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Fri

27

May

2016

READi presented at the workshop: "New technologies in chronicity and outpatient care. Telemedicine and other uses of ICT" in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Readi for Health project was represented by FFIS, partner from Murcia, who participated as a trainer in the recent workshop: "New technologies in chronicity and outpatient care. Telemedicine and other uses of ICT "

 

This workshop is part of a training program that allows attendees to strengthen their knowledge related to leadership, strategy, and the use of new technologies applied to chronicity.

 

The constant changes fostered by technological advances in the health field force managers to seek new models of leadership and management. Consequently, retraining of these managers is necessary through specific information and training to adapt health systems to environmental opportunities, seeking and establishing new strategies and innovative tools to respond to new demands and scenarios.

 

During the workshop, 15 participants with the profile of health executives reviewed issues such as the development of ICT in the last 10-15 years and their contribution to chronicity. Through group dynamics the barriers to implementation and opportunities for introducing ICT in ambulatory care were explored.

 

One of the conclusions of the workshop was that the transformation requires managers with skills in managing change. These topics of discussion were directly linked to the investigation and the conclusions reached by the Consortium in work package 3.

Wed

25

May

2016

Building Blocks to a Dynamic Health 2.0 Ecosystem in Europe

 

Organised within the framework of the READi for Health project, this session at the Health 2.0 Europe event in Barcelona explored initiatives at European, national and regional levels to promote a much-needed dialogue and strengthen collaborations between all the stakeholders in European digital health.

 

The session was moderated by Jorge Gonzalez from TICBioMed, and a number of key international, European, national and regional experts participated, including: Unity Stoakes - StartUp Health (USA), Pēteris Zilgalvis - DG CONNECT, European CommissionAnssi Pulkkinen -Tekes (Finland), Joan Cornet - Mobile World Capital Barcelona (Spain) and Jorge Juan Fernández García - Biocat (Spain).

 

More information about the event here

 

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Mon

23

May

2016

READi for Health SME partner visits Barcelona's largest primary care unit to demonstrate patient empowerment platform ”My Life – My Health”

READi for Health collaborate with the SME Engaging Care in the patient empowerment project ”My Life – My Health", which was initiated by READi for Health based on health care needs identified in Skåne.

 

Engaging Care is a Swedish eHealth company that develops a gamified international platform for healthcare providers to improve patient empowerment and the exchange of health data for better health and lower cost for society. Engaging Care set up a meeting in Barcelona with Dr. Francesc Xavier Cos Claramunt, Director of "CAP Sant Marti de Provençals" and his team in the department "Unidad de Ensayos Clinicos", who are involved in the electronic clinical record system. 

 

The CEO of Engaging Care, Annica Belfrage, presented the aim and objects of the READi for Health project and how Engaging Care can improve their eHealth strategy.  Belfrage demonstrated the ongoing VINNOVA - financed project ”My Life – My Health”, which aims at developing a digital platform to support organ recipients, their next of kin and health care professionals - how to improve medical safety and communication between patient and their health care provider. 

 

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Thu

19

May

2016

Launch of the eafip Toolkit - Module 1

The eafip Toolkit aims to provide support to policy makers in designing PCP and PPI strategies, and to procurers and their legal departments in implementing such procurements.

The Toolkit consists of three modules:

  • Module 1: A strategic module addressed to policy makers, providing economic and case evidence about the impacts and benefits of PCP and PPI, together with concrete guidance on how to embed PCP and PPI into innovation strategies;
  • Module 2: An operational module addressed to public procurers aimed at clarifying the pre-requisites and key steps to design and implement an innovation procurement process (PCP and PPI); and
  • Module 3: A legal / operational module addressed to legal services aimed at clarifying legal issues and provide practical ‘how-to' guidelines, supported by templates.

For further information regarding the Toolkit, such as the overall context, the disclaimers and authors thereof, please visit the eafip website at www.eafip.eu

 

Module 1 of the eafip toolkit is online and can be accessed on the module page. Module 2 and 3 are currently under construction and will be launched in mid 2016.

 

On the eafip FAQ page you can find answers to questions that may arise when considering the implementation of an innovation procurement project. Also, the FAQ page provides definitions of the most commonly used terms in the Toolkit documents and will be regularly updated with the most common and representative questions raised by procurers.

The Toolkit will be adapted annually to take into account the most relevant FAQs.

 

Tue

17

May

2016

1st Regional Workshop on Big Data and Health identifies challenges and opportunities for the region of Murcia

The 1st Regional Conference on Big Data and Health took place on 21st April 2016 in Murcia. This was organised by TICBioMed and the Foundation for Health Education and Research (FFIS), in cooperation with the Regional Ministry of Health and the Servicio Murciano de Salud (SMS) -Regional Healthcare Service- and within the framework of the READi for Health project.

 

The conference addressed the growing relevance of big data for the health sector, p;aying a key role in improving clinical practice, patient and citizens care as well as the utilization of research results, representing an innovative element for the healthcare system. The experts participating in the conference included Dr. Julio Mayol, Medical and Innovation Head of the Hospital Clinico San Carlos in Madrid, who set the scene for the discussion on Big data and health, as well as D. Jose Tomas Palma Mendez from the University of Murcia.

 

The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness of the possible applications of massive data processing originated in health systems, based on different experiences and projects that are already underway. Another aspect to note about the use of Big Data is the interconnection of existing management documents, such as medical records, which generate large amounts of data that are an invaluable resource for exploitation for preventive and predictive aims. In addition, it acknowledged the value of Big Data as a tool that promotes and supports research, innovation and evaluation in the field of health and the vast amount of data available is an invaluable statistical value with proper analysis.

 

Whilst developments like Big data are a source of innovation that can generate large social benefits and provide significant growth prospects, they also pose multiple challenges of privacy and security that cannot be ignored. This subject was covered by Ms. Magnolia Pardo Lopez, iDerTec research group at the University of Murcia.

 

Panels involved professionals from all areas of Servicio Murciano de Salud (SMS) related to Big data: management, admissions, information systems and research. The panels were moderated by experts in each of the areas: D. Francisco Palacios Ortega, University Hospital of Getafe, in the field of clinical assistance, D. Emili Vela Vallespín, from the Catalan Health Service, in management area and D. David Prieto Merino, researcher of the FARR Institute, in research. These panels explored in more detail specific aspects of the use of Big Data in different fields and identified the challenges and opportunities for the region of Murcia on Big Data in the field of the health.

 

Finally, 7 companies, GMV, Exoglass, Eminem, Oesia networks, Emagina, Kronohealth and Plexus, offered a practical approach of the solutions that are now on the market and future trends in the field Big data and health.

 

Download the programme and presentation here (in Spanish only)

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Fri

13

May

2016

Interested in learning how innovative business modelling can support ehealth opportunities? Register your interest now

Register your interest now for the Webinar: "Innovative Business Models to support e-Health opportunities"

 

Date: Tuesday 24 May 2016

Time: 15:00 – 15:35 CET (20 min presentation & 15 min Q&A)

Location: Online (joining instructions will be sent in advance)

 

Bleddyn Rees will provide insights into how ehealth opportunities can be unlocked through innovative business modeling. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation. 

Bleddyn is a Digital Health Consultant and Lawyer at Osborne Clarke and Commercial Advisor to NHS Trusts. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the READi for Health project. Full bio here.

 

Please register your interest now by emailing Paula Dougan, paula@echalliance.com

 

This webinar is organised and supported by the READi for Health project. 

