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“The objective of the compendium series of innovative medical devices, assistive devices and eHealth solutions is to provide a neutral platform for technologies which are likely to be suitable for use in less resourced settings.

INNOVAHEALTH is a project was funded under EU grant HEALTH-F1-2011-282558 under the sponsorship of the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union. The resultant document is a guide comprising relevant information about the main constraints and best practices in the field of Healthcare in Europe.

The objective of Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook 2013 is to create a manifesto and platform for sustain­able growth enabled through Innovation 2.0. The main goal is to build towards a collective vision/ambi­tion and leverage the collaborative intelligence and muscle to create a virtuous circle of sustainable growth which enables new services, sustainability, improved quality of life and new jobs.

Creating a Culture of Innovation is the title of an online toolkit that provide practical tools and approaches for application during the whole innovation process, which includes: idea generation, project development and delivery.

The State of the Innovation Union track stock (2010-2014) collect all the innovation iniciatives during these four years and how they contribute to the growing of EU. Besides, it remarks the importance of the Union support for R&I and points out the objectives on scientific excellence, industrial lidership and societal challenges for Horizon 2020 Program.

"Open Innovation: Beyond the traditional innovation" is the title of a report launched by the OBEA research Group in the University of Mondragon. The report highlighted the inadequacy of the traditional system of innovation focused on the product to maintain the competitiveness of organizations in today's ecosystem. This information is also valid for the Health Sectors and Ecosystems. 

Full Report accessible here

This unique Directory contained facts about 200 smartphone health apps capable of helping patients self-manage their medical conditions. App's are displayed by Health Categories and by Languaje Availability.

The Global Innovation Forum on Active and Healthy Ageing was held on December 5th, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. The European Commission together with the Government of Japan (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, MIC) organized the Global Cooperation event that was dedicated to discussing strategies to strengthen international collaboration on innovation for active and healthy ageing and the global Silver economy. It was built on the conclusions of the G7 ICT ministers meeting in April 2016 in Japan and ongoing cooperation of the EU with the UN, WHO, OECD and G7 countries. 

The Office of Standards and Interoperability has released a new update version 2.0.2 wifis. The objective of the WiFIS project is to standardize and integrate all processes among health institutions, so that they can be connected to each other using a central platform, avoiding the network of point-to-point connections that complicates and makes more expensive the interconnection between centers.

The report “Mobile Health (mHealth) Technologies: Global Market Prospects - Featuring Expert Panel Views from Industry Survey 2017” provides a comprehensive analysis of the mHealth la

A special ‘European file’ edition focusing on Telemedicine was published under the leadership of Gerard Comyn, Vice-President CATEL, and former Head of Unit ‘ICT for Health’, DG INFSO, European Commission. The Telemedicine Toolkit developed by COCIR is a reference guide to telemedicine. It contains a position paper, a glossary of terms and a database of referenced studies on the effectiveness of telemedicine solutions.


A widespread deployment of Telemedicine Services in Europe was launched last March, a report rewarded by EU eHealth Stakeholder Group.
The report reflects the knowledge provided by a network of healthcare actors/stake-holders who are also geographically spread across Europe.

The Center for Technology and Aging ( supports more rapid adoption and diffusion of technologies that enhance independence and improve home and community-based care for older adults. Even established in Canada, it is a referent in what concerns with research on ageing and supportive technologies. The Centre has disseminated this Position Paper in 2010, establishing the bases for patient monitoring.

Currently , telemedicine is approached from two different perspectives , however mutually exclusive:

- Traditionally, telemedicine has been made possible by the digitization of signals and data.

- The most recent one, is linked with the development of mobile devices , with better performance, more ergonomic and more usable.

eHealth innovation is a project funded by the FP7 programme whose main goal is the research and promotion of knowledge regarding barriers and facilitators of Scaling up eHealth facilitated personalised health services.

Find here a shortcut for the workshop reports, that you can also find in the project website: Reports - Workshops -

The report is part of an annual research program - “mHealth App Developer Economics” which has been run for the fifth time in 2015. This year more than 5,000 mHealth app publishers have shared their views on the current status of their work and how the mHealth app market will evolve in the next years.

