuss medical advances and to provide a supportive environment for companies to network and find new business partners.
Read more here


Check the latest newsletters from the ManchesterOulu and Estonia Ecosystems

Lastest from the Canadian Integrated Health Alliance 

The Canadian Integrated Health Alliance ( connects national and international stakeholders in government, medicine and industry for more productive partnerships through collaboration. The resulting network of “ecosystems” are a powerful and proven force for change, as our combined knowledge and skills are expanding resources, reducing costs and solving complex healthcare problems faster than any one group alone. 

The Canadian Alliance is currently supporting several important e-Health collaborations.

Read more here

Other News

Successful ERRIN Working Group Health meeting held on 24 May in Brussels
Read more here

View all the eHealth Week 2017 – One Minute Interviews
Read more here

Midterm Review: Digital Single Market Strategy includes areas for enhanced action in digital health
Read more here

Revisions of Medical Device Directives
Read more here

EU Projects Collaborations

ECHAlliance has won several European projects, acting as coordinator or as WP leader. 

We can help our members to identify partners in Europe and build innovative consortia. Information on the next round of Calls is expected soon, register your interest with us so we can prepare.


See information about Horizon 2020 calls here. Please contact Julien Venne if you are interested in collaborating



ECHAlliance is delighted to inform that we have been successful with a new H2020-funded Project “WE4AHA”

The project will advance the effective, large-scale uptake and impact of Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA), building on a comprehensive set of support and promotion services. Through WE4AHA’s centralised administration, coordination and external communication, the relevant stakeholders will be mobilised to help develop and implement three EU guided activities: Innovation to Market (I2M), Blueprint Digital Transformation of Health and Care for the Ageing Society, and EIP on AHA. We will communicate more information in September. 

Read more here


Silver Economy Awards open for application
The Silver Economy Awards is a new initiative to reward ICT-based innovative solutions that improve the lives of European seniors and support the growth of the European Silver Economy. If you offer such a solution and you represent a public authority, non-for-profit or for profit organisation, you can apply until 15 November 2017.

Read more here


Tenders Room


We have created for our members a new section on our global Connector platform of some of the many tenders related to connected health in Europe.

Access here (for members only)


Other Events – more info available on our website here

Internet of Health Business Conference, 12-13 September, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Digital Health around the Globe 2017, 28-29 September,Beijing, China

AAL Forum 2017, 2-4 October, Coimbra, Portugal


Health in the Digital Society, Digital Society in Health, 16-18 October, Estonia, Tallinn


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