Thu

12

May

2016

Interested in collaborating with innovative eHealth SMEs?

The READi for Health project is currently working with a number of SMEs offering exciting and innovative solutions to the ehealth market. 

These SMEs have had success in their initial markets and are seeking collaboration opportunities to expand into other international markets.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be showcasing these SMEs, their innovations and collaboration opportunities. 

More information and contact details available here

 

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Thu

05

May

2016

In READi for Health project it is possible to learn from others' experiences and successes

READi for Health project conducted a survey on the introduction of digital systems and services in health care and in promoting the welfare of 8 different respondent groups. The common responses were the emphasis on the customer and user perspective. In particular, health care professionals found it gave a better service to the customer by the implementation of digital services.

 

Leading municipal stakeholders saw the interoperability of systems and services as a key objective, which is also one of the priorities in the National eHealth Strategy. In addition to interoperability the READi for Health project aims to promote e.g. the development of cloud services in health care, pre commercial procurement, as well as the internationalization of businesses.

 

The READi for Health project is funded by the EU's 7th Framework Regions of Knowledge program. The project is coordinated by Spanish TICBioMed including seven different partners from Skåne in Sweden, Murcia in Spain and Oulu Region in Finland. Partners in Oulu Region are Centre for Health and Technology (CHT) from University of Oulu and Council of Oulu Region. The European Connected Health Alliance leads the internationalization work package, as well as communication and dissemination. The project will be implemented during 2013-2016.

 

Regions involved in the project have been identified as digital health and well-being pioneers, with extensive research, development and innovation activities, as well as having many companies in the sector. Oulu Region has strong development and deployment of services and applications. A good example is Oulu Health Labs environment in which businesses and other organizations can develop and test their own services and products. Skåne’s strengths lies in patient participation and projects enabling empowerment. Murcia has invested in the training of the usage and development of digital services from patients’ point of view.

 

The project is nearing completion and the results are being compared with the Joint Action Plan. Targets have been met and partly exceeded. The developers of services have found each other, enterprises and public organizations have started or are planning several new co-operation projects. Capacity building in production and usage of services has risen to even greater significance than planned. Promoting the internationalization of SMEs will be one of the focus themes of the remaining part of the project.

 

Author: Mikko Väisänen, Research and Development,  Council of Oulu Region

 

Read the article in finish here

Fri

29

Apr

2016

Invisual and Re-Empower - winners in this years "Nordic Internet of Things Hackathon 2016"

On the 22nd to 24th of April developers from around the world came to Stpln, Malmö, to participate in the Nordic Internet of Things Hackathon 2016.

 

Two winning team were awarded, one for each track: 

 

  • Winners of the Intelligent Healthcare Establishments track was a mixed team from Germany, USA and Canada: Re-Empower. Their idea was based on the fact that the population of western nations ages which leads to the rise of illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Dementia. More and more cases of conditions that can severely limit a patient’s quality of life are being diagnosed each day, placing a large burden on spouses, families and caregivers.

 

  • Winning the Intelligent Buildings track were the same team that won last years track on Smart Homes: Invisual from Russia. Invisual created a solution that based on the data from people presence sensors can highlight windows that are most suitable for a rescue team to enter the building. In case of people trapped inside the building internal light system could be used for routing of rescuers. The system can show the firefighters whether there are people left in their building, where they can be found, and how to access the building.

 

Read Press Release of the event here

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Tue

26

Apr

2016

Innovations to help stroke survivors – READi promoting the MAGIC PCP


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Mon

25

Apr

2016

READi for Health Workshop @ eHealth Week 2016, 9 June Amsterdam

READI FOR HEALTH, READY FOR THE FUTURE?

 

The READi project invites you to learn more during the eHealth Week 2016 about a successful collaboration between 4 EU regions which has delivered achievements across a range of challenges.

From identification of unmet needs, addressing policy implementation, upscaling eHealth solutions, and creating better care for patients and citizens. 

 

The topics of the programme include: 

•    Policy and Strategies for digitalization of a healthcare system

•    Patient Involvement

•    Business opportunities

 

Join us at eHealth Week. The workshop will be open to all attendees (no additional fee). 

 

When & Where: Thursday, 9 June from 13:30 to 15:30 in room: MENDES DE COSTA

 

Please contact Beatriz Sanz, beatriz@echalliance.com if you have any questions

 

More information here

Download the agenda here

Wed

20

Apr

2016

READi partner in Oulu organized the Future Connected Health seminar, 13th April - Finland

Centre for Health and Technology hosted the Future Connected Health seminar organized in Oulu April 13 as part of the OuluHealth Ecosystem Days. The seminar program covered widely the path from connected health research into business.

 

Matti Sarén, Vice Rector, co-operation, University of Oulu is responsible for innovations and cooperation structures in multidisciplinary project activities and spoke about Connecting research and business in the University of Oulu. The role of research organizations as enablers of health business was also discussed by Eero Punkka, Head of Health Research, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

 

Vesa Kiviniemi, Principal Investigator, Functional Neuroimaging research group, University of Oulu presented research with commercialization potential with the title "Monitoring brain pulsations – A new goldmine?", Juhani Lahdenperä, CEO of Biotech Start-Up Management told how to successfully commercialize university research programs, and gave practical instructions to researchers aiming to found a start-up company on how to increase the likelihood of success. One way to ensure research projects’ practical need and commercial potential in early stage of research is through Proof of Concept projects. One of the ongoing OuluHealth PoC studies was presented by Jérome Thevenot, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the research unit of medical imaging, physics and technology at University of Oulu.

 

The seminar was closed with a panel concentrating on the business development and future hospitals.

 

More information about the event here.

 

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Mon

18

Apr

2016

APPLY FOR STARTUP SCALEUP 2ND BATCH!

One of our READi network partners is involved in Startup Scaleup, a 6 month accelerator program, enabling accepted startups to receive mentorship and support from the brightest IOT people in the World (to name few – Vinton G. Cerf, one of the “Fathers of the Internet” and vice president of Google and David Cuartielles – Founder of Adruino).

 

Startup Scaleup is a no-strings attached programme; no Equity, no Cost. You will get to work with other top IoT startups, startup incubators in Ireland, Spain, Netherlands and Lithuania & leverage their mentor and investor networks. Attend an intensive “IoT’ers” Week in one of our hubs for a face to face beginning to your journey which will continue online. Get direct insights from some of the world’s top players in IoT 

 

More information here

Thu

14

Apr

2016

READi presented at the VIII National Congress of Chronic Patient Health Care/III Active Patient National Conference, 7-8 April 2016 (Madrid - Spain)

The eighth National Congress of Chronic Patient Health Care was held in Madrid on 7 and 8 April 2016, continuing the debate on the models of care for chronicity initiated in previous congresses.

 

Its central theme was "Advanced Results" achieved after nearly 10 years of development of different strategies addressing chronicity and four years since the adoption of the strategy at national level. The central issues such as progress in autonomy and self-care, integrated care processes, socio-health coordination, innovation, research, etc. were organized through discussion and round tables, conferences, workshops, communication sessions on practical experiences of success and projects that are contributing positively to changing the delivery of care for patients.

 

In addition, a space was created where citizens and health professionals and social services could reflect together to find new ways and new solutions for chronic patients and their families, including their views and opinion in discussions, debates and workshops held as part of the third Active Patient National Conference.

