Friday, February 14, 2014

Conference on mHealth and cancer care

The conference "mHealth for improving quality of life" is dedicated to mobile health and cancer supportive care. It will include the viewpoints of the European Commission and of clinicians, policy makers, payers, IT, telecommunications and software providers and patients.


EXPAND project: Deploying sustainable cross-border eHealth services in the EU

How to get interoperability projects from pilot stage to actual deployment in Europe? The EU has granted nearly a million euros to the EXPAND project to fill this gap.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Call for Abstracts and Presenters 2014: Stanford Medicine X

Call for Abstracts and Presenters 2014: Stanford Medicine X

September 5-7, 2014 Stanford University

Stanford Medicine X invites you to submit your work to its conference, taking place at Stanford University September 5-7, 2014. Submissions will be accepted from February 1, 2014 to March 1, 2014. Please note, if you are selected as a presenter you will be required to register for the conference.

Area of Focus

Scientific research studies and scholarly practice-based work in the area of emerging information and social technologies and their effects on the field of medicine will be the primary scientific focus of the Medicine X conference. We seek submissions in a broad area of topics including:

Participatory medicine and the role of technology in empowering patient (and/or caregiver) engagement in a patient’s own healthcare;

Wearable computing technologies for health (e.g. wearable sensors for tracking health, heads-up information displays)

The role of digital health technologies and their effects on patients and health care professionals;

Social/mobile technologies and their use in the areas of science, health and medicine;

Health information and content on the Internet;

Collaboration using the Internet and the use of these technologies to change health care education, delivery and practice.

We also encourage submission of work in the follow areas: emerging technologies and mental health, use of emerging technologies for or by patients with multiple chronic medical problems, digital divide in access to health information technology, engagement of patients and providers in healthcare technology.

Video: Presentation of the Renewing Health telemedicine pilot

The presentation of Renewing Health, the largest telemedicine pilot of Europe (if not the world), is online.


ICT-enabled public sector innovation in H2020 - Video

Open Government, engagement of young people, open participation, emerging technologies in the public sector, innovative mobile eGovernment, privacy, cloud of public services...

What is our vision of the societal challenge around Public Services? Which are the funding opportunities for these topics in the recently launched Horizon 2020 framework programme?

Mechthild Rohen, Head of the Public Services Unit in DG CONNECT speaks about this. Enjoy this short video.


Work Program Horizon 2020 on ICT

ICT experts who are looking for funding: Have a look at the newly published Horizon 2020 Work Program on ICT. It includes topics such as robotics, key enabling technologies, games, big data...also for better healthcare.


ICT for societal challenges in H2020

In this video Paul Timmers (Director of Sustainable and Secure Society in DG Connect) speaks about the funding opportunities in ICT for societal challenges in the recently launched Horizon 2020 framework programme. This is the first video of a series of 7 each one explaining more in detail the funding opportunities for different societal challenges.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New connected car standards put Europe into top gear

Imagine that you are driving along, and a message is projected on your windscreen, warning you of an accident that has just happened around the next corner. This could soon be a reality thanks to new European standards. Connected cars, able to communicate with each other and with road infrastructures, are expected to appear on European roads in 2015.


H2020 Info Day : Public Sector and Innovation (10/02/2014)

The H2020 Information Day 'Innovation and Public sector' was held on 10 February 2014 in Brussels. The aim of the Info Day was to explain topics related to ICT-enabled public sector innovation in H2020 (in SC6, SC7 and LEIT/ICT).

Find all the presentations, and the video recording, on the related website - see below.

The event was well attended and demonstrated great interest for our activities on ICT-enabled public sector innovation; over 300 participants from more than 230 organisations, representing various types of stakeholders (public administrations, universities, companies, etc.) and different countries.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Call for Papers: International Digital Health and Care Congress

Call for Papers: International Digital Health and Care Congress

September 10–12, 2014 London, United Kingdom

The purpose of the International Digital Health and Care Congress is to bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and innovators interested in the design and application of technologies to share experiences and to showcase new ideas, new research and new innovations in digital health, mobile health, telehealth and telecare that will support improvements in the care of people with long-term conditions and other health and social care needs.

