Friday, January 18, 2013

Register for the TechnolAGE Final Conference

The Conference will present the results of the TechnolAGE Study on business and financing models related to ICT for ageing well (a project commissioned by DG CONNECT and conducted by Ernst & Young and the Danish Technological Institute) and will stimulate a discussion on ICT solutions for ageing well together with case owners and key experts coming from the policy-making, academic and industrial domains.


Can Technology-based Services support Long-term Care Challenges in Home Care? Analysis of Evidence from Social Innovation Good Practices across the EU

Deployment and use of technological services for informal carers is still limited, mainly due to users' low digital skills, the lack of demonstrated business cases, and the poor evidence of the impact and sustainability of these services. The CARICT project aimed to collect evidence-based results on the impact of ICT-enabled domiciliary care services, and to make policy recommendations to develop, scale and replicate them in the European Union. The methodology was based on a mapping of 52 ICT-based services for informal carers developed in Europe, and a cross–analysis of 12 of these initiatives to get data on their impacts, drivers, business models, success factors, and challenges. The main results show that there is a wide range of successful, not very costly and beneficial examples of ICT-based support for carers across Europe. The cross-analysis indicated that these services had positive impacts on the quality of life of elderly people and informal carers, the quality of care and the financial sustainability of the health and social systems. The data also confirm that policy at European, national, regional and local levels can promote the successful development, implementation and transferability of these services through funding, policy leadership and by promoting stronger cooperation among stakeholders including end-users, mainly from the third sector and informal carers, to create a new value chain in the provision of long-term care. These findings help to achieve the objectives of European policy defined by the 2020 Strategy, and more specifically the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) and the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP AHA).


Report on EC Concertation Meeting on EU-funded ICT projects on fall detection/prevention for elderly persons of 2 April 2012

The aim of the meeting was to ensure knowledge transfer among above mentioned projects, exchange of lessons learned and preparation of further collaboration or new actions in the domain. Given the relative and increasing importance and attention for falls prevention and detection and the role of innovation in it, especially in light of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, this and future efforts are aimed at increasing the critical-mass and complementarities so as to increase the chances of impact for individual projects and the field overall.


Future Network and MobileSummit 2013 - Call for Papers

FuNeMS2013, the 22nd Future Network and MobileSummit, will address the challenges of building the Future Internet Infrastructures, based on mobile, wireless and fixed broadband communications technologies, in the context of convergence and innovation. Scientific Papers are invited for online submission until 8 February 2013. The Call for Exhibitors will open in mid January with a deadline of 05 April 2013.


10th International Conference on Wearable Micro and NanoTechnologies for Personalized Health

The pHealth conference has emerged as the leading international meeting on wearable micro and nano technologies for personalized medicine. Starting in 2004, pHealth has attracted scientists for various technologies, medical doctors, policy makers from the healthcare industry, hospital administration and allied professionals. Collecting a dynamic professional community from Europe and all over the world pHealth has given visibility to the tremendous potential of micro and nano technologies not only for the future of medicine, but also for the improvement of healthcare processes today.


Public Sector Information Group - members


Public Sector Information Group main page


Amendments to Italian Legislative Decree No 36 of 24 January 2006 on the reuse of public sector documents (art. 45 of law of 4 June 2010) - English translation


Amendments to Italian Legislative Decree No 36 of 24 January 2006 on the reuse of public sector documents (art. 45 of law of 4 June 2010) - original language version


The 21st century classroom

Research directed at the design of the future classroom addresses innovation in learning and teaching, the underlining change processes, new summative and formative assessment methods and novel solutions supporting the active participation of stakeholders outside schools (e.g. parents).


e-Skills Manifesto

The e-Skills Manifesto deep dives into policy development opportunities and the role that all stakeholders across the European Union must play in the development of a cohesive action plan to develop and promote e-skilled labour in Europe.


Reference documents on e-Skills


EU e-skills strategy


Opening up Education

Opening up education through technologies: Towards a more systemic use for smart, social and sustainable growth in Europe.


Employment Package

With EU unemployment hitting record levels and forecasts of a grim economic outlook for the months ahead, the Commission has come forward with a set of concrete measures to boost jobs.


EU Skills Panorama

Access here national, European and international research findings on skills and jobs.