 

Readi for Health project was represented by the partner from Murcia (FFIS) as a speaker in the practical workshop "If you do not listen to me, I can not help you". How to improve the effectiveness of drugs in chronic polypharmacy patients? attended by about 35 participants. FFIS also participated in the panel discussion "Moving forward in implementing strategies" where about 150 professionals and patients expressed their views about the barriers to implementing the reorganization of the health system to help guide the care of chronic patients. These topics of discussion are directly linked to research conducted by the Consortium in work package 3.

 

Learn more here (only Spanish)

 

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Thu

07

Apr

2016

5th General Assembly meeting in Murcia, Spain - 5 & 6 April

READi consortia partners met in Murcia - Spain, 5 & 6 April 2016 to advance with the implementation of the planning activities in the Joint Action Plan aimed to improve the introduction of eHealth strategies in their regions.

 

The consortium discussed the progress of different areas of interaction and how coworking can foster the introduction of tecnologies in their healthcare systems. Among this areas, special importance was given to keep working developing effective and inclusive regional eHealth strategies, supporting advanced eHealth services for start ups and SMEs operating in the eHealth market, including the internationalisation, ensuring interoperability - semantic and otherwise, and planning the final project event during the eHealth Week 2016 in Amsterdam.

 

Learn more here / here (in Spanish)

 

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Thu

31

Mar

2016

E-health education for medical students was organized together with companies in Oulu

Around 100 fifth class medical students of the University of Oulu assembled to the Oulu University Hospital´s OYS TestLab testing environment on Tuesday, March 29th to test in practice digital health care solutions developed by approximately 25 companies. The event was historical in Finland as medical students´ e-health education was organized for the first time together with companies. The event was also recognized in national media.

 

“New solutions will change the work flow of physicians. There are already several digital solutions available for health care and new solutions are constantly being developed.  Therefore it is important that education of health care professionals includes acquaintance and testing of different e-health solutions, Annu Tertsunen, Chief Physician of Finnish Medical Association and preceptor of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Oulu said.

 

“The education event was a great example of regional development and cooperation within the capacity building action of READi for Health”, Jarmo Pääkkönen, READi for Health Project Coordinator from Centre for Health and Technology, University of Oulu said. ”There´s an international need for promoting the collaboration of health care professionals and companies. Health care professionals have reported that they lack knowledge on e-health and e-health innovators are missing feedback from professionals.”

 

Both medical students and company representatives thought that the education event was successful. For companies with devices or solutions in the phase of development, testing and feedback provide knowledge about functionality and usability. Medical students, on the other hand, got round to testing solutions they will probably need in their work in the future.

 

Read more about thoughts of medical student, entrepreneur and organizers of the education event here

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Tue

29

Mar

2016

Apply now for the "Social Tech Seed" - open grant - funding programme!

Social Tech Seed is now open for Stage 1 applications until 14 April 2016 

 

Social Tech Seed is an open grant-funding programme that offers entrepreneurial organisations early-stage investment to develop innovative projects harnessing the power of the internet and digital technologies to deliver significant social change. The programme supports projects tackling pressing social challenges such as the environment and sustainability, education, employment and healthcare. Social Tech Seed will provide funding and support to help you demonstrate the social, user and financial value of your existing digital prototype. 

 

Social Tech Seed highlights: Social Tech Seed provides funding and support that enables entrepreneurial organisations with a basic, but functional, digital prototype to develop it into a more robust product or service and demonstrate its value to intended users and other stakeholders. If your application is successful, you can expect to receive:

  • Grant funding, typically between £15,000 and £50,000 for a project of 9-12 months’ duration
  • A support package including mentoring, marketing & comms advice and networking opportunities
  • Access to a discretionary fund of up to £5,000 should you need access to specific expertise to support your early-stage development

 

Unlike many other investors, Nominet Trust:

  • Does not ask for an equity stake, nor requests loan repayments
  • Allows successful ventures to retain any IP developed with our funding

 

Full information and how to apply here

 

Wed

23

Mar

2016

Region Skåne appoints a strategic advisor for e-health and m-health

Region Skåne has recruited Mats Ekstrand as a strategic advisor for e-health and m-health. His mission is primarily to coordinate the development of mobile IT services related to health care.

 

Mats Ekstrand comes from the position as CEO of Mobile Heights, the Skåne cluster organization for mobile communication. He is also Chairman of Innovation Skåne, owned by Region Skåne and support innovative businesses in Skåne, with particular focus on healthcare.

 

Previously, he worked in the Ericsson sphere for 20 years, including in Silicon Valley in the US, where he spent five years establishing and building up Sony Ericsson's research and development office.

 

I am very happy to have such an experienced person as Mats Ekstrand to coordinate work on e-health and m-health. There are great expectations of what can be achieved in health care with new technology. Skåne, which is prominent in both medical research and industry, including mobile communications, are positioned to lead the development in this area. But first we must ensure that the basic features are in place and functioning. This may involve, for example, booking times at the health centers and the renewal of prescriptions, says Regional Director Alf Jönsson.

 

Digitalization has conquered one area after another, and all companies are affected by it in some way. It now stands at the door of health care. This is a trend all over the world, but it has not yet really begun in earnest, said Mats Ekstrand.

 

Broad experience

 

Mats Ekstrand has also acted as advisor to the State Agency for Innovation Systems, Vinnova, and corporate and  Medicon Village in Lund. From this, he has good knowledge about the public support system for innovation and for national programs available for health care.

 

I think it is more important that we are good at realizing what is meant by digitizing healthcare. For many people, both citizens and employees of Region Skåne, there may be a vague concept with different interpretations. Most important for Region Skåne is that we are taking one step at a time and well-founded. Digitalization will support business by making it more accessible to patients and families, said Mats Ekstrand.

 

Mats Ekstrand will work from May 1 part time as a strategic advisor for e-health and m-health, and increases August 1 to full time. He reports directly to the Regional Director Alf Jönsson and will sit in the Group management.

 

Read more in Swedish here

Thu

17

Mar

2016

Murcia Living Lab: 7 eHealth SMEs Testing their solutions under real conditions

In September 2015, Servicio Murciano de Salud (SMS), the Murcia Regional Healthcare System, launched a living lab pilot that has counted with the participation of 7 eHealth companies in the framework of the Future Internet CHallenge eHealth (FICHe) project, aimed to challenge European small and mid-sized enterprises (SME) and startups that develop innovative applications and businesses in the eHealth market building upon the available FIWARE technology.

 

The 7 SMEs selected, presented the most promising and innovative proposals complying with the requirements, receiving direct funding as well as technical training and business coaching, and are testing their solutions in field labs and co-creating with end users.

In order to better provide services, the 7 SMEs were, first of all, matched with their preferred Living Lab city after analysing the needs for a Living lab location (e.g. type of patients, type of healthcare location, preferable country). Then, SMS launched an informal internal call to the different areas of SMS, to present the solutions of the SMEs interested in the Murcia Living Lab, in order to do a matchmaking according to the professional’s needs with a demand approach instead of a technology approach.

 

The Murcia living lab was launched on 22nd September 2015 and has provided tailored support for the participants, in six development areas: User development, Go-to-Market, Business model, Funding, Technological aspects and Team. This framework has been used to structure the process while still maintain flexibility as all SMEs have different challenges at various moments.

