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eHealth Newsletter - 16/02/2011

16 February 2011
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Eris@ Annual conference 2011

12 April 2011 - 14 April 2011 Krakow, Poland

This year's conference will focus on progress with regional deployment and uptake of broadband. The event is organised by Eris@, an association of European regions who want to accelerate the impact of ICT on the quality of life of their citizens, business profitability and government processes.

Contact: info@erisa.be

eChallenges e-2011 Conference and Exhibition Call for Papers Deadline - 28 February

26 October 2011 - 28 October 2011 Florence, Italy

The eChallenges e-2011 Conference & Exhibition will take place in Florence, Italy on 26 - 28 October 2011. This conference is the twenty-first in a series of Annual Conferences supported by the European Commission, which regularly attracts over 600 delegates from leading commercial, government and research organisations around the world to share knowledge and experience, lessons learnt, good practice and innovation. An invitation for extended abstracts (1,200 - 1,500 words) for technical papers, visionary papers, business and government case studies has been published. Proposals to arrange 90 minute workshop sessions are also welcome. Related themes and suggestions for papers and sessions are outlined in the Call for Papers http://www.echallenges.org/e2011/default.asp?page=c4p. eChallenges e-2011 will focus on Applied ICT research topics addressing major societal and economic challenges. The programme will combine strategic keynote presentations, technical and policy papers, case studies, workshops, an exhibition and social activities. The programme will showcase results from projects funded at national and regional level as well as those funded by European Commission Research Programmes. Extended abstracts and workshop proposals must be submitted online by 28 February (http://www.echallenges.org/e2011/default.asp?page=submission).

DRT4ALL 2011 - International Congress on Design, Research Networks, and Technology for all

27 June 2011 - 29 June 2011 Madrid

This event is a scientific conference that will showcase how the latest advances in ICT can provide an independent life and improve social integration for the elderly and people with disabilities. The conference topics are : Technologies and Information & Communication Access Services, Human–computer interaction, Assistive Technologies, Telecare, Digital Homes and Ambient Assisting living, Applied robotics for personal autonomy and Transport for all. The call for papers closes on 4 April 2011.

Joint Workshop on New technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery

11 July 2011 - 13 July 2011 Graz, Austria

More and more universities, institutes and companies are gathering specific knowledge in consortia, and this type of cooperation generates high-quality research outcomes and innovative technical solutions. The SCATh Project organises a workshop that has the aim of highlighting the research conducted at European level in the field of new technologies for computer/robot assisted surgery. It will also provide training to early stage and advanced stage researchers, and will be the place to share new visions and perspectives in the related research fields. Registration via the SCATh project website.

Contact: eHealth@ec.europa.eu
See also: Research projects funded under Risk assessment and patient safety

Media: Commission Vice-President Kroes welcomes amendments to Hungarian Media Law

(16 February 2011) Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, has welcomed the amendments the Hungarian authorities have agreed to introduce to their Media Constitution and Media Act (Hungarian Media Law). These amendments concern all four issues where Vice-President Kroes had expressed serious doubts that the current law, adopted on 21st December 2010, was not compliant with EU law. These four issues comprise disproportionate application of rules on balanced information, application of fines to broadcasters legally established and authorised in other Member States, rules on registration and authorisation of media service providers and rules against offending individuals, minorities or majorities. The EU law in question comprises the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive, the rules laid down in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union on the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services (Articles 49 and 56 respectively) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (Article 11 on freedom of expression). The Commission will now closely monitor the adoption of these amendments and their subsequent implementation.

