Friday, September 26, 2014

Results of SUSTAINS pilot: Patients accessing their health data

From 2012 onwards, the EU-funded SUSTAINS project has been giving patients access to their personal health records at four European pilot sites. A successful new model for healthcare delivery? Time for some results.


Call for papers: Special Issue on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for Active and Healthy Ageing

The International Journal of Social Robotics has issued a Call for Papers for its forthcoming Special Issue on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for Active and Healthy Ageing.


Neelie Kroes addresses the Ambient and Assisted Living Forum 2014

The Forum took place in Bucharest between 9 and 12 September.


Integrated care as a vehicle for innovation in health care delivery

The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing (EIP AHA) is organising a workshop 'Evidence Generation and Successful Knowledge Transfer in Public Health: Case study on integrated care'. The event is part of the 7th European Public Health Conference with the theme 'Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care'organised by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and co-funded by the European Commission.


iStoppFalls Symposium

The iStoppFalls symposium will present methods and results on a variety of topics which have been covered during the 3 year project focusing on the utilization of technologies to facilitate exercise in the anticipation of reducing falls and providing a fall prevention program.


SIFEM Workshop on Modelling Cochlear Mechanics

This two-day workshop will include series lectures of anatomy and physiology of the cochlea (the auditory portion of the inner ear), cochlear mechanics and cochlear modelling. There will also be a hands-on tutorial in which participants build and program a cochlear model using open source finite element software PAK.


Eurohealth: "Telemedicine, the time to hesitate is over!"

The latest Eurohealth magazine is a special European Health Forum Gastein issue. On page 14 you can find an article written by EC Policy Officer Terje Peetso about telemedicine: "The time to hesitate is over!"


The AAL Award goes to Confidence

The contest, which featured the pitching of three finalist’s projects, was held on 10 September during a plenary session of the Forum of the AAL Programme in Bucharest (Romania). All contenders were challenged in a “dragon’s den” by a panel of four renowned experts in the field of technology, business and end users and the final vote.


SALUS paper on Adverse Drug Events wins Rolf Hansen prize

During the closing ceremony of the MIE 2014 congress in Istanbul, the SALUS project was granted the Rolf Hansen Memorial Award for their paper entitled "Adverse Drug Event Notification on a Semantic Interoperability Framework". Adverse Drug Events are a major issue for patient safety, a topic on which the European Commission recently released an infographic.


Study on the practical application of the new framework methodology for measuring the environmental impact of ICT - cost/benefit analysis (SMART 2012/0064 )

The study concludes that existing methodologies for measuring the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy footprint of ICT developed by various standardization organizations are suitable for being integrated into concrete environmental policy measures. Applied to mandatory reporting of electricity consumption, the benefits outweigh the cost when applied to Data Centers and Telecommunication networks where there exists a lack of environmental policy measures and a lack of publicly available data despite their footprint growing by 45% by 2020 in EU-27.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Call for Papers: Experience Design for Behavior Change 2015

Call for Papers: Experience Design for Behavior Change 2015

Parallel Session at HCI International 2015, 2-7 August in Los Angeles, USA

We invite contributions that explore how experiences can be designed to facilitate positive behavior change.

Papers may be related (but not limited) to physical health, mental well-being, exercise, social activities, rehabilitation after illness or stress, ageing, energy saving, and generally living in an independent, sustainable way.

We will review theoretical papers, case studies, and empirical user experience research under one or more of the following session themes:

• new theoretical approaches resulting from practice or research

• design and/or evaluation heuristics

• case studies or formative research

• qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods data

• novel applications of new technologies and techniques

We highly encourage research that incorporates one or more of the following themes:

• Networked health and sensing

(mHealth, telehealth, biofeedback, quantified and/or augmented self, prosthetics)

• Interactive entertainment media and/or technologies

(storytelling, games, virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, mobile media)

• Service design thinking approaches

(user-centered design, empathy-driven design, ethnographic studies, participatory design)

We encourage submissions with supplemental materials (e.g. images, video)

Key Dates

Extended abstracts for blind peer review are due on 28 November 2014. Please ignore the 800-word length instructions in the submission system – we require extended abstracts of 2-4 pages.

Accepted camera-ready full papers (8-12 pages long) are due 20 February 2015.

How to Submit

Please contact Marc Fabri ( to receive a personal submission invite through the conference CMS. Please DO NOT submit your paper through the general HCII paper submission route.

What we will accept

All papers must report completed work with results available at the time of final submission. Proposals for new frameworks, protocols, etc. must emerge from research or practice and cannot be simply position papers. Data from studies that have not been approved by an institutional review board must meet criteria for being exempt from human subjects research.

Formatting Instructions

Extended abstracts, which need to be submitted to the conference CMS for review, must be formatted using the Springer Paper Template for MS Word 2007/2010. Your extended abstract must not exceed 4 pages. As mentioned above, we specifically encourage the inclusion of visually driven content. If you want to submit digital media as part of your paper please send it to Marc Fabri ( via a file sharing website immediately AFTER you have submitted your paper. Include any references, tables and figures in the extended abstract.


HCI International 2015 Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set. Accepted papers in this parallel session will appear in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Delegates will have access to the full proceedings online for a limited period after the conference.

Attending the Conference

We are bound by the rules of the conference which state that for paper presentation and publication in the proceedings, at least one delegate registration per paper is required. However, individuals can appear as co-authors in several papers.

Neelie Kroes' statement on smart cities and broadband

Europe needs to make massive investments to secure its digital future. Those investments are often linked in interesting ways and will need to be funded from a wide range of private and public sources. Two of the core areas of investment will be smart cities and connecting rural and regional areas to fast broadband networks.


Future Internet Challenge for eHealth SMEs and Startups across Europe

The Future Internet CHallenge eHealth (FICHe) accelerator has launched an open call for applications. All European eHealth small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups eager to develop innovative applications in the eHealth domain using FIWARE technology are welcome to apply. They can win up to €217,000 per team, over €500,000 worth of partner services, coaching, PR and other support.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

H2020 Work Programme 2014-2015 - Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies

This Work Programme was adopted on 10 December 2013. The parts that relate to 2015 (topics, dates, budget) have been updated. For more information, please visit the Participant Portal.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Workshop "Enabling technologies for better patient outcomes"

This workshop will feature several leading technologies operating today that can fundamentally improve the way we treat patients. It will be live streamed from the European Health Forum Gastein.


A smart wearable device to monitor and treat wounds

Most foot and leg ulcers are caused by diabetes and vascular problems but an important number of them are also due to other diseases (e.g. kidney disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure). More than 10 million people in Europe suffer from chronic wounds, a number which is expected to grow due to the aging of the population.