 

The selected companies were:

  1. HEALTHAPP is a private company dedicated to improve links between patient and therapist providing trusted information to patients and familiars about therapy and their process.
  2. IDEABLE SOLUTIONS Kwido is a multidevice (web, mobile, tablet) cost-effective platform for caring for elderly people. Helps eldercare and healthcare organizations to save costs, reaching more clients and letting the elderly be independent for a longer time.
  3. MEDBRAVO is a comprehensive digital solution for efficient collaborative clinical research on cancer that networks hospitals, health professionals, and research personnel to streamline the referrals of cancer patients to clinical trials. By streamlining referrals of cancer patients to clinical trials, Medbravo offers more patients the opportunity to participate in the development of better cancer treatments.
  4. The core value of MYSPHERA is being specialized in hospital processes and workflows and our commitment to provide outstanding services and support to our clients helping them to exploit the full potential of the real-time location systems (RTLS), and to do it with the best tool available for process optimization, inventory management improvement, and safety for staff and patients.
  5. NEUROATHOME, is a clinical software development company specializing in rehabilitation and telemedicine.
  6. PSICO SMART APPS is a mobile based technology which uses hyper-realistic virtual environments to treat anxiety disorders by virtual gradual exposure. Psious improves the current existing virtual exposure technologies making them available on any mobile system such as smartphones and allowing telehealth applications. Our mission is to revolutionize the mental health care arena democratizing the virtual.
  7. UMANICK Identity 4 Health offers secure patient identification to hospitals and the rest of the healthcare sector. It uses the most advanced biometric technologies: fingerprint, face, voice and iris recognition. UMANICK Identity 4 Health avoids both medical mistakes due to erroneous identification, and fraud by identity theft. Thus improving patients’ safety, and reducing healthcare spending.

 

Some of the services provided are:

  • Mentoring

The SMEs have been matched with a mentor based on their needs. The mentor is ‘the hub to knowledge’ for the participant and mentoring activities have been evolving around regular online one to one meetings. During the subsequent meetings, news about the activities and reviews about the Living Labs took place, as well as reminders for webinars and events, making sure that the companies are aware and can participate to them.

  • Webinars

The selection of the webinars was based on a need analysis made by mentor of the top SMEs with regards to the most important topics were in which they would like to gain more expertise. The top 5 topics were:

  1. European Grants
  2. CE certification and FDA approval
  3. Privacy & legal requirements for trusted eHealth care
  4. How to fund your business
  5. How to engage Angel Investors and/or Venture Capitalists
  • Matchmaking

In this area, SMEs have been provided different kind of matchmaking possibilities to the companies, facilitating the matching between SMEs and the Top Companies/Key public players in eHealth sector for Partnership or access to important first buyer, for instance: PHILIPS, IBM Watson, Google.

 

 

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Thu

10

Mar

2016

READi led a "Workshop on Internationalization Opportunities in e-Health", 2nd of March in Lund - Sweden

A Workshop on Internationalization Opportunities in e-Health was held March 2 at MHC in Lund - Sweden.

 

E-health is developing health and wellness, by taking advantage of digitization there is a possibility to increase the quality and use resources more efficiently.

Sweden's Digital Agenda aims for Sweden to be the best in the world to use digitization opportunities.

 

The READi team in Skane hosted a workshop aimed at how we can support the internationalization of businesses, health care providers and the region.

Some 24 participants attended from a wide range of stakeholders, sharing their work on internationalization activities in the Skane region.

 

The workshop clearly highlighted the great work already ongoing and the potential to collaborate future on developing even more opportunities.

Participants agreed that a follow up session would be of great interest.

 

Check the presentations: 

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Tue

08

Mar

2016

READi for Health – Calling ehealth SMEs in Oulu, Murcia & Skane who wish to access support for international markets

The READi for Health project is supporting the EU regions of Oulu, Skane and Murcia to develop and promote their eHealth innovations. As part of this support, the READi project will work with mature SMEs in these regions, who are involved in the broad areas of eHealth, mHealth, Connected Health etc and who would like support in showcasing their products and solutions to an international market.  

 

Support can take the form of virtual and physical opportunities such as: 

 

  • Your company's profile on the READi website
  • Signposting opportunities in your target markets
  • Webinars on doing business internationally
  • Virtual and physical matchmaking and networking
  • Highlighting relevant events or workshops

 

Eligibility Criteria: Participation is restricted to SMEs with headquarters in the regions of Oulu, Skane and Murcia. A mature SME is one which has already had some success in their initial markets, has a proven business model, a solution ready to be exported, and the necessary resources (human and financial) to access international markets.

 

Please register your interest by completing this Questionnaire and we will be in contact again soon.

Deadline 18th March.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

 

 

Thu

03

Mar

2016

READi presented at the Digital Health & Wellness Summit @Mobile World Congress 2016, 22 - 25 February Barcelona

The Digital Health & Wellness Summit (DHWS16) @ Mobile World Congress 2016 brought together more than 400 experts from 30+ countries including USA, China, Canada, Bolivia, Argentina, Japan and main countries of Europe, discussed during the 4 days were the challenges of mHealth implementation such as the regulatory framework of mHealth apps, the management of health and social care data or the latest innovative solutions in the field.

 

READi for Health project presented during the Showcasing Innovation Session. SMEs and starts-ups worldwide and major leading companies of the Mobile and Connected Health ecosystem such as Telefónica, Samsung Electronics, Tunstall, BUPA Group, Pathways Genomics and Ignilife, were featured at the successful event.

 

  • Presentations are available on the event website here 
  • View the event photo gallery here
  • Watch the Video highlights here

 

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Tue

16

Feb

2016

Cross Border eHealth Architecture

Let’s have The Architecture – how to join forces and agree on smart steps forward

 

Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Estonian health leaders met to consider an ambitious goal of to agree the 1st cross-border eHealth project in the area of health records (e.g. either in HER or PHR or even both).

 

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Thu

11

Feb

2016

The eHealth Competition 2016 is open !

Are you an eHealth SME? This may interest you

The eHealth Competition is an initiative that rewards the best eHealth/mHealth solutions produced by SMEs. Its objective is to support business success of SMEs by giving them visibility together with marketing opportunities to attract customers, partners and external capital. 

 

When and where

The eHealth Competition 2016 will be held in conjunction with the eHealth Week conference in Amsterdam, the next 9th June. During the Final the finalists will have to present their solutions in front of the jury, composed by relevant stakeholders in the eHealth field, investors and sponsors.

 

Why should you apply?

"Being named the leading eHealth solution created by an SME has made a big difference for our business.  It's opened up opportunties to attend event across Europe, and given us a level of recognition that we've found truly valuable. We would recommend entering this competition to any eHealth SME" Nicky Runeckles, UK MD, Big White Wall. 1st Prize Champions 2014

 

Need other reasons?

Visit www.ehealthcompetition.eu

Wed

10

Feb

2016

Regional Health Ministry from region of Murcia will build on the European program H2020 to boost its key research projects

The Regional Minister of Health of the Region of Murcia,  Encarna Guillén, has recently had the opportunity to verify the adequacy of current regional projects under preparation, in the context of open calls in the 2016-2017 biennial work program in the H2020 Framework, after meeting with various heads of theUnit of health from the DG Reserach and Innovation from European Commission.

 

The meeting focused specifically on funding opportunities offered by research and innovation program Horizon 2020, focused on Health. According Encarna Guillén explains, "our major research projects are aligned with the EU priorities."

 

Read more here (Spanish)

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Wed

03

Feb

2016

“Info Day about Horizon 2020 ICT-LEIT and IoT 'cross-cutting actions ' opportunities for research funding grants”

READi partner (Daleph) attended this European Commission event in Brussels on 25th January 2016.

