Digital Health Europe – DHE

DHE supported the large-scale deployment of solutions for person-centred, integrated care and developed a multi-stakeholder community to advance the digital transformation of health and care.

DigitalHealthEurope-dhe_logo_transparent > Theme: Deploying digital health and care innovation

> Timeline: 01 January 2019 – 31 December 2020

> Key Words: #DigitalHealth #DigitalHealthEurope #DHEtwinnings 


Health Digital solutions are part of our reality; however, they are often only locally implemented and only function in one system (meaning they are not interoperable). In order to collect these digital innovations and support their scaling-up, the European Union has identified three key priorities to advance the Digital Single Market in the area of health and care:

  • citizens’ secure access to and sharing of health data across borders
  • better data to advance research, disease prevention and personalised health and care
  • digital tools for citizen empowerment and person-centred care.

One way of advancing this agenda is by connecting stakeholders and supporting the deployment of innovation in order to improve citizens’ experience of health and care, including older people.  



DigitalHealthEurope (DHE) provides comprehensive advice to support the Digital Health and Care Innovation Initiative, in the aforementioned three priorities. The project does so in two ways:

  1. DHE supports the large-scale deployment of solutions for person-centred and integrated care, which is critical to the quality of life of older people with care needs. The project identifies successful practices to be replicated across Europe, thanks to matchmaking and through a twinning support scheme. This will produce evidence that can guide further uptake and scaling up of innovation.
  2. DHE also develops multi-stakeholder communities, both at policy and expert level, in order to advance the digital transformation of health and care. Such communities will critically support the adoption of good policies in this area.


AGE involvement

AGE contributes transversally to the different tasks of the project, including:

  1. Supporting the collection of interesting practices
    AGE is responsible for collecting interesting practices of the AAL programme aligned with the objectives of DHE.
  2. Identifying the key factors that facilitate scaling up digital solutions
    AGE will contribute to identifying key factors that facilitate the uptake of innovation in digital health and care.
  3. Contributing to the digital platforms
    AGE is involved in the management of multistakeholder digital platforms.
  4. Dissemination
    AGE contributes to disseminating the call for twinnings, using our wide network and contacts gathered in other European projects, past and ongoing. We also contribute to disseminating ongoing activities and outcomes of the project.



Together with AGE, the DigitalHealthEurope consortium brings together the following organisations:

  • empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH 
  • Central European Initiative – Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES)
  • European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM)
  • European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance)
  • European Coordination Committee of the Radiological Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR)
  • European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL)
  • The European Institute for Health Records (EuroRec)
  • European Patient’s Forum (EPF)
  • European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)
  • The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal asbl
  • OpenEvidence
  • Reference Site Collaborative Network (RSCN)
  • Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde (SPMS)


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