The report presents:

Patient Empowerment and User Experience in eHealth Services: An experience from the northern Europe

This white paper report the analysis of the views of 1,130 patient and carer groups on health apps. According to the study experts, the use of health apps has not yet moved into mainstream medicine and public health programmes aimed at disease prevention - "despite the huge and obvious potential of health apps to support patient self-care and reduce the drain on healthcare systems".

"What have the best brains of Europe come up with to improve health and wellbeing with the help of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)? This report offers an overview of the most current (on-going or recently finished) European funded projects in the field of ICT for health and wellbeing ('eHealth')."

Head of Unit ICT for Health and Wellbeing, DG Connect 

The first Workshop of the e-Resater Knowledge Network was held in Oviedo, 24th May of 2013, with the participation of more than 80 health professionals, professionals from technological and territorial development entities.

The general purpose of the RESATER European network, and the recent project e-Resater is to contribute to foster the development of the rural areas, maintaining and further developing an adapted, innovative and evolutionary health and social-health care offer through a wider uptake of e-health, telemedicine and tele-care services. To this end, the RESATER Network, that actually is named e-RESATER Network operates through federated local networks, in order to guarantee an equitable access of the citizens and bring a qualified answer to the needs of patients.

The second Workshop of the e-Resater Knowledge Network held in Zamora (April of 2014) was attended by 80 professionals from the health, social, research, development and business fields, representatives of private and public entities, mainly from the Region of Castilla y León (Spain).

The 12th June took place at Barbastro (Huesca) the third meeting of the e-RESATER Knowledge network. This meeting was a workshop focused on Integrated (Social and Health) care for chronic patients.

You can download the minutes of this meeting in these pages and you can also look for additional information (slides, pictures) at the SALUD - Barbastro Healthcare Sector website through the link: 

E-RESATER Workshop

Access here the programme and the different presentations provided by the Speakers of the 2nd workshop of the eRESATER Knowledge Network, specialists in the field of “Innovation and Technologies for Integrated Mental Healthcare”.

Access here the programme and the different presentations provided by the Speakers of the Final Seminar of the eRESATER Knowledge Network.


The "e-RESATER Final Evaluation Report" to summarize and provide an assessment of the activities carried out in the context of the e-RESATER project is now available in VITLAB.

e-RESATER is a project belonging to the INTERREG IV B program. The project has run for 30 months (since January 2013 to June 2015).

Is not new the central concept of VITLAB but the methodologies and forms for strenghtening networks and agents collaboration on a specific topic through an approach oriented and stimulating open innovation (Virtual Lab for Health and Life) are!

The EU-funded Antilope project published recently (12/03/2014) a request for proposals (RFP) for developing testing tools that further enhance testing for the profiles and standards needed to implement the use cases identified in the European eHealth Interoperability Framework (eEIF).

The Commission is launching a public consultation on the Green Paper on mobile health, inviting comments on the barriers and issues related to the use of mHealth. Your input will help identify the right way forward to unlock the potential of mobile health in the EU.

FIWARE Accelerator programme, where the European Commission has allocated 80 million Euros to foster innovation and businesses on the Internet of the Future. 16 different accelerator projects in different thematic areas from smart cities to media, learning to agrifood, were launched in September 2014 during ECFI-2event in Munich, helping entrepreneurs capture opportunities coming from a new wave of digitization in multiple sectors.

FIWARE, the online platform that allows entrepreneurs to easily develop their businesses and services, and connect to potential users and potential customers. FIWARE creates, at different levels, a whole ecosystem to foster innovations and digital solutions. View more about the FIWARE concept and value in the follow video:

The Spanish Technological Platform for Health and Active and Independent Living (eVIA) is a network of multiple organizations (mainly industry but there are also final users) focus on health and social technologies. eVIA covers three major areas: health, welfare and social cohesion.

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a public-private partnership between the European Union (represented by the European Commission) and the European pharmaceutical industry (represented by the pharmaceutical industry association EFPIA). IMI is working to improve health by speeding up the development of, and patient access to, innovative medicines, particularly in areas where there is an unmet medical or social need.

My Health Apps Network is calling for citizen participation on an online survey that gives the opportunity to suggest a health app for inclusion VITLAB is supporting this initiative disseminating the opportunity by its members and visitors.

