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Information Society Newsroom Update Weekly - 17/12/2010

Weekly Issue - 17 December 2010

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Commission signs eHealth agreement with US Department of Health

(17 December 2010) Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Washington to promote a common approach on the interoperability of electronic health records and on education programmes for information technology and health professionals. Common standards and interoperability stand to create huge growth opportunities for the eHealth industry as well as having a positive impact on the safety and quality of care. A skilled health IT workforce is necessary to make the benefits of eHealth services available to patients. This agreement aims to boost the potential of the eHealth market for EU companies wishing to do business in the US and vice versa. Promoting the use of eHealth technologies, with a view to improving the quality of health care, reducing medical costs and fostering independent living, including in remote places, is key objective of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Review shows strong SME interest and government backing for ICT to assist the elderly

(16 December 2010) The European Commission today presented a report on the progress of the Ambient Assisted Living joint programme (AAL JP) which highlights very high levels of involvement by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in projects, strong levels of financial support by participating countries and recommendations to ensure ongoing positive results. This EUR 600 million research and development funding programme involves 23 countries and the EU to improve the quality of life of senior citizens through smart ICT-based solutions. The report is addressed to the European Parliament and Council of Ministers and is an important step to reinforce the AAL JP, one of the key actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The AAL JP can make an important contribution to the forthcoming pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

ENIAC and ARTEMIS public-private partnerships delivering, but need more industry and Member State commitment

(16 December 2010) The European Commission has today endorsed a report by a panel of independent experts which calls on EU industry and Member States to reinforce their support for ARTEMIS and ENIAC, two public-private partnerships (established as Joint Undertakings) for collaborative research in the fields of nanoelectronics and embedded systems (used widely in cars, smart phones, power plants and elsewhere. The experts concluded that the current partnership model is good for industry, good for Member States, and good for Europe. However, they also found that more financial resources are needed from EU Member States and that industry needs to demonstrate a stronger commitment towards a European strategy if ARTEMIS and ENIAC are to realise their full potential.

Towards interoperability for European public services

(16 December 2010) The European Commission has today adopted an initiative to encourage public administrations across the EU to maximise the social and economic potential of information and communication technologies. The Communication 'Towards interoperability for European public services' looks to establish a common approach for Member State's public administrations, to help citizens and businesses to profit fully from the EU's Single Market. Making full use of the Single Market often obliges citizens to deliver or collect information or documents they need to work, study or travel within the EU and send them to public administrations in another Member State. Businesses face a similar reality. That is why it is vital that administrations provide efficient, effective cross-border eGovernment services, as reflected in the eGovernment Action Plan just adopted by the Commission, in accordance with the Digital Agenda for Europe. The need for effective interoperability is a central part of the Digital Agenda, one of the flagship initiatives in the Europe 2020 Strategy. The Commission's Communication introduces both the European Interoperability Strategy and the European Interoperability Framework, which should guide ICT policy for public bodies across the Union.

See also: Commission adopts Interoperability Strategy and Framework for public services - frequently asked questions

Digital Agenda: eGovernment Action Plan to smooth access to public services across the EU

(15 December 2010) The European Commission has outlined an ambitious programme to work with Member States' public authorities to expand and improve the services which they offer via the Internet. The new eGovernment Action Plan foresees forty specific measures over the next five years to enable citizens and businesses to use online facilities to, for example, register a business, apply for and access social security and health benefits, enrol in a university or bid to provide goods and services for public administrations. Promoting eGovernment can help boost Europe's competitiveness and allow public authorities to offer improved services more cost-effectively at a time of budget constraints.

Pilot projects show the way in easy access to online public services across the EU

(15 December 2010) The five-year eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015 presented by the European Commission today (see IP/10/1718) builds on experience gained with the 2006 European eGovernment Action Plan (see IP/06/523) and in particular on the results of several ongoing EU large-scale pilot projects. For example, STORK fosters the EU-wide interoperability of electronic identities whilst procurement and communication with governments have become simpler with PEPPOL and SPOCS. These innovative projects centre on the needs of citizens and businesses and make life easier through better access to more efficient and cost effective public services.

eGovernment Action Plan - what would it do for me?

