eHealth: Focus on innovation for active and healthy ageing

  • Date: 14/10/21
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On September 22, the EU4Digital eHealth stream organised a virtual event on eHealth innovation for active and healthy ageing – Good practices and international collaboration. This is the fourth virtual event in a series of planned eHealth collaboration events for this year. The aim of this event was to bring eHealth Network members together from the six Eastern partner countries, introducing them to opportunities for international collaboration and established good practices. 

In the first part of the event, the EU4Digital eHealth team shared with the Network the outline of upcoming eHealth events in 2021 (eHealth strategy development and eHealth harmonisation guideline implementation progress tracking). This discussion was followed by the EU4Digital eHealth team presenting highlights on major achievements in eHealth Network collaboration over the period of the EU4Digital project.

In the second part of the event, a guest speaker from Estonia – Piret Hirv, Head of Health Technology Division and Connected Health Cluster Manager – gave the Network an introduction on the Innovation Networks for Active and Healthy Ageing (IN-4-AHA ) consortium that currently promotes active and healthy ageing through international collaboration. The speaker covered the aims, activities, and impact of IN-4-AHA and its strong support to the innovation scale-up.

In the third part of the event, a guest speaker form Italy – Dr. Simonetta Scalvini, Head of the Rehabilitation Cardiology Unit and Head of the Continuity Care Unit of the Territory Hospital – spoke to the Network about telemedicine as a tool for real life integrated care in chronic patients. The speaker has familiarised the Network with research-based results of digital health solutions including remote healthcare provision via telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

Finally, a group of quest speakers from Scotland – Donna Henderson, Head of International Engagement, President of EHTEL, Marc Beswick, National Lead at Near Me Network Scottish Government, and Rosemary Cooper, National Improvement Lead at Near Me Network, Scottish Government –talked about Near Me – a video consultation service. The speakers covered all aspects of Near Me, from where to start with the practice, to staff training, impact on citizens and lessons learned. The event was closed with several positive remarks from the Network, sharing their views on innovation practices in eHealth across the EaP region.

Find out more

IN4AHA – Empowering the innovation for active and healthy ageing, contact info:

Near Me Video Consultation to support Good Practice, contact info:

Digital Health Interventions for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (link to the publication):