 

You can learn more and view presentations here.

 

You may also view the LIVE Webstreaming of the 25 Jan, morning session here.

 

Tue

02

Feb

2016

Spanish READi partners are supporting ‘The healthStart Program’ initiative amongst the cluster SMEs

The madri+d Foundation of the Madrid Regional Government along with the Hospital Platform for Healthcare Innovation ITEMAS launch healthStart. This Acceleration Program helps early-stage and high-tech projects conceived by patient demands at care settings and designed by clinicians at Hospitals, get the strategic, operational, and financial support they need to transform ideas and prototypes into products and companies with the potential to impact healthcare globally.

 

Out of twenty projects, 10 were selected this year to access the acceleration scheme. During the 6 month, in-person program, mixed teams of MDs, PhDs, engineers, managers, etc, are matched and work towards getting resources to push the projects to their next stage of maturation. The projects selected receive 200+ hours of lectures, high-level networking and teamwork, mentorship from industry leaders, and gain access to partners, advisors and sales leads and pitching to companies and investors.

 

More information: www.healthstart.es

Mon

25

Jan

2016

READi supports the 3rd Digital Health & Wellness Summit @ Mobile World Congress 2016, Barcelona 22- 25 February 2016

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Mon

04

Jan

2016

What are the main needs, barriers and challenges for the implementation of ICT for better healthcare?

As a central part of the project (WP3), a qualitative research was carried out from February to October 2014 to identify precisely all these aspects.

 

The study was conducted in parallel in 4 Regions and included the participation of 99 stakeholders from healthcare systems. According to participants, for the ’implementation of ICT in health systems’ it is fundamental to respond to 32 NEEDS.

 

Once identified, all 32 needs were PRIORITIZED in order to adopt the more realistic initiatives with greater chances of success and to guide decision making in the process of implementation of eHealth. This prioritization has also allowed having information that can guide decision making in the process of implementation of eHealth.

 

The purpose of these leaflets (available in english and spanish version) is to give some feedback from this interesting research and provide summary information on the main findings. You can also find more details of prioritized actions to address identified needs.

 

Download the Flyer in Spanish or English 

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Wed

23

Dec

2015

READi for Health participated in the cross-regional workshop organised by the Spanish Network on R & D policies on the 3rd & 4th December 

READi for Health participated in the cross-regional workshop organised by the Spanish Network on R & D policies on the 3 and 4 December at the headquarters of the Galician Innovation Agency (Santiago de Compostela), on R & D + I in healthcare.

 

After the opening, under the title "smart specialization in health in Spain: Challenges and Opportunities", the regions of Galicia, Navarre, the Basque Country and Andalusia offered a review of the inclusion of the health priority in their respective RIS3.

 

Following the regional approach, an overview of the R&D and innovation activities at a national level was provided including ITEMAS initiatives such a platform for innovation in medical technology and health to develop innovation in hospitals, and the PRIS project launched by the National Ministry, focused on pre-commercial procurement.

 

Next round tables were focused on new drugs, key enabling technologies (KET), for health or health technologies, diagnostic and personalized medicine. The day ended with a section on care innovation, ICT and telemedicine. The second day began with a discussion table dedicated innovative public procurement in the health sector, which included the presentation of some success stories promoted by the Xunta de Galicia and the University of Cordoba, ending with a section on interregional cooperation initiatives health, that included the main findings of the READi for Health project

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Wed

16

Dec

2015

READi for Health participates in the REGPOT and ROK Workshop organised by DG Research & Innovation, in Brussels 7 December 2015

READi for Health coordinator participated in the REGPOT and ROK Workshop organized by DG Research & Innovation with the objective of taking stock and sharing experiences within the REGPOT & ROK community and how projects have managed to cultivate and shape synergies between different EU Funds and strategies for growth and jobs in Europe.

 

The workshop paid attention to the contribution of the projects to the regional innovation strategy and (RIS3) smart specialization strategy, either on the consultation phase or in the implementation. 

 

Also special focus was put on how to upscale the clusters to European and international level, identifying the obstacles but also the supportive issues.

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Tue

15

Dec

2015

Readi attend the ECHAlliance eHealth Strategy Group's (eHSGroup ) first workshop held in Estonia on 13 November 2015

The ECHAlliance eHealth Strategy Group (eHSGroup) has been created to support and propel the work across the International Ecosystem Network, it's members and partners.  The first eHSGroup workshop was held on Friday 13th November 2015, in Tallinn Estonia, hosted by the Estonian Connected Health Ecosystem and Tehnopol.

 

The workshop was attended by 24 senior stakeholders, with responsibility for either developing, implementing or redesigning their “eHealth Strategy”, from 7 countries including Estonia, Finland, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, France, and Denmark. 

 

The workshop leaders included Brian O’Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance and Ain Aaviksoo, Deputy Secretary General for e-Services and Innovation, Ministry of Social Affairs Estonia, who will be the eHSGroup Chair.

 

eHSGroup is a reference point to support current work and potential future ventures for the ecosystem network.  The group will act as a forum to test thinking, share best practice and provide advice on developments regarding eHealth Strategies. 

 

A report of the meeting is available and can be downloaded here

 

View the flickr album here

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Wed

09

Dec

2015

READi for Health was involved in Amazon eHealth Framework workshop, 30th November in Espoo - Finland 

VTT Technical Research Center of FinlandUniversity of the State of Amazonas in Brazil and University of Oulu organised a workshop on November 30th in Espoo, Finland to discuss opportunities for collaboration in deploying eHealth solutions in the Amazonas State. The Amazon region is a large and unique territory with a low population density and currently low offering of public health care services. To improve the quality and access to health care services in the Amazon region the Framework for Cooperation in eHealth between Finland and the Amazonas State in Brazil is to be established.


In addition to the organizers the Brazilian participants from the Regional Council of Medicine and the Council for Amazonas State Health Secretariats and several Finnish companies were involved in the discussions.

Jarmo Pääkkönen from Oulu was representing READi for Health, and presented advances of regional collaboration and eHealth ecosystems in READi for Health project.

 

“Developing the Amazonas eHealth requires establishing collaborative eHealth education program for the region. This is something that READi for Health project can collaborate within Capacity building action.  We have acquired understanding about patient empowerment across ecosystems and we have experience also in the eHealth related exchange of information and skills between different stakeholders to support internationalization”, Jarmo Pääkkönen said. 


The workshop established an agenda to build up a cooperative EU-LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) research, education and business framework for an eHealth enabled Primary Health Care strategy for Amazonas remote areas. 

 

View the agenda and presentations here

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Thu

03

Dec

2015

READi partners participated at the "eafip for Health and Elderly Care Sector Procurers Workshop", 24 November 2015 - Manchester, UK

READi for Health participated in this event as Innovative Public Procurement is one of the key ares in the READi Joint Action Plan.

 

The first eafip workshop was organised jointly with NHS England, focusing on innovation procurement of ICT-based solutions in the healthcare sector.

 

It was held on 24th November 2015 in Manchester, UK. Through this official European Commission initiative, eafip provided support to EU public procurers in the design and implementation of innovation procurement of ICT solutions in the healthcare sector.

 

The workshop provided procurers with access to good practices and hands-on support:

 

•    Concrete cases of new procurement needs identified by the participating key procurers;

•    The different steps of designing and undertaking a PCP or PPI procurement; and

•    Networking and experience exchange.

