Friday, June 7, 2013

Irish Prime Minister: "eHealth Action Plan should be vision for all of us"

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny believes that the 'eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020' is "a coherent roadmap allowing us to utilise and develop eHealth to address some of the most pressing health systems challenges in the first half of the 21st century. This should become the vision for all of us."


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Helping our single market to communicate

One of the things Europe needs today is digital skills. At some level, they're essential for almost any job. But there's also a huge demand for high-quality skills; including many jobs that didn't even exist 10 years ago.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Occupational Therapy Now: Occupational Therapy and Universal Design

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Occupational Therapy Now: Occupational Therapy and Universal Design

Special Issue: September 2014

Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2014.

For more information please contact: Janna MacLachlan at

To review OT Now author guidelines, go to:

Guest Editor:

Lili Liu, PhD, OT(C), Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Call: The goal of this special issue of OT Now is to provide a broad audience with information on the contribution of occupational therapy to universal design. Universal design refers to a set of principles that guide service providers and clients in creating environments and selecting products that accommodate the needs of as many people as possible. Ron Mace coined and defined universal design as, “The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design”1. Aesthetics, affordability, and reducing stigma are considered. Universal design is more than designing to code or standards, or assistive technology and accessibility. Users include the client, and caregivers and family members. Concepts such as visitability, transgenerational use and design for aging are subsets of universal design. Since the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists published its position statement on universal design and occupational therapy in 20092, opportunities have grown for practitioners in this field. This special issue will explore the innovative and diverse roles of occupational therapists in universal design including in health care, community care, private practice, and working with government ministries or organizations.

All submissions should be written for a diverse audience including colleagues, policy makers, stakeholders and consumers.

We are looking for papers/case studies that describe, for example:

• Enabling occupational performance and engagement of clients through universal design applied to products, built environments, landscaping, public spaces, outdoor spaces, and services;

• The roles of occupational therapy in interprofessional teams that use universal design;

• Evidence-based occupational therapy programs/interventions that use principles of universal design to address needs of clients with chronic conditions, or specific populations, e.g., older adults with dementia, multiple sclerosis, or arthritis; veterans; and other populations;

• Fieldwork experiences that student occupational therapists have undertaken in a setting with a focus on universal design.

We would like to hear from occupational therapists who are:

• Practicing in areas using universal design principles,

• Conducting research in universal design (including students),

• Developing/participating in educational opportunities in universal design, and/or,

• Developing regional, provincial or national policies that focus on universal design.

1 Mace, R. (n.d.) What is universal design? Retrieved from RL Mace Universal Design Institute website:

2 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. (2009). CAOT Position Statement: Universal design and occupational therapy. Retrieved from:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Video: TRADE Commissioner Karel De Gucht welcomes eHealth collaboration between EU and US

Commissioner De Gucht speaks about eHealth and trade on occasion of the 2nd EU-US eHealth Business Marketplace, 15 May 2013, in Dublin.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Last call for exhibitors at ICT 2013! Deadline is 7 June

Submit your proposal for one of the 150 stands available to showcase the latest findings in advanced research, technologies, new systems, innovation in services & business and ICT products just coming to market. Deadline: 7 June 2013 - 16.00.


AAL Repository of Standards now online

The AALIANCE2 Repository of Standards, which is a reference database of all standards and publicly available specifications that are of relevance for the AAL sector, is now available online. AALIANCE2 would like to establish a community that keeps the repository "alive" and up-to-date. Volunteers who would be able and willing to contribute are absolutely welcome.


The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing prominent pillar in High-level eHealth Forum 2014

During the eHealth Week in Dublin last May, the Greek Delegation announced its intention to organize the next High-level eHealth Conference and associated events under the Greek Presidency. The Greek Presidency aims to encourage Member States to step up their efforts in developing national commitments, policies and initiatives supporting the implementation at large scale of the six Action Plans of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Industry will have an important role in this event, to acknowledge its crucial role as an enabler of innovation.