Are you eager to learn more about the three best solutions awarded by the 2018 Silver Economy Awards in the category “For profit” and “Non-for-profit” organisations? The webinars are organised by the SEED project and will give participants the opportunity to learn more about our three finalists in the category “Non-for-profit” and “For profit” organisations.  Although …

by Heather Smith

Expats have decided, Estonia could really become your home if you want it all – modern digital services and immediate proximity with the nature. Have a look at Access2Europe Online Academy video, where Leonardo Ortega from Work in Estonia (www.workinestonia.com) shares six advantages of the Nordic-Eastern wonderland – e-Estonia. Get a first-hand experience yourself and …

by Heather Smith

The European Union is changing its approach towards eHealth. In an effort to put Europe back into the global driving seat, the European Commission has chosen to go beyond suggesting standards for electronic prescriptions and patient summaries. Its new goal is a Europe-wide ecosystem for data-driven healthcare, a vision of which healthcare IT system interoperability …

by Heather Smith

Elemental named as digital partner in £3 million Big Lottery funded project aimed at tackling social isolation Back in June,The Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum received the fantastic news that their joint bid with Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing  was successful in being awarded more than £3 million of National Lottery funding to run …

by Heather Smith

THE FUTURE OF DOCTOR DUPLEX It is not unreasonable to think that the software that gives life to the personal assistants of Google, Alexa, Siri, and Cortana will improve the services it provides, says Frederic Lordachs (Expansion) – Developers and people familiar with the Agile methodology are dominating the world: we live in a time …

by Heather Smith

Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and other tech giants want to fix one of the most broken things about health care It’s difficult for patients to share medical records, especially between hospitals. Despite years of efforts to make it easier, there are strong economic incentives that keep health tech incumbents and care providers from fixing the problem. …

by Heather Smith

Latin America and Europe have never been so close. The BELLA (Building Europe Link to Latin America) consortium, whose leading investor is the European Commission, has signed a contract agreement with EllaLink, a private consortium, to launch the deployment of an underwater fibre optic cable connecting Europe and Latin America. The cable will provide reliable …

by Heather Smith

Are we any closer to generalised intelligence than two decades ago? Artificial Intelligence – a rapidly advancing technology promising to transform whole industries in the next five years with profound implications for how we live and work. Or, as we hear on this week’s Tech Tent, a massively overhyped buzzword for quite a mundane field …

by Heather Smith

Twelve councils have been chosen by NHS Digital and the Local Government Association to explore how technology could help shape the future of social care. Scoping proposals range from how biometric technology might be used to assist people with learning disabilities and autism in the Wirral to how skills passports might help the social care …

by Heather Smith

Current issues EU-UK data transfers post-Brexit The UK and the EU have not yet reached agreement on an arrangement that would preserve cross-border data flows post-Brexit. The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has previously rejected a proposal put forward by the UK. The proposed arrangement sought to continue the uninterrupted and secure EU-UK personal data flows, which the UK …

by Heather Smith

Interesting article of an ECHAlliance member, Osborne Clarke about “Are the UK competition authorities ready to police the digital revolution?” On 2 August 2018, the UK Treasury department announced a review of the fitness of competition policy for the digital age. The review will be chaired by US economist Professor Jason Furman (formerly the top economic adviser …

by Heather Smith

Nice, in the heart of the Health Europe #ChallengeforaNicelife The City of Nice and its Mayor, Christian Estrosi, have made health a major focus of improving the quality of life of its inhabitants. Thus, the City of Nice has : committed, since 2015, to an innovative health policy that involves modeling health challenges, undertaken to …

by Heather Smith

Deterministic and Probabilistic Predictive Modelling of Environmental and Clinical Risk Factors in T2D and Asthma Authors: E. Longato, A. Zandonà, M. Vettoretti, B. Di Camillo. PULSE project partner, University of Padova Summary:  The team at the University of Padova have been working on predictive models of type 2 diabetes ((T2D) and asthma onsets, with the …

by Heather Smith

Overview Last summer, we published our plans for reducing roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations in the UK, setting out our approach to meeting the statutory limits for NO2. This draft of our Clean Air Strategy outlines our ambitions relating to reducing air pollution in the round, making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy. …

