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Belgium-Netherlands, France, Germany, InnoStars, Ireland-UK, Scandinavia, Spain, Education, 2017

EIT Health online Ideation Challenge on personal health

15th July 2019

All are invited to join in a cooperative educational experience

The EIT Health Online Ideation Challenge, created by CDTM (TUM) aims to bring like-minded students, professionals and citizens from Europe and all around the globe together. The participants profit from an intercultural and interdisciplinary setting in order to drive health innovation and challenge their ideas to bring them to the next level.

Personal health can be best understood as health-related quality of life. In this EIT Health Personal Health Challenge, we work together to find methods for changing behaviors related to diet and nutrition and physical activity, and to demonstrate to the world how it is possible to improve the personal health of individuals across various demographics and around the globe. By meeting this challenge, we can help to reduce the risk factors, ensure better methodologies to test and diagnose, help people managing chronic diseases, it offers alternative medicines, etc.

Just one in 20 people worldwide have no health problems in 2017, with a third of the world’s population experiencing more than five ailments, more and more of them are becoming chronic. The major risk factors for chronic diseases are known, simple, and straightforward. They are high blood pressure, tobacco use, high cholesterol, and overweight/obesity. However, eliminating them— even reducing them—can be incredibly complex. Why? Because eliminating these risk factors means changing human behavior, and sustaining that behavior change more or less for life. Global trends like the demographic transition result in a high number of elderly patients with diabetes and comorbid conditions who are dependent on time and cost-intensive care.

On the other side, we see societal trends like the democratization of knowledge offer open access of information to offer preventive care possible via health literacy and healthy lifestyle. As an economic trend, we see growing health markets ready to adopt technology trends (e.g. telehealth and smart devices). Furthermore, from a legal and political perspective, internationalized health standards make international collaboration possible.

Everyone interested in this topic is urged to find out more and register here.

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