Youth Opportunities Initiative

The Initiative is a set of measures, planned for 2012 and 2013, to drive down youth unemployment. It is part of the EU's Youth on the Move education and employment initiative.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Registration is now open for the eHealth Week 2013

eHealth Week 2013 brings together two main events: the High Level eHealth Conference co-organised by the European Commission and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and WoHIT (World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition) organized by HIMSS Europe. The event, now hailed as the largest annual pan - European eHealth Conference, brings together industry partners and providers from across Europe as well as important government and regional decision makers.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

You can still apply for the EU SME eHealth Competition

The Competition Final will take place at the eHealth Week in Dublin (Ireland) on the 13th May 2013. After the award ceremony, there will be a networking dinner with jury, sponsors, coordinators and finalists on that day.


2nd Annual Workshop entitled 'Advances in VPH Technologies and the VIGOR++ Tools'

This workshop is the second in a series (visit also Workshop 2012 page) that aim to explore latest advances and remaining challenges in the integration of clinical data and MRI image analysis, classification and visualization in the context of the Virtual Physiological Human concept. These are enabling the development of a multi-scale, personalized GI tract model-based diagnostic tool deployable on a cloud computing platform.


‘Build, Connect, Grow: Make Business in the Digital Single Market’

Join us for a fruitful discussion about business...and usage opportunities accruing from the Large Scale Pilot projects for digital services and learn how to be active participants in the coming developments of new Pan-European cross border services. Some of the topics that are going to be addressed are: • What business opportunities exist for ICT industries under the new European Commission’s initiatives? • What can we learn from LSPs past experience/results, especially concerning the promotion of the Digital Single Market? • How can the ICT industry, through the facilitation of LSPs contribute to economic growth within the EU?


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Call for Abstracts for the Health Informatics Information Technology Center at the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association

Call for Abstracts for the Health Informatics Information Technology Center at the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association

Theme: Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World

November 2-6, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2013

Introduction to Health Informatics Information Technology Center The HIIT-Center is an environment for live presentations of information and computer technology applications for public health. It is a fully equipped meeting room with Internet access, LCD projection capability, and theater-quality video projection and stereo audio. Morning sessions in the Technology Center are devoted to scientific content and sessions. Health Informatics Information Technology Center (HIIT-Center) – Call for Abstracts: Invites abstracts (250 words maximum) related to the following topics:

Apps and public heath innovations

Bioethical issues in public health informatics

Biomedical innovations for low cost diagnosis and public health surveillance

Consumer informatics and dissemination of effective health care interventions

Consumer public health

Consumer telehealth and its role in public health

Cybersecurity and public health practice

Data mining in public health discovery and analysis

E-prescribing systems

EHRs and PHRs: Opportunities for improving patient safety among vulnerable populations

Electronic health records (EHRs): A role in eliminating health disparities

Emerging trends in public hiit

Future predictions and advances in public telemedicine and telehealth

GIS mapping, global health surveillance and public policy

Genomic technologies in public health

Global health informatics; Building capacity disease surveillance and disease prevention

Health information exchange (HIE) and state based health service delivery

Health it applications and disease registries

Hiit applications for health education as well as literacy and wellness promotion

Hiit: Health informatics and information technology: Facilitating data sharing between

Mobile health (mHealth) applications to promote compliance with health regimens

Nanotechnology and nanoinformatics for health care management and prevention

Patient centered care: A role for information technology

Personal health records and their impact on health and wellness

Personalized medicine: A role for bioethics and health it

Promoting access to care through hiit and innovative financing

Public health and clinical care

Serious games in health care training and treatment

Social networks for healthcare promotion and population health data collection

Standards and interoperability in health it

The intersection of hiit and health policy in the reduction of health disparities

The role of hiit in comparative effectiveness research- innovative models and methods

The role of hiit in emergency preparedness

The use of health it in epidemiological research

The utilization of HITT to assist underserved and uninsured populations

Using dashboards to improve consumer and population health

Using geoinformatics to improve community health

Wearable hiit technology for consumers and care providers

Please note that the deadline for submission of all abstracts to HIIT Tech Center has been extended thru Friday, February 8, 2013.

Indicate when you write your abstract that you are technology dependent (i.e., require special technology not provided by APHA such as Internet access) and wish to present in the Technology Center.

