As part of the next long-term EU budget – the Multiannual Financial Framework – the Commission has proposed the Digital Europe programme, the EU’s programme focused on building the strategic digital capacities of the EU and on facilitating the wide deployment of digital technologies, to be used by Europe’s citizens and businesses. With a planned overall budget of €9.2 billion, it will shape and support the digital transformation of Europe’s society and economy.
When you hear the word ‘quantum’, you may imagine physicists working on a new ground breaking theory. Or perhaps you’ve read about quantum computers and how they might change the world. But one lesser-known field is also starting to reap the benefits of the quantum realm – medicine.
The Human Brain Project is featured in the “How the digital revolution is transforming EU-funded brain research” brochure published by CORDIS, the service disseminating the results of projects funded by the EU’s framework programmes for research and innovation.
Gnomon Informatics, a Thessaloniki based SME, is rolling out interoperable e-health management solutions across Europe. The openDECIPHER solution, that it developed during the EU funded DECIPHER pre-commercial procurement, has paved the way for the company to win eHealth deployment contracts in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Luxembourg, Greece, Belgium and Switzerland. Further extensions, e.g. for diabetes and chronic pain management, are currently also under testing by Turkish, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese health procurers.
According to a new study, eHealth adoption in primary healthcare in the EU has increased from 2013 to 2018, but there are large differences between the countries surveyed. Compared to 2013, the group of General Practitioners (GPs) who are enthusiastic about eHealth has doubled.
The European Union-African Union Digital Economy Task Force (EU-AU DETF) provides a platform of partnership for the private sector, donors, international organisations, financial institutions and civil society based on a shared understanding of how an already fast evolving African digital transformation can achieve cross-border integration, and bring benefits to all citizens. During 6 months, the EU-AU DETF developed a shared vision, a set of common agreed principles and a list of policy recommendations and actions focusing on four main objectives.
On 14 June 2019, Norway joined the EU Member States driven initiative on linking genomic databases across borders, becoming the 21st country to join this cooperation mechanism.
EU patients still face challenges in benefiting from the actions envisaged by the EU directive on cross-border healthcare, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. Only a minority of potential patients are aware of their rights to seek medical care abroad. At the same time, the auditors also found problems and delays in exchanging patient health data electronically between Member States. Moreover, actions to facilitate access to healthcare for rare disease patients need to be improved.
83 projects in the areas of Cyber Security, eHealth, eProcurement, Online Dispute Resolution, e-Justice and Public Open Data have been selected to receive co-funding by the European Union. The funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme in the telecommunications sector. The successful projects include participation of entities from all EU Member States and Switzerland.