This Webinar aims to present Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in the Health sector and Reference Sites of the EIP-AHA demonstrating their activities in relation to trustworthy digital solutions in support of local and regional health facilities, needs and challenges. The webinar is an opportunity to highlight the possibilities for collaboration and networking between those structures, given their common aim to enhance the deployment of digital technologies for better and more personalised health treatment and monitoring. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate their role in helping SMEs to bring their digital health tools and robotic-based solutions to public and private health and care facilities, also in the context of the ongoing crisis triggered by the spread of Coronavirus across the EU. The webinar will also give the opportunity to assess these organisations’ impact on the public domain and on the local and regional economy.
The Communication on Digital Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market identified three main priorities:
1. Citizens' secure access to their health data, also across borders
2. Personalised medicine through shared European data infrastructure
3. Citizen empowerment with digital tools for user feedback and person-centred care.
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) brings together government authorities, care professionals, industry and users across borders to scale-up and bridge the gap between seller and buyer, producer and user. The EIP-AHA has also set Reference Sites, which are regions, cities, integrated hospitals or care organisations working together with partners from industry, civil society, academia and government authorities, with the common aim to invest in innovation for active and healthy ageing and support the transfer and scaling-up of that innovation across the public and private health sector in Europe.
Since 2016, the Commission has funded Digital Innovation Hubs, also in the Health sector, which help companies improve their processes, products and services through the use of digital technologies. DIHs are one-stop shops that help companies become more competitive with regard to their business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies. They also provide innovation services, such as financing advice, training and skills development that are needed for a successful digital transformation. In the future Digital Europe Programme, European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs) will be funded in various sectors, including in Health. They will allow for a broad uptake of Artificial Intelligence, HPC and Cybersecurity, in both health industries (in particular SMEs and midcaps) and in public health administrations and authorities.