Together for healthy lives in Europe
Europe faces a turning point in health. Chronic diseases and growing multi-morbidity cause an estimated economic loss of €115bn per year. Combined with an ageing population, these challenges are placing huge pressures on health systems and enterprises across Europe. Across 2019, EIT Health has maximised on opportunities to transform healthcare for healthier citizens and a re-energised economy.
In 2019, EIT Health continued to work towards accomplishing our ultimate goal – to help European citizens live healthier, longer lives. Our key successes and achievements across 2019, include …
… supporting over 350 start-ups creating innovative healthcare solutions …
… training 6,176 graduates and professionals in healthcare innovation …
… launching eight products and services to market …
… reaching 17,893 patients who benefited from EIT Health-supported solutions ...
… influencing policy and decision-making through engagement with key stakeholders, our annual summit, and our thought leadership forum, Think Tank.
To achieve our ambition of transforming healthcare in Europe for healthier citizens, we have identified six of the most urgent healthcare challenges facing society in which we aim to effect change …
Working to extend care pathways to provide end-to-end care from before the onset of disease through to end-of-life support.
Bringing together innovators to harness new and better technologies that optimise healthcare delivery and treatment, and create a sustainable healthcare system that can support an ageing society.
Delivering prediction models for early diagnosis, enhancing treatment and informing how we can lead healthier lives by harnessing the wealth of healthcare data available across Europe.
Prioritising innovative solutions that support healthcare delivery in the home and away from the hospital, to ensure healthcare is more accessible for all European citizens while reducing pressure on hospital services.
Improving workplace health at every level through better education, improved personal awareness and helping to make healthy choices easier.
Changing lifestyle behaviours by creating the tools and incentives that help protect the health of European citizens, prevent early ageing, and reduce disease and disability.
Our tools, resources and programmes enable us to understand how health needs are changing and support the discovery, development and growth of life-changing health products, services and new businesses.
Within Accelerator, we work with entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to bring transformative products and services to market – attracting the attention of global investors, while nurturing world-class talent and employment opportunity.
Education is our portfolio of programmes equipping learners with the knowledge and skills they need to solve the healthcare needs of tomorrow.
Our Innovation projects strive to answer the biggest healthcare challenges facing Europe by connecting bold ideas to leading experts, who turn them into a commercially-viable product or service that can change the lives of people in Europe.
The EIT Health Think Tank is our thought leadership forum, which brings healthcare leaders together to prepare the ground for life-changing innovation and to identify the next opportunity for a step-change in delivery.
Innovation in healthcare relies on generating investments, securing ongoing funds to scale businesses up and out, as well as inspiring adoption of new technology through policy and decision-making processes. The EIT Health Accelerator supports this by catalysing growth at any stage of a business’ maturity to build a European health economy that continues to compete on the global stage.
In the first five months, we started to support four start-ups, with over €15 million invested.
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Learn more about the partnership and the benefits for start-ups and corporates in healthcare
Healthcare is undergoing a rapid transformation that will bring with it new professions, requiring new knowledge and skills. Education is our portfolio of programmes equipping learners with the knowledge and skills to solve our healthcare needs of tomorrow. We have programmes to suit every type of learner in healthcare: professionals, students, entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs, citizens and patients.
In total, 24 universities participated in our MSc or PHD programmes, resulting in 53 students graduating.
Learners developed their leadership and entrepreneurial skills and also created innovative solutions for challenges they had identified at their own institutions.
Read the latest updates on the programme and upcoming courses
One example, SensUs 2019 tasked teams to create a device to measure a rheumatism drug in the blood.
The programme included lifestyle assessments, testing innovative products and community initiatives.
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With healthcare organisations facing unprecedented challenges to improve care quality, increase efficiency and lower costs, innovation has never been more important. Our Innovation projects aim to connect world-class experts from business, research and education, to turn ideas into commercially-viable products or services that can change the lives of people in Europe.
Learn more about SeizeIT2 and the benefit it can bring to patients
For patients and their families, this mobile device offers greater freedom and increased quality of life.
In 2019, teams tackled one of two challenges: Digital Biomarkers and Brain and Mental Health.
In 2019, our thought-leadership forum, the EIT Health Think Tank, brought healthcare leaders together to advocate for the future needs of healthcare in Europe. Through this and other activities we engaged with relevant decision makers to continue to drive innovation in health.
Our thought leadership forum delved into the topic, “Optimising the Innovation Pathway: Future Proofing for Success”, in a series of Round Table events with healthcare experts, innovators and partners. The findings were published and shared with key policy decision-makers.
Our annual two-day Health Summit took place at the Palais Brogniart in Paris. With over 1,000 international participants, the summit explored how we define and understand real needs-based innovation and its role in people’s lives.
We joined forces with the European Patient’s Forum to launch the Data Saves Lives initiative to raise awareness of the importance of the value of health data and its responsible use.
In 2019 we launched Spotlight, our new creative communications series, in which we shine a light on our projects. These tell the story of what we do and the projects that could truly help to revolutionise healthcare in Europe.
To make sure we can achieve our ambitions and improve the health and lives of Europeans, we work hard to make EIT Health a financially sustainable organisation, working as transparently and efficiently as possible.
At the end of 2019, EIT Health’s funding was more than twice that secured in 2018 and comparable to that secured in total during the previous three years.
In 2020, we will continue to find new ways to develop effective solutions that improve the health and well-being of European citizens in line with EU and international healthcare priorities and our six focus areas.
Health education plays an important role in reducing the burden of age-related, non-communicable diseases. We’re planning 15 initiatives addressing the associated risk factors.
In 2020, we will develop more than 25 initiatives to tackle cancer, as well as other chronic diseases, such as age-related and neurodegenerative diseases.
To help overcome drug-related illness, we will run two initiatives centred around prevention of HIV/AIDS, and other infections associated with injecting drug use, such as tuberculosis and hepatitis.
For more information about what we have planned for 2020, read our BP2020 report.