Friday, March 14, 2014

Antilope: Webinar and workhops on eHealth interoperability

The Antilope project is organising a free webinar and workhops all over Europe on eHealth interoperability. This way, core national organisations will come together and achieve a common approach for testing and certification of eHealth solutions and services in Europe.


2nd Energy Efficient Buildings Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Workshop

The workshop aims to encourage research and innovation projects on Energy Efficient Buildings, Districts and Cities to adopt and implement comparable evaluation methodologies to facilitate a comparative analysis, benchmarking and exploitation of their outcomes.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Call for Papers: Lessons from the Field: Health IT-Enabled Community-Based Transformation

Call for Papers: Lessons from the Field: Health IT-Enabled Community-Based Transformation

Volume 2, Issue 3 (2014)

All manuscripts must be received by April 18, 2014.

eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), a product of the Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum, is an open access journal focused on using electronic health data to advance research and quality improvement, with the overall goal of improving patient and community outcomes.

Unprecedented efforts to drive improvement in health care and reduce costs using health information technology (Health IT) are underway at the national, state, and community level. Given the complexity of these efforts and the rapid pace of development and change, those involved are often in a position of breaking new ground.

With support from the Commonwealth Fund, AcademyHealth’s Beacon Evidence and Innovation Network is sponsoring this special issue in eGEMs to capture important insights and lessons from these efforts so that others can learn from their experiences. Dr. Jonathan Weiner and Dr. Hadi Kharrazi, from the Center for Population Health Information Technology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will be serving as guest editors for this special issue.

Invited Perspectives and Topics

We are particularly interested in initiatives that emphasize ways to share, integrate and use new data sources, including but not limited to electronic clinical data from EHRs or patient generated data from mobile devices or applications. Within this context, we encourage papers from community-based initiatives (E.g., Beacon Communities, Aligning Forces for Quality Alliances) that address one or more of the following specific topic areas:

Challenges and solutions associated with collection and collation of community-wide data sources (e.g., data standards, technical or organizational innovations, protocols for assuring data quality and timeliness).

Approaches for establishing or expanding community-wide health information exchange or other cross-community Health IT capabilities (e.g., IT architecture, organizational or partnership innovations, governance)

Strategies for designing and implementing effective Health IT enabled community-wide interventions targeted at consumers, clinicians or other key parties (e.g., workflow redesign, user interface, analytics tools, innovations in decision support)

Methods for engaging key stakeholders to assure dissemination (e.g., consumer group involvement in communications strategy) and sustainability (e.g., financing models, payer/provider partnerships)

We seek papers that focus on the process of transformation, rather than on an assessment of end results. Therefore, submissions that emphasize practical experiential learning, methods or tools that community- based or other cross-organization consortia can adapt to future efforts will be of particular interest. The focus of these collaborative initiatives may be the improvement of health care quality, efficiency, or equity on broad population and/or public health targets.

Why Submit?

Contribute your knowledge to important and timely discussions about application of health IT to community-based quality improvement, population health initiatives, or clinical transformation efforts.

Have confidence papers will be reviewed in a timely manner by a committee of peers with relevant Health IT experience and expertise.

Achieve a broad readership enabled by free, open access to publications. In the past year, eGEMs publications have been downloaded more than 10,000 times!


If you are unsure about whether your effort is in scope for this special issue, we would be pleased to review a one page abstract in advance of the April 18, 2014 manuscript deadline. Please submit your abstract or any questions to Abigail Schachter at

Join the ImmigrationPolicy2.0 platform

This initiative offers the opportunity to legal residents and stakeholders (politicians, public administrators, policy/decision-makers) to get informed about the latest developments (legislation initiatives, migration procedures, etc.) at national and European level. Targeted services for both type of users are also offered matching their daily needs.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Smart mobility in Europe with ICT for Mobility: get EU funds!

Mercè Griera i Fisa, from the European Commission's DG Connect, speaks about funding opportunities for ICT for Transport in Horizon 2020.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Powering European Public Sector Innovation: Towards A New Architecture

Report of the Expert Group on Public Sector Innovation


"Wize Mirror" to help you staying healthy

To prevent cardio-metabolic diseases, the European Commission has decided to fund an eHealth research project that will develop a so called "Wize Mirror": a self-monitoring system with the external appearance of a mirror. It will guide you towards a healthy lifestyle. "Your face reveals key information about your health and wellness."


Splendid project: Hi-tech sensors aim to help prevent obesity

A range of hi-tech sensors that can measure food intake and activity in order to assess obesity risks is to be funded by the European Union. Obesity causes 2.8 million deaths around the world each year.


Revolutionising clinical trials: Computer simulations instead of tests on animals or humans

Clinical trials to test new drugs, devices or treatments are not only expensive, they are also risky for the test subjects; animals or humans. Solution: Perform the tests using high-quality and reliable computer simulations. The EU has granted nearly € 1 Million to the Avicenna project to make this possible.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Neelie Kroes Startup Europe Tour

In order to promote the European entrepreneurs and startups community, Neelie Kroes is inviting aspiring or promising entrepreneurs to join The Startup Europe Tour: be connected, network, be inspired at the leading tech conferences. We want thought leaders and innovative entrepreneurs from many of the world's top technology companies to get together and share ideas, visions, dreams…


D-CENT- Democracy reboot: re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe

Democracy reboot: re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe?


Technology, Care and Ageing: Enhancing Independence

The results of AKTIVE, a three-year research project funded by the Technology Strategy Board's Assisted Living Innovation Platform scheme, will be presented together with other national and international research and industry experience from over 50 contributors. AKTIVE has focused on generating better knowledge about the impacts that telecare has upon the everyday lives of older people prone to falls and cognitive impairment, and the implications of future telecare design, adoption, and delivery models for the ageing UK population.


Securing our digital economy

CEBIT, Cyber Security Conference, Hanover, 10 March 2014