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EIP on AHA Newsletter, Issue Dec 2020

Spotlight on the highlights from the European Week of Active and Healthy Ageing 2020

EWAHA 2020 summary

The 1st edition of the European Week of Active and Healthy Ageing (EWAHA), took place between the 2nd and 6th November, online.

The week was attended by 800 people from across Europe, Canada, Taiwan, Australia and other countries, and it staged stimulating debates and exchanges with politicians, local and national administrators, practitioners, geriatrics and psychologists providing an exciting environment for exchange between different perspectives across a wide array of topics related to ageing.

The event brought the demographic change issues and opportunities under the spotlight and it was organised by the Active and Assisted Living programme (AAL), jointly with the EIP on AHA and the Joint Programming Initiative More Years Better Lives (MYBL). The week took inspiration from the WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing to shed light on four main priorities: the sustainability of health and care in an ageing Europe; the intergenerational policies; the promotion of a socio-economic case for an ageing society; and the role of technology for the improvement of the conditions of the older people and their carers.


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Results of the EIP on AHA Twinnings and Thematic Workshops

Check out all the results from the five twinnings and the thirteen thematic workshops that the EIP on AHA partners carried out in 2020, helping to stimulate the uptake of active and healthy ageing digital solutions and good practices in Europe.

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EIP on AHA Blueprint Persona use in Estonia

Estonia is currently undertaking a social service reform that is supported by a project funded by the Structural Reform Support Services of the European Commission. Within this project, new personas are created based on the Blueprint personas. These personas have been created to fit the project’s purpose and target specifically the most relevant patient groups and needs in Estonia.

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Getting the most out of using Blueprint personas

30 digital innovators gathered together on Thursday 10th December 2020 at an online workshop to explore how to use Blueprint personas. Read more about the report.

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Gathering evidence to scale-up your digital health initiative: MAFEIP

On Friday 11th December 2020, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and EHTEL co-organised a training workshop on the MAFEIP tool.

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Subscribe to DigitalHealthEurope to get the latest developments on the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market

EIP on AHA stakeholders are encouraged to engage in DigitalHealthEurope project, as its work is directly related to key areas of the EIP related to digital transformation and active and healthy ageing.

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The European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on Horizon Europe

The European Parliament and the Council has reached a political agreement on Horizon Europe, the largest transnational programme ever supporting research and innovation. The new EU research and innovation programme will have a budget of around €95.5 billion for 2021-2027 which makes it the most ambitious research and innovation programme in the world.

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Digital Europe programme – informal agreement with European Parliament

The negotiators of the Council and of the European Parliament struck a provisional deal on a new programme, Digital Europe, which will promote large-scale deployment of state-of-the art technology, such as artificial intelligence and the latest cybersecurity tools, to speed up the digital transformation of European societies and economies.

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Commission and Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU underline importance of the European Health Data Space

At the virtual High-Level Conference "Digital Health 2020 - EU on the Move", the Commission and Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU announced their intention to work closely together on a secure and patient-oriented use of health data for Europe, and EU-wide collaboration in this area, through a European Health Data Space for better healthcare, better research and better health policy making.

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Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe

The European Commission is taking the first steps towards building the European Health Union announced by President von der Leyen in her State of the Union address. The Commission is putting forward a set of proposals to strengthen the EU's health security framework, and to reinforce the crisis preparedness and response role of key EU agencies.

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Affordable, accessible and safe medicines for all: the Commission presents a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe

The Commission has adopted a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe to ensure patients have access to innovative and affordable medicines and to support the competitiveness, innovative capacity and sustainability of the EU's pharmaceutical industry. The Strategy will allow Europe to cover its pharmaceutical needs, including in times of crisis, through robust supply chains.

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Building societal resilience in 2021: The importance of health data

What could be more important that building societal resilience, especially in terms of what it means for people’s health and care? Isn’t health and care data vital to this task?

Funding opportunities

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EU funding available for public procurements of innovative solutions

The EU funding programme COSME provides EUR 5 million funding for transnational consortia with minimum 2 public buyers to implement public procurement of innovation solutions (PPI). The call is open to proposals that are interested to deploy innovative solutions for any domain of public sector activity (health, digital, climate, transport, education, energy etc.). The deadline for submission of proposals for the 1st and 2nd stage of the evaluation process is 19/01/2021 and 08/06/2021 respectively.

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AAL Call for proposals 2021: Advancing inclusive health and care solutions for ageing well in the new decade

The aim of the Call is to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects.
Three pillars of the Call:

  • inclusive health & care approach (health prevention, preservation of physical & mental health, social participation),
  • the stimulation and upscaling of innovation in active & healthy ageing through health & care eco-systems,
  • the accessibility of digital solutions to end users, e.g. through education for greater e-literacy.

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Short Survey on Blueprint Personas

Have you benefitted from the advantages of the Blueprint personas? Let us know about your experience by taking a couple of minutes to complete this very short survey, just 7 questions, about how and when you’ve used them. It will help us to ensure that the personas reach as many potential users as possible.


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Personalised Medicine - From Vision to Practice, 25-26th February 2021, Paris, France

This conference of the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed) aims to demonstrate how personalised medicine will lead to the next generation of healthcare by 2030.

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Berlin Demography Days, 22nd -24th March 2021

At the Berlin Demography Days 2021, you will have the opportunity to discuss current issues of German, European and global population developments with international experts from the policy arena, societal organisations and the world of research.

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European Week of Active and Healthy Ageing, 10-12th May, Trieste, Italy

This is a joint initiative of the AAL Programme, EIP on AHA & JPI MYBL whose overall objective is to foster a more comprehensive European vision on active and healthy ageing while bringing forward the contributions of AAL, EIP on AHA and JPI MYBL for a continued R&D agenda on active & healthy ageing.

EIP ON AHA This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No 769705

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