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2003-2004 Work Programme eHealth


To develop an intelligent environment that enables ubiquitous management of citizens' health status and to assist health professionals in coping with some major challenges, risk management and the integration into clinical practice of advances in health knowledge.

Focus is on

  • Research and development on key technologies such as biosensors and secure communication and their integration into wearable or implantable systems that provide citizens and their health professionals with ubiquitous management of health status. The expected outcomes include intelligent and communicating clothing and/or implants that interact and communicate securely when appropriate with other health systems and points-of-care.
  • Research on new reliable software tools supporting health professionals in taking promptly the best possible decision for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Specific focus will be given to research into user-friendly, fast and reliable tools providing access to heterogeneous health information sources, and also to new methods for decision support and risk analysis. The use of GRID technology and open source is encouraged where appropriate.
  • Networking of researchers in the areas of medical informatics, bioinformatics and neuroinformatics with the objectives of advancing health knowledge leading to a new generation of eHealth systems assisting in the individualisation of disease prevention, diagnoses and treatment.

Coordination will be maintained with other relevant FP6 thematic priorities , notably with thematic priority 1.

Proposals will describe how the work complements and enhances the effort in non-EU programmes (e.g. national programmes, EUREKA,.) and international cooperation initiatives . International, national and regional test infrastructure should also be incorporated where appropriate.

Projects should aim at enhancing European industrial competitiveness by building partnerships between advanced R&D laboratories from relevant sectors related to health and healthcare e.g. medical devices, eHealth, telecommunication, specialised software providers, infrastructure operators, equipment and service providers, and users. It is expected that the two first domains will be addressed by Integrated Projects and the third one by NoEs. Some STREPs are expected in all domains.

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