 

You will find the presentations and pictures of the workshop here 

The list of participants is also available through the following link


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Mon

30

Nov

2015

Tallinn Tehnopol and READi for Health project organized the "eHealth Collaboration Meeting" in Tallinn, 13th November

READi for Health project organized the eHealth collaboration and information sharing session in co-operation with Tallinn Tehnopol on the 13th of November 2015.

 

The event was part of the International Seminar-workshop: Digital Single Market in Health. The target was to share deep knowledge and thoughts of eHealth innovation for health care and hospital professionals, eHealth stakeholders and eHealth SMEs.

 

There were rich discussions about eHealth innovation creation experiences. Information sharing was tremendously helpful for opening the eyes for eHealth development. The event gathered eHealth innovation persons and important decision makers for deep discussions where the participants could present their thoughts, problems and questions.

 

The event was organized as a part of the WP6 mentoring activities. The agenda included following innovation creation topics:

  • Living labs in hospital, Kjeld Libby, Innovations Chief at Aalborg Universitetshospital Region Nordjylland
  • Smoothing medical professional and SME collaboration, Minna Pikkarainen, Connected Health Professor at Centre for Health and Technology University of Oulu
  • eHealth Living Labs, how to get citizens to participate, Lotta Haukipuro, OULLabs Specialist at Center of Internet Excellence University of Oulu 

 Download the presentations of the meeting here

  

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Mon

23

Nov

2015

“Sydsvenska Dagbladet” newspaper has published an article about the new innovative interactive  digital platform in Region Skåne - "My Life - My Health" 

"The patient at the centre of new eHealth project in Region Skåne"

 

Today's educational system for organ recipients does not have the resources to give patients and families the support they need.

 

Region Skåne has started a new collaboration with HiQ and Engaging Care to develop an eHealth solution that provides education and support for organ recipients, next of kin, and health care professionals for person-centred, high quality and equitable transplant care.

 

Within the framework of the EU project READi for Health, R&D Centre Skåne and the Thorax department at Skåne University Hospital will create an innovative interactive digital platform ("My Life – My Health") that offers organ recipients and their next of kin personalized evidence-based knowledge and long-term support for their treatment and lifestyle changes. Such a platform conducive to the individual's involvement in their own care and health, resulting in better patient outcomes, contributing to a safer and more cost effective care.  The aim is also to achieve equal care conditions throughout the country.

 

"A host of new requirements arise in daily life as a transplanted, which causes concern and anxiety among both patients and next of kin. A successful national organ transplant care require extensive evidence-based knowledge and support for survival, long term health and quality of life," said Anna Forsberg, Professor in Care Sciences with focus on organ transplantation, Lund University.

 

"Furthermore, the platform is intended to act as a knowledge and training portal for staff of transplant units and patients' home hospitals, increasing patient safety and reducing the vulnerability of today's educational system that is dependent on a few experts", explains Maria Nygren, operational director at Thorax SUS.

 

"The individuals will be able to monitor their own health and be offered the opportunity to share their health information with relatives, health professionals and research. Access to the individual's health information is important for the further development of care and treatment as well as for research", says Ulf Malmqvist, Director of R&D Centre Skåne.

 

"The platform takes its cue from Engaging Care’s engagement platform, which takes into account the whole patient's health profile and tailor individual treatment.  "We want to include patients and next of kin and provide both support and knowledge that motivate patients to improve their health and their wellbeing", says Annica Carnbring Belfrage, CEO and founder of Engaging Care.

 

"HIQ is an IT consulting firm with extensive knowledge and experience of mobile solutions and e-learning. The project is well in line with our quest to create innovative solutions that can improve and streamline care" says Susanna Karlsson, account manager at HiQ Skåne AB.

 

The project is coordinated and led by Ulf Malmqvist and Ann Tronde, project leader for READi for Health at R&D Center Skåne. On 28 October the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova granted funding to carry out the planning of the project.

 

The READi for Health project has brought together four EU-regions Skåne, Oulu (Finland), Murcia (Spain) and Midi-Pyrénées (France). The project is working to highlight the potential of mobile technology and how it can help to provide an equal and high-quality care. The project is operated in Skåne by the partners R&D Centre Skåne and Mobile Heights.

 

About My Life – My Health

 

My Life - My Health is developing a digital platform that provides training and support for organ recipients, related parties and health care professionals for person-centered, high quality and equal transplantation care. With interactive solutions for learning, treatment and decision support, the individual´s involvement in their own care and health is promoted, resulting in better patient outcomes at a lower cost to society.

My Life - My Health provides all organ recipients and their related parties individualized evidence based know ledge and long-term support for their treatment and lifestyle changes.

Equal healthcare opportunities are thereby achieved in the whole country, following Socialstyrelsen´s guidelines for national coordination. Furthermore, the platform functions as a knowledge and training portal for the staff at the transplantation units and the patients´ home hospitals, thus increasing patient safety and reducing the system vulnerability which today is dependent on a few experts.

The individual monitors their own health information and, after informed consent, decide who he/she would like to share the information with, such as related parties, healthcare, and research. Sharing of patient-generated quality-assured health information creates opportunities for further development and evaluation of medical procedures / processes,

improved patient safety, and more cost-effective healthcare.

The project is interdisciplinary and has gathered key players with the ability to define needs, develop the solution and utilize the results nationally and internationally.

My Life - My Health has high scalability and great potential to be used in a large number of disease areas, both in Sweden and internationally.


Read the news (Swedish) here

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Mon

16

Nov

2015

The biggest daily newspaper in Skåne “Sydsvenska Dagbladet” has published an article about the “eHealth on prescription” in Region Skåne

An app on prescription could become reality if Mobile Heights new projects goes well. Together with Region Skåne they want to build a marketplace for e-health apps that is clinically tested and does not leak user information.


Within the framework of the EU project READi for Health Mobile Heights wants to create a new e-health solution for healthcare. It is about building up a library of clinically approved medical apps that doctors can use to share data from patients and which allows users to monitor their own health.


According to Henrik Cosmo, who leads the Mobile Heights part of the project E-health on prescriptions, according to the medical regulations apps are CE marked by the developers, but no external control is made.


- The doctor who recommends an app to a patient is responsible for the clinically approval and because there is no control body that can guarantee this, it chooses simply not to prescribe apps, he says.


The library will help the physician to find which apps are approved and showing clinical result.


- It allows the physician to write apps on prescription to patients.


A study recently published in the British journal BMC Medicine shows that e-health apps often has gaps in security, privacy and reliability. According to the study, which included 79 applications approved by the British medical authority, NHS, none of the apps encrypted the medical data stored in the phone and 66 percent of the apps sent information over the network unencrypted.


- This is another problem we want to solve through the marketplace where we can make demands on security and integrity, says Henrik Cosmo.


To carry out the planning of the project Mobile Heights and Region Skåne are now looking for half a million kronor from Vinnova. Notification of funding comes in November.


READi for Health is a project in progress for three years in four technology strong regions in Europe: Skane (Sweden), Oulu (Finland), Murcia (Spain) and Midi-Pyrenees (France). The project will identify the regional potential for e-health. In Skåne the project is conducted by Region Skåne through R & D Center Skåne and Mobile Heights.


Read the article in Swedish here


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Wed

28

Oct

2015

READi attended the inauguration of OuluHealth Labs, on October 20th in Oulu, Finland

The OuluHealth Labs test and development environments were officially launched at Test Bed Facilities for Health Innovation conference on October 20th in the Oulu University Hospital (OYS), Oulu. The event gathered around 150 participants to learn about test bed facilities and possibilities provided by OuluHealth Labs and also to hear international speeches on test beds for enabling health innovations in general.