The conference committee invites submissions of abstracts for both oral and poster presentations related to the issues and themes of the congress. If you would like to present at the congress then please submit papers to one of the main topics indicated below.

Sustaining independence as people age.

Preventing and managing chronic illness effectively.

Supporting people with mental health issues.

Digitally enabling service transformation.

Innovations in technology.

Key dates

Papers must be submitted by 31 March 2014.

You wll be notified the results of your submission by 16 May 2014.

Paper types

The conference committee invites submissions of abstracts for both oral and poster presentations related to the issues and themes of the conference. Submissions should follow one of the following formats:


These presentations will provide the results, completed or in-progress, of original research projects. The material should not have been published elsewhere, except in preliminary form, and it should be ready for publication as a journal article. Papers related to PhD projects, either completed or in progress, are especially encouraged.

Projects and innovations

These presentations should focus on digital health and care in practice and should report on recent experiences in the development of new innovations. These papers should present case descriptions of health and care on the national, regional or local level.


These papers may describe any development in policy (whether governmental, organisational, or any other) that have influenced the current and future deployment of digital health and care. Policy papers that make international comparisons are especially welcomed.

Work out to catch up

Preterm infants have a higher risk for neurological damage. They are given rehabilitation sessions a few times a week but basic neuroscience indicates that it would be necessary to provide them with an early, intensive and multiaxial intervention. Researchers at the CareToy project want to achieve that in an easy, affordable and efficient way. They have developed a baby gym where preterm babies can be stimulated to rehabilitation techniques at home and with the mere presence of their parents.


European travellers face risks abroad – half unaware they can call “112” in emergencies in all EU countries

Most Europeans are still unsure about which number they should call in case of emergency in a foreign country. According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, 49% of Europeans do not know they can use “112” to reach emergency services. Despite years of efforts, ignorance levels remain stuck at around 50%, including for regular travellers.


Global Safer Internet Day 2014: “Let's create a Better Internet together”

Safer Internet Day is being celebrated today in over 100 countries, including the USA for the first time. Vice-President Neelie Kroes will reward the creators of the best online content for kids and, together with INSAFE, will launch a Youth Manifesto on how to make a better Internet based on ideas from young people.


H2020 - ICT and waste - CH5

ICT and waste in H2020 is in the Challenge 5. Focus area: Waste.


EU support for sharing field operational test data

The FOT-Net Data project will allow traffic data collected in field operational tests (FOTs) to be more widely available to researchers.


Implementation of the European emergency number 112 – Results of the seventh data-gathering round


CEO Coalition 2014: progress reports on actions to make the Internet a Better Place for Kids

Following their individual commitments in Januray 2013, the companies implemented a series of measures in five areas: - simple and robust reporting tools; - age-appropriate privacy settings; - wider use of content classification; - wider availability and use of parental controls; - effective takedown of child abuse material. Detailed reports of these action are to be found in attached documents.


Monday, February 10, 2014

EU-project tackles under-reporting of adverse drug events

Reporting adverse drug events (undesired harmful effects resulting from a medication) is a burden for healthcare professionals. SALUS addresses this problem.


Call for Papers for Cutter IT Journal: How IT Can Transform Healthcare

Call for Papers for Cutter IT Journal: How IT Can Transform Healthcare

Transforming healthcare is a key priority for public and private healthcare providers and governments. But the healthcare industry is facing major challenges in delivering quality healthcare services at affordable costs. How can IT transform healthcare? There has been progress in applying IT in healthcare in areas such as telemedicine, mobile health, electronic medical records (EMR) and healthcare portals. There is greater potential, however, particularly considering ongoing advances in RFID, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile devices and wireless communications, social media, nanotechnology, robotics, data analytics, context-aware systems and smart applications.

