Thursday, July 10, 2014

5th Meeting eHealth Network

During the eHealth Forum in Athens (May 2014), eHealth representatives from all Member States (except Bulgaria) came together to discuss implementing cross-border eHealth services in Europe and other topics. The minutes, the work program and the list of participants are now available.


Report from Workshop on Green Data Centres : Policy measures, metrics and methodologies

On 1 April 2014 a technical workshop on “Green Data Centres: policy measures, methodologies and metrics” was hosted by the European Commission premises in Brussels. The interest of the Commission in Green Data Centres was triggered by the substantial increase in energy consumption and the general environmental impact during use, production and end-of-life of the data centres, and the forecast that their energy consumption will largely outpace the general growth in energy consumption and production.


Procurement workshop at Open Days 2014

In the framework of the Open Days 2014 in October, DG Connect is organising a workshop entitled "Make use of the enabling button for Innovation Procurement (PCP/PPI) to tackle societal challenges in Europe". It will focus mainly on health procurement and opportunities under Horizon 2020.


6th International Conference on eHealth 2014, Lisbon

To improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare, this scientific conference looks at digital health solutions such as platforms, big data, robots, telehealth etc. There will also be an award for the best paper written on eHealth.


Health 2.0 London

Next to many sessions on Health 2.0 focussing on R&D, health professionals, children, the elderly etc., this event gives the opportunity to eHealth start-ups to present themselves in front of a room full of investors (a session organised by the EU-funded GET project).


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Neelie Kroes talks about how standards can support the silver economy

Video message from Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, to the 3rd European Standardization Summit in Istanbul on 11 June 2014, on the theme: 'How standardization can support the silver economy'.


Presentation of the Carer+ project: "From Carer to CarerPlus: developing digital competences in the care worker sector"

At the 2014 EDEN conference in Zagreb, Steven Warburton described how the CarerPlus project has addressed the challenges surrounding the development of a training programme for enhancing the digital skills of care workers to enhance the quality of life of older persons.


The Rehabilitation Gaming System (RGS)

RGS is a highly innovative Virtual Reality (VR) tool for the rehabilitation of deficits that occur after brain lesions and has been successfully used for the rehabilitation of the upper extremities after stroke. The project is partly funded by the AAL Joint Programme.


Call for papers on Digital Gaming and Ageing

The Games and Culture Journal has published a call for papers for a special edition on Digital Gaming & Ageing. Deadline for submission is Thursday 9th October 2014. 5pm CET.


Vigi’Fall receives the Gold Medal at the international inventor competition Concours Lépine for its fall detection solution

The FallWatch, an EU-funded research project, brought together a wealth of European technology and expertise in a tiny triangular patch called Vigi'Fall that can be worn by the user in a non-intrusive, permanent manner. The fall detection solution could help save 500,000 hospitalisations and 40,000 premature deaths caused by falls in Europe every year.


Have your say on the future of science: public consultation on Science 2.0

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. Researchers are using digital tools to get thousands of people participating in research, for example by asking them to report if they catch flu in order to monitor outbreaks and predict possible epidemics.


EU-industry partnerships seek innovation boost with first €1 billion for projects

Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States today presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth a total of €1.13 billion in public funding, which will be complemented by a comparable amount from the private partners, the first round of funding will go into projects that will improve people's lives as well as boost international competitiveness of Europe's industry.


SMART 2014/1072 - Deployment of an EU Open Data core platform: implementation of the pan-European Open Data Portal and related services


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Italian leadership for a connected continent

Digital Venice, 8 July 2014


Cross-border health project epSOS: What has it achieved?

In June 2014 the large-scale epSOS pilot, providing smart cross-border health services, came to an end. The epSOS team has written a letter to highlight the achievements of the project, outline initiatives taking the results forward, inform about where project outputs can be accessed after the project, and last but not least thank everyone involved.


The Bouchout Declaration: A contribution from the biodiversity community to Open Digital Science

The Bouchout Declaration encourages an overarching approach to Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management


Digital Venice 2014

This event takes place at the start of the Italian Presidency to mark the emphasis placed by the Italian government on digital innovation as the key to sustainable economic development and boost to new employment. A “Venice Declaration” summarizing vision and recommendations will be presented by the Italian Presidency to be tabled at the next Digital Council. A webstream of the event is available.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics: Healthcare Systems and Technologies

Call for Papers for a Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics: Healthcare Systems and Technologies

Editor-in-Chief: Kim-Fung Man, Tel: +852-3442-7754 Fax: +852-2788-7283 Head of the Electronic Engineering Department, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The Theme: The market for healthcare services has increased exponentially. This is due to the growing tendency for personal healthcare to move away from the traditional hubs of healthcare, such as hospitals and clinics, to the private home and especially the mobile environment. In most developed countries an aging population contributes to the growth in the demand for distributed healthcare services. As a result of the nature of healthcare, the precision and real-time delivery of data is crucial. To fulfill all these requirements, advanced and smart technologies should be applied. For example, telehealth technologies can be used to tackle remote healthcare, and optimization of healthcare systems is essential for improving reliability and efficiency. Furthermore, without compromising reliability, energy saving methodologies are also required to prevent excessive energy consumption by healthcare systems. Another critical consideration is the role of technology standards in this rapidly-evolving landscape, as pointed out in the recent release of the white paper Standardize This: A Mobile Health Conversation You Can't Avoid, by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) in collaboration with ICF International, examining the effect of mobile health information and communication technologies and its pervasive role.

This Special Session on “Healthcare Systems and Technologies” is focused on the development and application of advanced technologies and methodologies for healthcare applications. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following research topics and technologies:

-- Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) in healthcare

-- Health and environmental monitoring systems

-- Optimization of healthcare systems and data transmission

-- Auto-diagnosis of diseases

-- Telehealth: wireless technologies in healthcare

-- Patient tracking and in-/on- body sensor networks

-- Internet-of-Things (IoT) in healthcare systems

-- Ambient intelligent technologies for healthcare services

-- Mobile health

-- The role of standards to mitigate technological risks, facilitate interoperability and save on costs

Papers discussing new application areas and the resulting new developments at the interface of ambient intelligent technologies and healthcare are especially welcome.

All contributions must focus on the use of healthcare related applications. Results obtained by simulations must be validated by experiments or analytical results.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

Follow the guidelines in “Information for Authors” in the IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics Please submit your manuscript in electronic format through the Manuscript Central web site: On the submission page #1 in the popup menu of the manuscript type, select: SS on Healthcare Systems and Technologies

Submissions to this Special Section must represent original material that has been neither submitted to, nor published in, any other journal. Extended versions of papers previously published in conference proceedings may be eligible for consideration if conditions listed in are fulfilled. Before submitting manuscript check the review criteria ( and other information (

Note: The recommended papers for the section are subject to final approval by the Editor-in-Chief. Some papers may be published outside the Special Section, at the EIC’s discretion.

Timetable: Deadline for manuscript submissions 31 January 2015

Expected publication date (tentative) September 2015

Guest Editors:

Gerhard P. Hancke, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Kim-Fung Tsang, Electronic Engineering Department, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong,