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eHealth Newsletter - 21/06/2011

21 June 2011
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eHealth Week 2012 - World of Health IT Call for Papers - deadline 01/09/2011

20 June 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark

The WoHIT 2012 Programme Advisory Committee has opened the Call for Papers. New for 2012, submissions must specifically address one of the 7 session themes selected. Successful submissions will closely address the selected session's theme and provide practical information to assist European healthcare professionals in the betterment of healthcare through the effective use of information technology. Session abstracts submitted should not exceed 200 words and should be concise, noting the achievement, resulting benefits and the speakers who can effectively deliver the presentation. More information on the website.

Contact: Submissions should be made by e-mail no later than September 1st 2011
See also: eHealth Week 2012

European Union Contest for Young Scientists

23 September 2011 - 28 September 2011 Helsinki, Finland

The EU Contest for Young Scientists, an initiative of the European Commission, was set up to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. The event is held in a different European city every year. The young scientists have the chance to meet others with similar abilities and interests and to be guided by some of the most prominent scientists in Europe. In this way, the contest aims to strengthen the efforts made in each participating country to attract young people to careers in science and technology.

Contact: General information

Addressing evolving needs for cross-border eGovernment services

11 October 2011 Brussels, Belgium

Cross-border access to public services of other European administrations by citizens and businesses is one important step closer to a truly united Europe with strengthened eGovernment services between public administrations in different Member States. This workshop will focus on the evolving needs of the European Union towards a more efficient delivery of ICT-facilitated public services for citizens and businesses across the EU. The target is to widen the scope of use of the electronic means that public administrations have at their disposal outside the local, regional or national level. A further aim is to facilitate mobility of businesses and citizens i.e. for entrepreneurs to set up and run a business anywhere in Europe and allowing individuals to study, work, reside, receive health care and retire anywhere in the European Union.

eHealth developments in Europe over the next 12 months

(10 June 2011) What will have changed between now and next eHealth Week in May 2012 with regards to eHealth adoption in Europe — especially given this year′s bold call for action?

See also: Other articles on EU eHealth activities

Integrated digital care and self care model pays off

(10 June 2011) Over the last couple of years, the city of Espoo, Finland, has implemented a digitally supported model of integrated care and self care with a special focus on the chronically ill. Recent data illustrates that this approach is highly cost-effective and markedly improves communication between patients and professionals. Espoo self-care services and electronic health records are now available to patients on the internet, providing they meet certain authentication criteria.

Contact: HealthTech Wire
See also: eHealth projects at the EC

The Council adopted conclusions on Innovation in the medical device sector

(6 June 2011) In order for innovation to benefit patients, healthcare professionals, industry and society by improving individual health and quality of life it should be increasingly patient- and user-centred and demand-driven.

See also: Policy and Research in ICT for Health

Commission report highlights Europe's innovation emergency and analyses Member States' progress

(9 June 2011) The EU's innovation performance needs major improvements in many areas if the Europe 2020 strategy is to deliver smart sustainable growth, concludes the European Commission's 2011 Innovation Union Competitiveness Report. Europe needs more and "smarter" investment in both public and private research and development – not only does this boost growth in the medium-term, it also has a counter-cyclical effect in times of crisis. More research cooperation within the EU and internationally is needed, along with better use of research results, including through a stronger intellectual property regime. Education systems need to be adapted to business innovation needs. Innovative and fast-growing SME's need more encouragement. A concerted effort is necessary to build on Europe's promising record in innovation tackling global challenges such as climate change. The gender gap in science and research must be closed.

See also: Innovation Union Competitiveness report 2011 – frequently asked questions

New in the Library

Hot Summer Holidays!

14 June 2011

The European Health Insurance Card makes it easier for people from the European Union's 27 Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to access healthcare services during temporary visits abroad. So, if you are going on holiday, a business trip or a short break or are heading off to study abroad, remember to make sure that you have obtained a card. It will help save you time, hassle and money if you fall ill or suffer an injury while abroad.

See also: Travel safely – carry your health card

mHealth: New horizons for health through mobile technologies

7 June 2011

Mobile phones are now the most widely used communication technology in the world. They continue to spread at an exponential rate - particularly in developing countries. This expansion provides unprecedented opportunities to apply mobile technology for health. How are mobile devices being used for health around the world? What diverse scenarios can mHealth be applied in and how effective are these approaches? What are the most important obstacles that countries face in implementing mHealth solutions? Read the WHO report to know more.

See also: eHealth at the European Commission

Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissionner, European Commission welcomes Parliament's support for an optional Europe-wide contract law

The European Parliament, in a vote of its 736 members plenary today, with an overwhelming majority (521 in favour, 145 against, 8 abstentions) backed optional EU-wide rules for businesses and consumers who are concluding contracts in the Single Market. The vote by Parliament follows a recent policy announcement by European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding that she is considering proposing such an optional European contract law in the autumn (SPEECH/11/411). Her objective is to bring more coherence to contract law in Europe while easing cross-border transactions, notably for Europe's small businesses and its 500 million consumers. See also:

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