March 17, 2021
A service allowing national apps to talk to each other has been set up by the European Commission, allowing users to receive a warning if they were in contact with someone who has indicated that they have tested positive for COVID-19.
Adopted by the majority of the Member States, the service works according to a “decentralised” system where the calculations happen in the user’s app. In...
February 17, 2021
The GAIA-X initiative has designed a technical architecture that ensures trustworthy data exchange in Europe and forms the basis for a comprehensive data ecosystem.
With 300 organisations from various countries involved, the project has gained support from German and French governments, and has links to the European Commission.
Science institutions and representatives of the Federal Government...
December 17, 2020
Following months of regulatory investigation, the European Commission has officially signed off on Google's $2.1 billion purchase of health-wearable-maker Fitbit. Still, the go-ahead is contingent on a handful of commitments from the tech company that focus on its competitive practices across advertising, digital health APIs and smart device interoperability.
"We can approve the proposed...
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...