What does technology dependency mean to you as a speaker?

To present in the Technology Center you must have a need to:

• Demonstrate a special technology application interactively (e.g., such as a database, GIS system, Skype, YouTube, interactive chat or other software/hardware systems)

• Connect online with a high speed Internet connection (e.g., you wish to demonstrate a Web site or application (i.e., an online nutrition program that helps people manage their daily caloric intake, etc.).

• It may help you to think about the words: interactivity, Internet, real-time demonstrations, special software, audio-visual, DVDs, when you are submitting your scientific abstract.

• Note: We can accommodate laptops in the Technology Center, so feel free to bring your laptop if it will make it easier for you as a presenter. Please note there are only a limited number of scientific session time slots (6) that can be accommodated in the Technology Center. If your accepted abstract cannot be scheduled for presentation in the Technology Center, you may request appropriate equipment and present in a regular oral session room. (Note: all costs for additional AV equipment will be the responsibility of the individual presenter). Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA website. Structured abstracts are required for research presentations.

All research abstracts should be organized with five sections: (1) background; (2) objective/purpose; (3) methods; (4) results; and (5) discussion/conclusions. Do not include references or citations in the text of the abstract. All abstracts must be submitted with at least three learning objectives in the proper APHA format (i.e., “By the end of the session, the participant will be able to...”). Please check the abstract title (only capitalize the first letter and proper nouns per APHA guidelines) and text for spelling and grammatical errors. Do not include your name or contact information in the text portion as this prohibits blind peer review. Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in your abstract being rejected. If you are unable to identify a specific session for your abstract, please submit it under “Other.” Lastly, all abstracts should contain sufficient details to fully evaluate the scientific value of the work rather than alluding to what “will be” included in the presentation. Abstracts that do not adhere to these requirements will not be reviewed. Please contact the program planner if you have any questions.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:

• Relevance of topics to HIIT as well as to APHA.

• Clearly written and conveys essence of research.

• Innovative and state-of-the-art information.

• Addresses underserved populations.

• Advances the field of health informatics and information technology.

• Overall impression of abstract description.

Following are instructions for submitting a proposal for an entire session:

(1) Submit each abstract separately (up to four abstracts per session) to the same topic area. If a session proposal includes abstracts submitted to multiple topic areas, the session proposal will be considered incomplete. (2) Contact the Technology Center Chairman, Dr. Jayfus T. Doswell at and 703-989-1199 and Program Planner Diane L. Adams at 301-570-0387 and with: (a) a brief overview of the session (including relevance to health informatics information technology); (b) at least three proposed learning objectives in APHA format for the entire session (all individuals abstracts that are part of the proposed session must have individual learning objectives); and (c) the title, first author, and abstract number of all abstracts to be included in the session. Session proposals may also include suggestions for moderators (name and contact information). Session proposals that do not adhere to these requirements will not be considered. Please contact the program planner if you have any questions. Only listed authors who are both APHA members and registered for the Annual Meeting may present accepted work. Only one author may present each abstract; multiple presenters for one abstract will not be accepted. Neither APHA nor HIIT can provide any financial support (including, but not limited to, registration, airfare, lodging, etc.) for author attendance at the Annual Meeting.

Continuing Education Credit

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators and those certified in public health at its annual meeting. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials.

For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter must provide:

1) An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names

2) At least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE understand or to learn as objectives, they are not measureable).

Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words: Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.

3) A signed Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant Qualification Statement. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form. Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy.

Contact Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Contact the program planner for all other questions.

Program Planner Contact Information:

Jayfus T. Doswell, PhD

Juxtopia, LLC

1101 East 33rd Street

Suite B304

Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: 443-451-7263


Diane L. Adams, MD, MPH, CHS-III

Former Consultant, Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT)

Founder, Health Informatics Information Technology (HIIT) Group of the American Public Health Association (APHA)

17032 Barn Ridge Drive

Silver Spring, MD 20906

Phone: 301-570-0387

Fax: 301-570-4976

Future Internet Assembly Dublin 2013 - Call for Sessions

The theme for FIA-Dublin will be “Future Internet accelerates Innovation”. The event will focus on how European Future Internet research and innovation will support EU’s competitiveness and enable a new wave of technologies at the eve of Horizon 2020. The Call for Sessions is open with a deadline of 20th January 2013.