Participants in the this 5 minuts survey could be:

Join your colleagues from around the world to hear about and to see current telemedicine, telehealth and m/eHealth developments and to discuss collaboration opportunities at the 2017 edition of the Med-e-Tel conference, one of the annual events of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth.

BYOD & Healthcare Since the release of Apple’s first iPhone in 2007, consumer smartphone adoption has been a driving force in overall acceptance of smart devices in vertical markets like healthcare. As individuals bring their personal smartphone to work, it’s increasing clear these smart devices are being used for work-related tasks. A Cisco Partner survey conducted in March 2013 shows convincingly that when healthcare workers were asked “Do you use your smartphone for work purposes?”, 88.6% of respondents said yes.

The Silver Economy Awards is a new initiative to reward ICT-based innovative solutions that improve the lives of European seniors and support the growth of the European Silver Economy. If you offer such a solution and you represent a public authority, non-for-profit or for profit organisation, you can apply until 15 November 2017.

 This brief article comment the approach to the field of the telemedicine in the European Policy.

“The aim of this special edition of "The European Files" is to help take stock of the development of telemedicine, in all its diverse forms, and in a range of different environments. It is a collection of accounts and analyses by political and industrial decision-makers, patients and professional healthcare representatives, who seem to be best-placed to communicate messages that are both brief and easily understandable to all audiences.

The second eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 operates in the context of Article 14 of Directive 2011/24 on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. It focuses on the following: Supporting research, development and innovation; Promoting international cooperation; Achieving wider interoperability of e-health services; Ensuring wider deployment & facilitating uptake.

Health apps: where do they make sense? White paper: Health apps from the perspectives of patients, standards and policies. Based on a seminar held at the King’s Fund, London, 28 October 2013 Published March 2014

The European Commission's eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 provides a roadmap to empower patients and healthcare workers, to link up devices and technologies, and to invest in research towards the personalised medicine of the future.

Access in the pdf-document below an overview of the most current (on-going or recently finished) European funded projects in the field of ICT for health and wellbeing ('eHealth').

Taking a holistic approach, this report examines a number of obstacles experienced by various categories of people whose participation in eHealth is either not guaranteed or who require special attention if solutions are to be implemented in a fair, inclusive way. The report takes into account the needs of both those who provide and/or manage health and social services, and the individuals who receive them. The report also suggests seven relevant recommendations.

Involving older users in the planning and development of innovative approaches is essential when developing new goods and/or services. Transforming users into partners ensures relevance and adequacy of new approaches and will help them to be implemented and adapted to different contexts.

The consultancy firm EY has prepared a guide and a toolkit to support Member States use structural funds more efficiently for health. An online platform has been launched to provide these tools to relevant stakeholders.

The European Commission organised the conference 'Innovative Financing Opportunities for Active & Healthy Ageing' on the 3rd June 2015.

 'eHealth' is a recently-coined term for the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in health, and refers to an interdisciplinary field with multiple uses. It aims to improve the quality of healthcare and make health systems more efficient and effective.

Life expectancy now exceeds 80 years in most EU countries reveals "Health at a Glance: Europe 2016", a European Commission/OECD joint report, published on 23 November 2016. However, this record-high life expectancy is not always matched by healthy life years. Around 50 million people in the EU suffer from several chronic diseases, and more than half a million people of working age die from them every year, representing an annual cost of some 115 billion EUR for EU economies.

EMC asked IDC Health Insights to analyze the future of information sharing in the health sector.

The goal was to better understand the business drivers influencing IT investments in hospitals, regional and national government healthcare entities.

This eBook provides an overview of the findings, showing the commonalities and differences of how the integrated care delivery model is being adopted in Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa find short, medium and long-term strategies to enable integrated care.

To break through the plateau in Adoption and benefit realisation in Digital Health, clinicians must lead a service-design approach for the development of solution platforms which truly empower people in health and care delivery across the health and social care system.

This study seeks to identify the different requirements placed on healthcare providers wishing to either establish themselves in another European Member State (MS), or provide cross-border services in one MS whilst being established in another. The focus of the study was on cross-border General Practitioners (GPs) (including provision of online consultations and ePrescriptions), physiotherapists, medical laboratories, and hospitals setting up subsidiaries across borders.