Friday, March 13, 2015

All-male panels in tech: we say no! - Blog post by Robert Madelin, Director General at DG CONNECT, European Commission

For a long time, we have sought better representation of women experts speaking at tech events in Europe. DG CONNECT, the digital department of the European Commission, has decided that trying our hardest to ensure proper female representation is no longer enough.


Personal health data clouds to give early warning for cancer, other diseases

The falling cost of gene sequencing and the prevalence of healthcare monitoring gadgets mean our bodies will become 'data clouds' that give us an early warning for diseases like cancer and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, according to researchers in a growing field known as computational medicine.


e-SENS: digitising government services across Europe

Government services in Europe are being modernised and made accessible online for people and companies across borders in a large-scale project that could save society billions of euros over the coming years.


SAEPP project: Procurers platform for new smart ambulance

A group of European ambulance services, academic healthcare research bodies, hospitals and other healthcare organisations have formed a consortium, called the Smart Ambulance European Procurers Platform (SAEPP). Their objective: Designing and building a 21st century prototype emergency ambulance vehicle which will allow frontline clinicians to provide more high-level patient care on-scene, and thus help reduce the number of unnecessary hospital transports currently made by ambulance services across the EU.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

eChallenges e-2015 - Call for papers launched

The goal of e-2015 is to stimulate take-up of Research and Technology Development (RTD) results by industry and in particular SMEs, and help open up the European Research Area (ERA) to the rest of the world. One of the core thematic priorities for e-2015 is mHealth and eHealth. Deadline for submission of papers is 30 April.


PD_Manager: New mHealth platform for Parkinson's disease

A new project will allow people with Parkinson's to be followed by a multidisciplinary team, with the use of easy and accessible technologies. The mHealth platform for Parkinson's Disease management (PD_Manager project) is being supported by 4.4 million euros in EU funding.


Launch of study on digital skills in the workplace

Digital skills are increasingly needed throughout the workforce, as a complement to existing jobs and for the new jobs that are being created. Indeed, it has been suggested that soon 90% of jobs will require digital skills.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Extending the Digital Agenda in the developed world

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 2 March 2015


Monday, March 9, 2015

Chair of the European Steering Group on Sustainable Healthcare announces the publication of a European White Paper

At the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing, taking place on 9-10 March in Brussel, Mary Harney, Chair of the European Steering Group on Sustainable Healthcare and former Minister of Health of Ireland, will take part in the Thematic Panel on Sustainable Health & Care Systems for an Ageing Population. The debate will bring together different contributions on the “new vision” to sustain Europe's health and social care models meeting the needs of a growing ageing population and a shrinking labour force.


Blog post: Head of Orange Healthcare shares the company vision for Silver Economy

At the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing, the Silver Economy is at the heart of the debate on how longevity can become a driver of economic growth and social innovation contributing to sustained growth in Europe. In a blog post, Thierry Zylberberg, Executive Vice President of Orange, sets the scene for the thematic panel "The Silver Economy; longevity as a driver of economic growth".


EU Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing seizes the Silver opportunity

By 2060 one in three Europeans will be over 65 and total government spending on pensions, healthcare, long-term care, unemployment benefits and education will increase by almost 20 per cent. However, this new demographic reality could also be the basis for millions of new jobs and economic growth in the digital, healthcare, construction and travel sectors.