Friday, April 11, 2014

Fall prevention for older adults: FARSEEING project publishes first results

FARSEEING is collecting data about real-life falls of older adults, in order to better understand the risk factors for falls. Based on this, solutions are developed to prevent older adults from falling. This also includes exercises to stay fit. In addition, they have studied how to encourage older adults to take-up and maintain use of these technologies. FARSEEING has published a White Paper that provides an update on the findings from the project so far and, where possible, gives useful recommendations for researchers, engineers, health and social care and the third sector (e.g. charities). Please read also the article the project has published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics "Older adults' perceptions of technologies aimed at falls prevention, detection or monitoring: A systematic review".


Commission publishes four reports of eHealth Stakeholder Group

On 11 April 2014, the European Commission publishes a series of reports that have been prepared by the eHealth Stakeholder Group (eHSG), an advisory group to the Commission.


Interview with Dr. Athos Antoniades, scientific coordinator of the Linked2Safety project

A secure medical information space for interconnecting anonymous Electronic Health Records (EHRs). This is what the FP7 Linked2Safety research project has been working on with good results. We talked to scientific coordinator Dr. Athos Antoniades from the University of Cyprus.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Patients with kidney failure to get a new lease on life

End stage kidney disease is a global public health problem with an estimated 2.4 million patients on dialysis. The number of new cases is rising (7-8% annually) due to population ageing and increased diabetes prevalence. The NEPHRON+ project is improving the lives of patients by developing a wearable artificial kidney device, enabled with information and communication technologies for remote monitoring.


Your opinion on epSOS eHealth services abroad

To improve their cross-border eHealth services, the epSOS project is asking for your opinion. You are invited to complete their questionnaire, regardless of whether you already used their services or not.


Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealth

The European Commission is today launching a consultation on #mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.


What mHealth can do for you

Four EU-funded projects making the most of mHealth


Privacy Statement on the mHealth Green Paper Consultation

The Consultation on the mHealth Green Paper is regulated by a Specific Privacy Statement. The document contains detailed information on how personal information and private data is collected, handled and disclosed, as well as how data protection is performed and ensured.


Commission Staff Working Document on the existing EU legal framework applicable to lifestyle and wellbeing apps

The Staff Working Document in the pdf below gives a non-exhaustive description of EU legislation, applicable to lifestyle and wellbeing apps. The aim of this document is to provide guidance for example to app developers.


Green Paper on mobile health ("mHealth")

The objective of this Green Paper, announced in the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020, is to launch a broad stakeholder consultation on existing barriers and issues related to mHealth deployment and help identify the right way forward to unlock the mHealth potential. The consultation will be open from 10 April until 3 July 2014 12:00h.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Meet the best European eHealth SMEs of 2014

2014 EU SME eHealth Competition awards Big White Wall (UK) and Aseptika Limited (also UK) for their solutions for mental health and wellbeing and self-management support for respiratory diseases.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Final Report: Study on eGovernment and the Reduction of Administrative Burden (SMART 2012/0061)

This study was foreseen under the eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015. Administrative Burden Reduction (ABR) can be achieved through the integration of eGovernment tools; the smart use of the information that citizens and businesses have to provide to public authorities for the completion of administrative procedures; making electronic procedures the dominant channel for delivering eGovernment services; and the principle of the “once only” registration of relevant data. The latter ensures that citizens and businesses supply certain standard information only once, because public administration offices take action to internally share this data, so that no additional burden falls on citizens and businesses.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Ambient Assisted Living Forum - AAL 2014

The AAL Forum is the annual showcase event for the people involved in the AAL JP’s projects and the AAL community. It is the core connection of the joint programme to the AAL Community. This community includes policy makers, ICT developers, manufacturers, health professionals, commissioners, businesses, venture companies, technologists, academics, designers, carers and of course older adults. Its purpose is to exhibit and demonstrate existing or developing ICT solutions (products and services), promote networking within the community, foster the interest of other sectors in the field of AAL, provoke debate and discussion on various topics and highlight new or emerging developments in the area to inform the AAL community. This year the event is entitled “Broader, Bigger, Better – AAL Solutions for Europe” and its goal is twofold: on the one hand the conference will showcase the significant progresses made by the AAL JP projects and solutions in the exhibition area with various demos and presentations.


Connected continent supporting top-quality eGovernment

Local and Regional Information Society Conference (ISSS), Hradec Králové, Czech Republic