by Heather Smith

The DHEW Summer Event was held on July 18th 2018, with 120 people gathering to hear about future funding opportunities. We had presentations from Innovate UK about the current competition for disruptive technologies and the future competitions on Healthy Ageing and Mental Health, WEFO and the ECH Alliance on the upcoming Horizon 202 Calls, an …

by Heather Smith

Brussels, Belgium, 18 July 2018 – A new Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Accelerator Programme is part of new Calls for proposals launched today by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI). Of the other topics launched in the Calls, many address brain disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, major depression) and immune-mediated diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis …

by Heather Smith

Today’s healthcare world belongs to the ‘e-consumer’. The ‘e-consumer’ is the result of increased access to information, enhanced consumer experiences in other industries and uncontrollable rises in healthcare costs. ‘E-consumers’ need to be treated as powerful participants in their own health in partnership with healthcare organizations. They need to be empowered, engaged, equipped and enabled. …

by Heather Smith

Experts across the health ecosystem have shared their insights on the way healthcare is being impacted in a digitally connected world at a recent RMIT health innovation symposium in Europe. The group presented at the Rethinking healthcare for the future symposium at RMIT Europe in Barcelona, which saw participants from health and social care, education and research, policy, industry, …

by Heather Smith

A new report prepared jointly by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) InnovFin Advisory shows that the use of supercomputing for industrial and commercial applications in Europe has grown rapidly in recent years. The study is based on a large number of interviews with representatives from industry, academia and the financial community, …

by Heather Smith

At the end of the H2020 funded SEED project, the EU Silver Economy Awards will be taken over by the Covenant on Demographic Change. We are therefore glad to announce that during the Silver Week organized by the Provincial Council of Biscay  (22-28 Sept 2018), an official handover will be organized at the General Assembly …

by Julia Worcman

The European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) and the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH) announce a strategic partnership to accelerate and drive the international deployment of digital health at scale, facilitate greater collaboration for international digital health projects and create economic opportunities. Digital technologies offer huge opportunities to strengthen health systems and improve the way …

by Matt Grek

The meeting on July 12th of the Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem brought together delegates from academia, industry, and the NHS & social care organisations to hear about the opportunities enabled by the recent awarding of Local Health Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE) status to the City-Region. Healthcare data needs to be able to accessible by both …

by Heather Smith

Insurance coverage, practice standards and credentialing could be impacted. The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed sweeping telehealth legislation, accompanying a companion bill passed by the Senate in November 2017.  While Massachusetts is often considered a leader in health care innovation, the Commonwealth has not enacted significant legislation in this area for several years, and is among the …

by Heather Smith

New Coalition Of Philanthropists Including Bill Gates And Leonard Lauder Commit More Than $30 Million To Develop New Tools To Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease Philanthropist Bill Gates and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) co-founder Leonard Lauder have announced a new initiative, Diagnostics Accelerator, to develop novel biomarkers for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and related …

by Heather Smith

Patients in Europe are still generally unaware of their rights and the possibility to access health services in other EU Member States, as well as of the existence of National Contact Points (NCPs) to help them exercise their rights under the Cross-border Healthcare Directive. These are the results of the study ”Enhancing information provision to patients”, funded under …

by Heather Smith

ECHAlliance member, The Digital Health & Care Institute is organising a Special Issue on “Global Advances in Telehealth Practice” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health The Digital Health & Care Institute is organizing a Special Issue on “Global Advances in Telehealth Practice” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public …

by Heather Smith

On 9th July 2018, over 300 policy makers, healthcare providers, patient representatives and other experts discussed their views about the future cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). The discussions indicated that, after 20 years of joint work, HTA should be given a fair chance to become more structured, sustainable and efficient, better allowing for an …

by Heather Smith

EXISTING MARKET AND INVESTMENT INFORMATION IN EUROPE FOR THE ACTIVE AND ASSISTED LIVING DOMAIN The AAL Association is proud to announce the release of the AAL Market and Investment Report. The work aims to provide a consolidated view of the existing market and investment information in Europe for the Active and Assisted Living domain. It covers …

by Heather Smith

The FDA is pushing mobile and digital health apps. Consider the following assessment of mobile medical apps: “[They] may help overcome the siloed, episodic, reactive nature of US health care, whereby patients seek care only after potentially costly health complications occur, and physicians are only reimbursed for expensive in-person office visits that may not reflect …

by Heather Smith
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