(15 December 2010) A five-year eGovernment Action Plan has just been presented by the European Commission to deliver innovative online public services to citizens and businesses and increase the take-up of these services across Europe (see IP/10/1718 and MEMO/10/680). It sets out concrete actions and priorities to make access to public services more efficient and cost effective. The new Action Plan builds on experience gained with the 2006 European eGovernment Action Plan (see IP/06/523). The availability of online delivery of basic services like company registration and tax filing has so far been a success, going up from 21% in 2000 to 71% in 2009 in EU27. But take-up does not match this trend, with only 42% of the EU population using online public services in the past year. The Commission is committed to supporting Member States in developing eGovernment services based on users' needs. Here are some practical examples of exactly how the measures outlined in the Action Plan stand to benefit citizens and businesses.

Get Online Week 2011

28 February 2011 - 5 March 2011

Get Online Week is a Europe wide campaign to get new computer users online. It helps to get people through the doors of their local telecentres, enabling staff to build people's confidence to move on into more structured learning. Run in March 2010 as part of the European e-Skills week, it reached 68000 people. The Get Online Week 2011 campaign aims to : bring people online (with a focus on the offline Europeans, those who have never accessed internet before) ; raise awareness with the press and stakeholders of digital inclusion benefits ; promote and increase usage of telecentres across Europe ; demonstrate telecentres eInclusion impact at the European level. Telecentres, public authorities, public libraries, NGOs, and ICT companies, as well as schools and students will come together to organise a range of events, training sessions, competitions and more, to highlight the essential role of ICT skills in today's society.

eHealthweek 2011

10 May 2011 - 12 May 2011 Budapest, Hungary

Major stakeholders, such as Government decision makers, Industry leaders, Hospital Chief Information Officers, Practitioners and Patient Groups from across Europe will participate in this event. Panel discussions, debates, high level presentations and actual case studies will highlight the eHealth contribution to healthcare delivery. The speakers will share their experience on successful implementations, new trends and challenges in the eHealth sector.

We're Making It Personal - Are You?

17 January 2011 - 18 January 2011 Brussels, Belgium

This symposium will bring together healthcare professionals, researchers, companies, entrepreneurs, policy makers, health ministries and other stakeholders for an in-depth look at a variety of Personal Connected Health solutions and how these tools and services will fit into Europe's current and future healthcare model. The symposium will specifically target Chronic Condition Management, Ageing Independently and Health & Wellness topics.

See also: EC Research on Personal Health Systems

Future Internet week

13 December 2010 - 17 December 2010 Ghent, Belgium

The Future Internet week is the result of cooperation between many ICT players. The week offers a unique program of consecutive conferences, meetings and workshops related to the future internet. 2500 participants from all over Europe are expected to attend the different meetings and will ensure the synergy and cross-fertilization that is needed to reach a comprehensive approach to the digital society and economy. As organizations such as the Future Internet Assembly, ServiceWave, the Future Internet Research & Experimentation community, the European Network of Living Labs and many join forces, they will ensure a comprehensive approach to the digital economy and society.


HEALTHINF 2011: International Conference on Health Informatics

26 January 2011 - 29 January 2011 Rome, Italy

The purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to healthcare medicine in general and to the specialized support for those with special needs in particular. Mobility and ubiquity in healthcare systems, standardization of technologies and procedures, certification, privacy are some of the issues that medical informatics professionals and the ICT industry in general need to address in order to further promote ICT in healthcare.

New in the Library

Internet usage in 2010 - Households and Individuals

16 December 2010

This survey reveals that 80% of young internet users in the 27 EU Members States are active on social media. The share of households with broadband connections has doubled since 2006, to reach 61% in 2010 compared with 30% in 2006.

See also: Eurostat Data in Focus

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
Network and information security

TechAmerica event on joint EU/US cybersecurity, Washington, 16 December 2010

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
My vision for eGovernment, and how to make it real

"Lift-Off towards Open Government" conference Brussels, 15 December 2010

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