Accelerating Digital Transition in Health

This conference is the final event of the VI Innovation Networking Initiative on the Acceleration of the Digital Transition in Health, a series of 5 seminars organised by the VI regions Lower Austria, North East Romania, and East Netherlands following the JRC’s Innovation Camp methodology, to reflect on how to reduce the burden of traditional healthcare services and to assure the interoperability of medical data.

The main objective of this final event is to highlight the results and deliver the key takeaways from the regional conferences to feedback on administration processes that support the connection of digital and health activities at the regional level.

The panel discussion will focus on the European Health Data Space, which is highly relevant to the large-scale deployment of technology solutions in healthcare.
In the second part of the workshop, the discussion will outline the pivotal role of regions to support the development of strategic Industrial chains and why it is paramount to further interconnect regional innovation ecosystems, as well as to explore ideas on new cross-regional instruments to structurally support joint innovation projects to accelerate Europeans industry’s twin transition.

In this context,  the event will conclude on how the VI regions are collaborating with the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions through the Partnership for Regional Innovation.​​​​​​​

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Doors open and welcome coffee


Welcome by Ambassador Michael Stibbe, Deputy Permanent Representative (Coreper I) (TBC)


Welcome by Eddy van Hijum, Member of the Executive Council of the Province of Overijssel


Opening byJoost Hoebink, moderator

Part 1: Digital health

The acceleration of the digital transition in health

09:50                                                                                                             10:30

Panel session focusing on takeaways for further development from the regions:
Lower Austria, North East Romania, East Netherlands and Flanders as co-lead of the VI Smart Health Pilot

Paolo Martinez, FUTOUR - Mobile Future Center
The JRC’s Innovation Camp Methodology

Hugo van Haastert, European Commission DG SANTE, Digital Health
European Health Data Space proposal, followed by Q&A


Krijn de Veer, Health attaché Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU
European Health Data Space - The perspective from the Member States


Coffee Break

Part 2: Industrial value chains

Strategic Industrial Value Chains of the EC and the connection with the regional dimension with a focus on Smart Health value chain.
How to strengthen Smart Health value chain?


Patrick Brenier, European Commission, DG Research, Adviser for European
Research Area (ERA) and Open science
The new EU Innovation Agenda from July 2022


 Xabier Goenaga Beldarrain, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Head of Unit Knowledge for Finance, Innovation and Growth
The methodological model Innovation Campproposed by the JRC &Pilot project Partnerships for Regional Innovation (PRI)


 Closing remarks

Part 3: Networking