Europe is facing four main healthcare challenges: (i) the rising and potentially unsustainable health and care costs, mainly due to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, to an ageing population requiring more diversified care and to increasing societal demands; (ii) the influence on health of external environmental factors including climate change; (iii) the risk to lose our ability to protect the populations against the threats of infectious diseases ; (iv) health inequalities and access to health and care. Europe must invest in research, technology and innovation to develop smart, scalable and sustainable solutions that will overcome those challenges. Europe must work with other global actors and must grasp every opportunity for leadership.
1. Call: Digital Transformation In Health And Care
There are 6 Forthcoming Topics under this Call.
This call aims at supporting the management of health and wellbeing while empowering the participation of citizens and facilitating the transformation of health and care services to more digitised, person-centred and community-based care models, thereby enabling better naccess to healthcare and the sustainability of health and care systems. It is relevant to the Commission priorities ‘A new boost for jobs, growth and investment’ and ‘A connected Digital Single Market’119, as well as to the European Cloud Initiative and the European Free Flow of Data Initiative. It will contribute to maximising the potential of the digital economy in the health and care sectors aiming at sustainable development to the benefit of society, environment and citizens. This call will address eHealth, mobile health (mHealth) and
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Active and Healthy Ageing.
2. Call: Better Health And Care, Economic Growth And Sustainable Health Systems
There are 11 forthcoming Topics under this Call.
This call will aim at reconciling better health and healthy ageing with the need to develop sustainable health and care systems and growth opportunities for the health and care related industries. The scope of the call may range from prevention, diagnosis, stratified approaches,
predictive toxicology, the development of novel and repurposed therapeutic approaches, including medical technologies and advanced therapies, cohorts and registries-based research, to integration of care and systemic digital solutions for health and ageing well. It aims to translate new knowledge into innovative applications and accelerate large-scale uptake and deployment in different health and care settings, making health and care systems and services more accessible, responsive and efficient in Europe and beyond. To this end, the inclusion of private companies and other innovators in the projects is encouraged. Research areas to be addressed under this priority will implement and provide the evidence base for global and EU policies mentioned as ‘policy drivers in the Introduction’. .
3. Call: Trusted Digital Solutions And Cybersecurity In Health And Care
There is 1 Forthcoming Topic under this Call.
This call aims at multidisciplinary technologies and solutions in health and care with a focus on cybersecurity to assure data privacy, security and protection of health and care infrastructures. It addresses the need for secure and user-driven ICT-based solutions in early
risk detection and interventions with big data approaches that enable aggregation of a variety of new and existing data sources such as medical records, registries, social platforms and other environmental, physiological and behavioural data, including data from large scale pilots on smart living environments. This call will contribute to the Focus Areas on ‘Digitising and transforming European industry and services’ and ‘Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union’.