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Scottish Enterprise joins EU partners to map the future of digital health

Scottish Enterprise has joined partners across Europe to map the continent’s digital health and care landscape alongside emerging trends and opportunities.

Scotland’s national economic development agency has partnered with the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), Panon Business Network (Hungary) and Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (Finland), forming a consortium of the project CONNECTINGHEALTH which launched on 15th of June. Cluster Saúde de Galicia (Spain) and Eurasanté (France) are also associated partners of the project.

The main goal of the project is to foster interconnected, inclusive innovation ecosystems across Europe and to maximise the value of innovation in the sector of digital health.

The project will enable Scottish Enterprise to deepen its links across Europe in the domain of digital health, a key area of focus for the Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group and the agency’s own Health for Wealth National Programme.

CONNECTINGHEALTH is a ‘preparatory action’ that will result in the development of a joint long-term action plan and may lead to funding being secured by the EU and UK Governments that would directly support R&D collaboration between Scottish and European businesses.

Over the course of the two years of the project, coordinated by ECHAlliance, the partners will host multi-stakeholder workshops and engage with stakeholders across Europe to produce useful outputs for those seeking to understand Europe’s evolving global digital health ecosystem, help to explore the current and future opportunities for growth of the digital health sector, and its competitiveness.

These activities will be complemented by the exploration of the three focus areas: “Health for Wealth”, “From traditional to digital health”, “Supporting stakeholders and the extensive landscape mapping” to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are engaged and all relevant opportunities are defined. Based on that, the multi-year programme of activities will be co-developed and validated with representatives from governments, industry, academia and society.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Desmond Mansfield, at Scottish Enterprise and working on delivering the Health for Wealth national programme.