 

OuluHealth Labs is a unique piloting environment that allows health care professional and companies to test their products and services in real/simulated environments and with real users. Through Nordic Test Beds project, coordinated by CHT, OuluHealth Labs offers also possibilities for testing product and services abroad.

 

 “OYS TestLab is a test environment where companies and social welfare and healthcare providers test and develop their ideas and products in authentic hospital environment with true users”, says Hannu Leskinen, Executive Director of the Oulu University Hospital.

 

“Our goal is to speed up the implementation of innovations, promote their commercialisation and boost Finnish health sector companies’ export. OYS shall use the TestLab also for the development of their processes and modelling their future building projects.”

 

The event was part of the regular ecosystem meetings focusing on connecting the Oulu Ecosystem with the growing ECHAlliance Network in Europe, USA, China and soon Canada. 

 

“We have worked with Oulu for four years and congratulate them on this milestone achievement in collaboration and Innovation” says Brian O’ Connor, Chair of the ECHAlliance


Some photos of the day here  

Find the power point presentations here (at events)

 

OULUHEALTH LABS IN SHORT

 

OuluHealth Labs is a global-scale, one-of-a-kind test and development environment for products and procedures. It is composed of three parts: Oulu CityLab, Oamk SimLab and OYS TestLab

The clients of OuluHealth Labs are companies and service providers in the wellbeing sector.  OuluHealth Labs facilitates innovation and product testing through the entire service chain from a private home to health centres and hospitals. Test environment services are produced at the cost price.

 

Further information:

OuluHealth Program Director Noora Jansson, 040 753 2917, noora.jansson@businessoulu.com

Oamk SimLab: Principal Lecturer Helena Heikka, 050 367 0341, helena.heikka@oamk.fi

Oulu CityLab: Technology Specialist Jaana Kokko, 044 7034 030, jaana.a.kokko@ouka.fi 

OYS TestLab: Project Manager Timo Alalääkkölä, 040-561 4390, timo.alalaakkola@ppshp.fi


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Mon

26

Oct

2015

READi for Health Finnish partner is working on “Smart specialization” in Oulu Region

Oulu Region started the smart specialisation strategy process in 2012. Strategy process was initiated as part of structural funds and regional development plan programme work in 2013-2014. 

 

The interactive process included stakeholders from companies, business developers, research and educational institutes, municipalities and public authorities. The process was coordinated by the Council of Oulu Region.  The region chose 4 focus areas/clusters: ICT and software, basic industry’s value chain, clean technologies and healthcare and wellness technology.

 

In 2015 the Council together with the University of Oulu evaluated implementation and success of the process. Funding of ERDF projects was used as basic data in evaluation. The report of the evaluation showed that choices of the focus areas guided the funding. Report took up related variety concept which meant that selected clusters have solid relations with each other.

 

In the Oulu Region ICT cluster works as a key enabling technology where other clusters can benefit for knowledge spillover. Too tight relations can also be tread, unrelated variety protects from external shocks.    

 

Download "Smart Specialization in Oulu Region" presentation here

 

Contact: Mr. Mikko Väisänen, Council of Oulu Region: mikko.vaisanen@pohjois-pohjanmaa.fi

   

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Mon

19

Oct

2015

READi participated at the EU-WISE Regional Workshop on 16th October in Murcia-Spain

 

EU-WISE is a FP7 project, that started in 2012, involving  eight institutions from seven european countries: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Bulgary, Greece, Norway, Ireland and Spain.

 

One of the aims of EU-WISE is to disseminate, at the European level, the results from the institutions through different strategies: publications, congresses, web-page, etc. The project will end in December of 2015 and, for the last four months, Regional Workshops have been planned with communication and dissemitnation purposes.

 

The aim of this meeting in Murcia (Spain), with the collaboration of the other Spanish partner, the University of Navarre, is to show key stakeholders from regional Healthcare Systems, not only from Murcia but also and other parts of Spain, results of EU-WISE and share their experience and links with their own lines of research.

 

Potential future collaborations and dissemination of results will be explored between the institutions participants

 

Download the presentation here 

 

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Mon

12

Oct

2015

Interesting presentation by one of the members of the READi consortium at the "Startup Europe Comes to the Regions - SEC2R" event held on 1st October in Brussel


One of the members of the READi consortium, Tanya Suárez recently presented at the Startup Europe Comes to the Regions event held on 1st October in Brussels, outlining the importance of regional implication in supporting connected startup ecosystems.

 

Well functioning ecosystems can pave the way for eHealth startups to access new markets (part of the Born Global trend that is a precursor of success). Of particular interest at the event was the pre-announcement of the certificate of excellence that the Commission plans to award SMEs that have passed the SME instrument threshold evaluation but have not been selected for funding. The Commission would like Regions to find ways of supporting these innovative  SMEs whose value proposition has already been proven at European level in the highly competitive scheme that is the SME instrument.

 

Download all presentations here


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Tue

06

Oct

2015

“Centre for Health and Technology” are working in the Health field internationalization and has finished the SME’s Study a survey of Cluster Co-operation

 

READi Finnish partner “Centre for Health and Technology” (CHT) in Oulu are working in the Health field internationalization and has finished the SME’s Study a survey of Cluster Co-operation experience interviews.

 

CHT has been building networks of high end cluster partners in health and wellbeing businesses in the Global Innovation Networks in Health and Wellbeing project.

 

During the project different cluster actors around the world have been scanned and met, and with those meeting the needs and profiles of Oulu’s own ecosystem best, actions have been taken to develop cooperation further.

 

The objectives of the projects were:

  • Unite European ICT-knowhow to promote world leading ICT-health innovations and to build a world class network to speed up the emergence and commercialization of new ideas
  • Develop cooperation model within the European innovation ecosystem
  • Strengthen the participation of CHT and Oulu’s ecosystem in European networks and thereby in  research program preparations

During the project CHT has participated in finding and building new contacts and networks. CHT has also been involved in preparation in signing of Memorandum of Understanding –agreements with partners in Northern Ireland, Baden-Württemberg and Tallinn, and contacts have been built also in Scandinavia with Aalborg, Skåne, Uppsala, Oslo, and NRI network. As a result of the networking activities a new Nordic Innovation funded project Nordic Test Beds with five Nordic university hospitals has been started.

 

CHT has finalized the SME’s Study which purpose was to find out and learn how the companies and partners in Oulu, and also international cluster partners, have experienced the cooperation and actions, and what kind of expectations they have for the future development of the cooperation. The focus was especially in finding out what kind of needs the companies in Oulu region have regarding the international cluster cooperation, and what kind of actions could fulfill those needs. The focus was in research, development and innovation (RDI) actions of companies, but other aspects were not excluded.

 

Download the SME’s Study here

 

Some results of the Study were discussed at the “Future of Cluster Cooperation” workshop in Oulu last March, where representatives of European health technology clusters and Oulu based companies and researchers planned future actions to support international cooperation and company partnerships.  

 

Read more about the “Future of Cluster Cooperation” workshop here 

 

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Mon

28

Sep

2015

READi for Health participated at the Horizon 2020 workshop last 15 September, Oulu - Finland 


The READi for Health parteners joined organisations from the Oulu Health Ecosystem (part of the ECHAlliance International Ecosystem Network) in Oulu to discuss and identify suitable topics in the upcoming Horizon 2020 project calls.

