October 22, 2020
Searching for outbreaks. The long and sometimes muddled tradition of predicting outbreak hot spots by analyzing search engine activity has continued into the COVID-19 era, with Mayo Clinic researchers publishing new findings that suggest strong correlations between certain keywords and case reports. In reviewing data from Jan. 22 to April 6, "face mask," "Lysol" and "COVID stimulus check" had the...
August 4, 2020
Leaders from across the health sector released a joint statement underlining the potential of the recently-published draft proposal for a European Partnership for Health Innovation, or Innovative Health Initiative (IHI), released by the European Commission.
The statement – which accounts for COCIR, EFPIA, EuropaBio, MedTech Europe and Vaccines Europe, all partners in the initiative – acknowledge...
April 15, 2020
The European Commission has adopted a recommendation to support exit strategies with a standardised approach to mobile data usage and apps development as some member states begin a slow relaxation of measures implemented in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Digital tools are central to the recommendation, which is based on the adoption of a toolbox currently on schedule to be...
August 15, 2019
German startup secures funding. Berlin-based digital health startup mika has landed a seven-figure financing deal from venture capital firm Ananda Impact Ventures and VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, managed by the IBB investment company. The exact sum was not disclosed to the media.
The startup, founded in 2017 by Dr Gandolf Finke and Dr Jan Simon Raue, has developed an app to support cancer...
May 14, 2019
Governments, industry and regulators worldwide are trying to make the pharmaceutical supply chain more bullet-proof and the use of blockchain based track and trace technology has been hailed as a possible solution. Blockchain is an electronic cryptographic ledger which creates an immutable record of all events throughout the supply chain, allowing digital information to be distributed without...
October 16, 2018
The Netherlands has announced that it will be taking part in an initiative launched by the European Commission in April to deliver cross-border access to genomic information, joining 17 other EU member states that have pledged their commitment to collaborate by signing the declaration to make one million sequenced genomes accessible in the EU by 2022.
The European Commission said the project...
October 5, 2018
Cybersecurity: European Commission kicks off CyberSecMonth
The European Commission has started its annual campaign to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats and offer guidance for citizens and organisations, led by the EU’s Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the DG Connect and other partners.
The first week has focused on “basic cyber hygiene”, and the European Commission...
October 2, 2018
Croatia has become the latest EU member state to sign a declaration driving efforts to link up access to existing and future genomic databases across the EU and make at least one million sequenced genomes accessible by 2022, joining 16 other countries that have committed to collaborate.
Unveiled in April, the initiative, described as a "game changer for European health research and clinical...
June 2, 2016
A team of European researchers, supported by the European Commission and Siemens, is developing a smart walker that will bring sensor and tablet technology to bear helping improve mobility in older adults. The "FriWalk" (short for Friendly Robot Walker) includes cameras and sensors for detailed gait analysis, a heart rate sensor, and a tablet interface that can provide activity coaching and...
January 26, 2016
The European Commission has formed a working group that will create guidelines to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of health app data. The group’s first meeting will be in March.
This initiative, the European Commission explained, is a follow up to a consultation announced in April 2014 that asked digital health companies and others for help in identifying ways to encourage and regulate...