Call for Papers: "Policy Lessons from a decade of eGovernment, eHealth & eInclusion"

(16 February 2011) Europe has had many information society strategies, eEurope (1999), i2010 (2005) and Digital Agenda for Europe (2010). eGovernment, eHealth, and eInclusion are the three policy sub-domains comprising the societal public services pillar which is the backbone of all of these strategic frameworks. Given the emphasis that the new overarching EU2020 Strategy places on tackling grand societal challenges and turning them into economic opportunities, the relevance of these three domains is today even higher than in the past. Inclusive Innovation is often called the I2 paradigm. It is, thus, of the uttermost importance today to take stock of what has been achieved, not simply for reasons of accountability of public spending, but also in order to derive lessons and insights that can improve the efforts towards 2020. Regardless of the chosen approach, papers should not be merely descriptive of data (in whatever form, statistics, survey results, in depth case studies) but ideally would propose a new interpretative and theoretical framework supported by illustrative and explanatory empirical evidence. The deadline for article submission is: April 25, 2010.

Contact: editorial(at)epractice.eu

The EU and the U.S.: Partners in eHealth

(14 February 2011) Advanced economies like the EU and the U.S. grapple with the skyrocketing costs of healthcare and equitable access for their citizens, eHealth has the potential to reduce medical costs, increase accuracy and efficiency, enhance access to modern medicine, foster innovation, and create new markets. Because the health sector is information and time-intensive, eHealth can make healthcare more cost-effective through better management of patient records and remote diagnosis and treatment. At the Transatlantic Economic Council in December 2010, the EU and the U.S. agreed on a shared vision that would enable eHealth services to reach their full global market potential.

Contact: eHealth@ec.europa.eu
See also: ICT for Health at the EC

Increase of medical consultations via email in Denmark

(18 January 2011) According to the Digital Society 2010 report published in January 2011 the number of medical consultations over email has almost quadrupled. Medical advice via email is increasing, according to the data shown in the report of the IT and Telecom Agency, launched on 20 January 2011. (Report in Danish)

Contact: ehealth@ec.europa.eu
See also: ICT for Health

IZIP eHRs registered users increased by 94 % in 2010

(2 January 2011) As of 25 January 2011, there are more than 2.5 million users registered at the electronic health records (EHRs) of the IZIP system (eZk, in Czech), signifying that Czech citizens take an active interest in their health. The number of IZIP users in 2010 increased by 94 % as compared to 2009. Doctors who use IZIP have instant access to comprehensive patient information, thus enabling them to offer better patient care which results in speedier recovery times and quicker returns to active life. As such, a key component of IZIP is its day-to-day usage by health professionals and medical facilities. A new dimension for their clients is the involvement of IZIP in the European eHealth project epSOS, which aims to facilitate cross-border interoperability between electronic health record systems in Europe.

Contact: eHealth@ec.europa.eu
See also: ICT for sustainable and interoperable health services - epSOS

European Council gives green light to launch of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

(4 February 2011) In the conclusions of its meeting of 4 February, the European Council endorses the Commission's proposal for an Innovation Union, and in particular the launch of a European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, by stating that: "Innovation contributes to tackling the most critical societal challenges we are facing. Europe's expertise and resources must be mobilized in a coherent manner and synergies between the EU and the Member States must be fostered in order to ensure that innovations with a societal benefit get to the market quicker. Joint programming should be developed. The launch of the pilot Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing is an important step in that context."

See also: statement by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn after the 4 February European Council

New in the Library

EPILEPSIAE: Evolving Platform for Improving Life Expectancy of Patients Suffering from IctAl Events

15 February 2011

About one third of all epileptic patients cannot be treated by medication or by surgery; they suffer from refractory epilepsy. They live with the risk that a seizure can occur anywhere, at any time like a "bolt from the blue". This can mean facing serious limitations in their daily lives, in particular when it comes to their safety, professional and social integration. The Epilepsiae project intends to develop a wearable device to support people suffering from this kind of epilepsy, allowing them to have a normal life.

Contact: Project coordinator
See also: Previous projects in "Monthly Focus"

Epilepsia - Projecto europeu desenvolve sistema de previsão de crises

8 February 2011

See also: Epilepsia projecto

Report of Procurement of eHealth solutions workshop

8 February 2011

The following report compiles the presentations made during the workshop session.

Contact: info@epractice.eu
See also: http://www.ePractice.eu

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