Dear EIT Health partners,
Last week’s EIT Health Summit involved far too many excellent presentations, discussions and important findings to cover sufficiently in this space. Please watch our website, the Connections intranet and our Social Media channels, for the Summit materials we will share, as well as information on follow-up activities.
One of the obvious overall conclusions I can make is that the creative energy and meaningful work to support promising innovation that we saw at the Summit was a natural continuation and culmination of the work EIT Health has been conducting all year. As we took time to review our progress, it was impressive to see how much we have undertaken and achieved. One particular theme that came up repeatedly was the need to involve patients – not only in their own care, but also in decisions about healthcare innovation. This was seen as the best way to get the full support needed to bring useful innovations to market.
It was encouraging to see the intelligent and devoted entrepreneurs who competed in the Business Plan Aggregator, engaged partners presenting their Innovation Projects in the poster session, and eager learners describing their experiences with EIT Health educational programmes. The enthusiasm of all the participants was an energizing force that will carry us through the coming months, as we prepare and begin our second year of activities.
At the Summit we also launched the Partner Map, the Living Labs & Test Bed Network as well as an Ideas Exchange tool on Connections. Please have a look.
Among the changes we can expect in the new year is the addition of a new Chief Financial Officer. Stefan Halvax resigned from that position, an interim solution is in place and an active search for candidates is underway.
On 19 December we will be publishing the documents for the Business Plan 2018 Call. We will keep you informed about it.