 

The Readi team worked with Oulu health organisations including Business Oulu, OuluHealth, Centre for Health Technology and Oulu University Hospital and Social and Healthcare Services of the City of Oulu. 

After reviewing the upcoming range of call topics in the Health programme, the consortium partners agreed to reflect on the prioritized common interest areas.

Each partner agreed to consider potential collaboration for some calls and feedback in a couple of weeks.

 

Download presentations here

See Photo Gallery here


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Thu

24

Sep

2015

4th General Assembly Meeting, Oulu - Finland 16th September 2015

READi consortia partners met in Oulu, Finland, last 16th September, to advance with the implementation of the planning activities aimed to improve the implementation of eHealth strategies in their regions.

 

The consortium discussed the progress of different areas of interaction and how coworking can foster the introduction of tecnologies in their healthcare systems. Among this areas, special importance was given to: 

 

  • Developing effective and inclusive regional eHealth strategies
  • Launching eHealth innovation hubs to link research and technological innovation with what users need
  • Supporting advanced eHealth services for start ups and SMEs operating in the eHealth market
  • Ensuring interoperability -semantic and otherwise
  • Launching new initiatives that can discover how to use big data for better healthcare decision making
  • Supporting SMEs with digital healthcare technologies to access global healthcare markets
  • Facilitating public procurement of innovative eHealth technologies
  • Building eHealth capacity and understanding in each ecosystem
  • Communicating with all eHealth stakeholders

 

See the Photo Gallery here

 

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Mon

03

Aug

2015

READi for Health was at the Digital Health Summit @ Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015, 14 - 17 July 

READi for Health as an event partner of the Digital Health Summit attended the successful event!

 

For the 1st time ever, the Digital Health Summit took place in Shanghai, 15th – 16th of July, during the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015.

 

The China Connected Health Alliance (CCHAlliance) and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) are delighted to announce that, thanks to a partnership with the GSM Association (GSMA), this fully booked 2-day conference has been a great success: welcoming more than 250+ global mHealth leaders.

 

High-level speakers in government, industry, academia and private equity from China and the rest of the world have presented recent developments and exciting initiatives in the Digital Health sector, exploring trends for the future.

 

• Presentations are available on the event website here  

• The event photo gallery here

• Read the press release here

 

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Sun

02

Aug

2015

Readi for Health presented in the Annual Meeting of the Regional Coalition of Active and Healthy Ageing

The Annual Meeting of the Regional Coalition of Active and Healthy Ageing has held in the Auditorium of the Ministry of Health and Social Policy of the Region of Murcia, Spain in July.


The European Innovation Coalition for Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) [1] responds to an initiative of the European Commission.


It consists of different national, regional coalitions, etc., including the Coalition of the Region of Murcia, which at different levels grouped on voluntary and collaborative institutions, companies, professional and patient associations, seniors and caregivers is addressed to promote health and improve the quality of life and share the challenge of aging as a common interest. (Web: Innovation European Coalition for Active and Healthy Aging Murcia).


During the event the topics presented were; the website of the Regional coalition, the results of a Needs Assessment in Health Education, some projects underway in the Region of Murcia such as; Innovative food, EU WISE, some innovation projects INCA, Fiche, Readi for Health.


And at the end was conducted a discussion with audience participation analyzing possible synergies and initiatives of active and healthy aging, to boost the development of Murcia Region. These projects are somehow initiatives that align with the objectives of the Coalition:

  1. improve health, quality of life and life expectancy of the population of the region
  2. improve the sustainability of health and social regional system
  3. improve the competitiveness of regional companies
  4. try the best adhesion to pharmacological or non-pharmacological treatments chronic problems
  5. facilitating the integration of regional and social services

Participation and presence in these forums is aligned directly with the objectives that the Readi for Health project has the challenge of meeting.


Read more here (spanish)


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Fri

10

Jul

2015

READi attended the webinar "eHealth business opportunities and things to consider when entering the USA market" on July 7th

This webinar was been specifically developed to support ambitious eHealth SMEs / Entrepreneurs  interested in moving into the USA market and offered valuable insights from this top expert in digital health.

 

Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director New York eHealth Collaborative spoke about: "eHealth business opportunities and things to consider when entering the USA market".

 

Dave’s current position has overall responsibility for the New York eHealth Collaborative, a non-profit organization promoting health information technology that ensures fast, secure, accurate access to patient data across New York State.  

 

To read more about Dave click HERE

 

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Mon

29

Jun

2015

READi presented a Poster at the 35º Congreso de la SEMFYC, 11 - 13 June, Gijón - Spain

The 11 to 13 of June Readi for Health has participated in the 35th Congress of the SEMFYC (Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine) held in the city of Gijón, Asturias, Spain.

 

Family Medicine has been an active witness in the evolution that has been taking place in the recent interest for the incorporation of new tools for communication and information in clinical practice, subject that has been controversial about its efficiency and effectiveness and feasibility. The use of new technologies has influenced the doctor-patient relationship and requires that health professionals be prepared to adapt their communication in different nuances.

 

During the conference some roundtables, panel discussions, forums and presentations on issues related to the management of chronic patient, E-Health, Primary health care in Europe, New technologies in doctor-patient communication, etc. were held.

 

FFIS (Murcia, Spain) submitted in this congress the communication type defense poster with the theme of “The incorporation of new technologies (ICTs) in chronic diseases"; Qualitative analysis for prioritizing implementation.

 

This communication briefly describes the main results of an research conducted by the consortium that integrates Readi for Health project, in this research was performed a qualitative analysis of prioritization of needs and barriers for the implementation of ICTs in the management of Chronic Disease and describe the opinion and experience of several stakeholders (81) in the healthcare sector involved in the development and implementation of information and communication technologies in the four European regions involved in the project.


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Wed

17

Jun

2015

READi for Health Project was presented during the EU - SPRI Helsinki 2015

READi for Health Project was presented during the EU – SPRI Helsinki 2015. The Conference took place on 10 - 12 June and more than  200 innovation policy researchers and experts participated in the conference.

 

The conference had over 120 highly interesting and timely presentations forming approximately 35 sessions.

 

Our partners in Oulu presented the READi for Health Project during the session 7E: Innovation collaboration to tackle societal challeges and promote development, under the title “Qualitative analysis for action prioritization for the implementation of innovative technologies in the health sector”.

 

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See the abstracts: here 

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Mon

08

Jun

2015

READi Project presented at the Smart City Seminar, 4-6- May 2015, Oulu – Finland

Our partner from Oulu had the opportunity to present the READi for Health project at the Smart City Seminar back in May, as part of a session on the future of broadband in Finland. 

 

As a forerunner Smart City, the City of Oulu has been able to use its competitive advantage to develop new innovations, businesses and services for the benefit of the whole society. Oulu’s citizens have been playing a central role in this development work.

 

The innovative approach and capability to react fast to these changes will secure Oulu’s role as one of the premier global technology cities of the future. The city has the long tradition of co-operation between education and research institutes, companies, public sector as well as enthusiastic and innovative individuals. In fact, where other cities talk about the Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP), Oulu prefers to use the term Public-Private-People-Partnerships (PPPP). 

 

The objective of the seminar was to promote Smart City development by:

•    inspiring audiences through the ideas of keynote speakers

•    sharing best practices and lessons learnt

•    participating in workshops on current opportunities and challenges

•    networking and promoting cross-disciplinary discussions

•    developing better Smart City initiatives

 

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Learn more about the Smart City Seminar here

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