Healthcare IT is both promising and challenging to IT professionals, managers and executives. Only through the prudent design, development and implementation of healthcare IT initiatives that are aligned with healthcare procedures, practices and objectives will bring about the transformation needed for superior healthcare delivery. And there is growing concern among stakeholders over the risks of increasing reliance on IT for healthcare, including resilience, security, privacy, and availability.

In an upcoming issue of Cutter IT Journal, we’ll explore the potential of healthcare IT and examine how we can address the issues and challenges that IT and the healthcare industry face in realizing the promise of IT. We are also interested in learning how the strategies and lessons learned by healthcare IT professionals could be applied by IT professionals in other industries.


We seek your perspectives and insights on healthcare IT, as feature articles, case studies, best practices and opinion pieces that address particularly the following and other related questions:

* What is the promise of emerging technologies in healthcare such as clinical decision support, visual diagnosis, RFID, IoT, biometrics, body sensors and actuators, social Media, 3D printing, context aware systems and applications, and personalized medicine?

* How is mobile technology changing healthcare? What is its impact on healthcare from the provider and community perspective?

* How can IT help reduce medical errors and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery?

* How might ePrescription and EMR evolve in the near future?

* How can IT help improve safety and quality of care for patients? What are the ongoing advances in assistive technologies and systems?

* How can the strategies/lessons learned by IT professionals in the healthcare industry be applied by IT professionals in other industries?

* What are the special requirements of ‘healthcare clouds’ and how can clouds be better utilized for healthcare?

* How can data analytics – descriptive, prescriptive and predictive analytics – be exploited for better healthcare?

* How can IT help in integrating and coordinating fragmented and relatively uncoordinated healthcare services? How can we address the underlying issues in realizing coordinated healthcare delivery?

* What are the issues in sharing healthcare data, and how can we address them? Are there any data standards that we can embrace?

* What are the best ways to analyze large volumes of patient data to track trends, identify best practices, and determine the best treatments?

* What are the major challenges and barriers facing IT professionals and healthcare IT departments in embracing IT to advance healthcare?

* What role can a Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) play?

* What is your business case for transforming healthcare using IT?

* Is there any framework for formulating a healthcare IT strategy for small, medium and large healthcare establishments?

* What are the trust, security and privacy issues in healthcare IT applications, and how can they be addressed?

* How can IT, social media and mobile devices be used to empower patients and create healthcare awareness among the public? What is the potential of crowd sourcing in healthcare?

* How do developing countries embrace mobile devices and IT in innovative ways to meet their unique needs within the constraints they face?

* What have we learned from the failures — and deployment — of “”? How can we do it better?

* What can IT professionals and executives in healthcare IT learn from the success of IT-enabled transformation in banking, commerce, travel/tourism, and government services sectors?

SEND US YOUR ARTICLE IDEA by 14 February 2014.

Please send your article proposal to the Guest Editor San Murugesan at smurugesan[at]cutter[dot]com, with a copy to Christine Generali at cgenerali[at]cutter[dot]com no later than 14 February and include an extended abstract (300-500 words) highlighting the scope and key contributions of the article, a short article outline showing major discussion points, and a brief bio of the author(s).

Accepted articles are due by 21 March 2014.

EU summit on how to address chronic diseases in Europe

On 3 and 4 April 2014 the first European Chronic Diseases Summit, entitled "Addressing the medical, social and economic burden of chronic diseases in the EU", will take place. It will focus on innovation, prevention and disease management strategies.


epSOS at CeBIT and eHealth Forum Athens

The large-scale epSOS pilot that helped making cross-border healthcare possible will be present at CeBIT 2014 in Hannover (10-14 March). Their final event, which will present the project results, will take place at the eHealth Forum 2014 in Athens (10-12 May).


FOT-Net final event and first FOT-Net Data workshop

Everyone with an interest in FOTs and in sharing data is cordially invited to attend this event, free of charge, at the iconic location of the EYE building in Amsterdam.