Cluster 1 Health of Horizon Europe has the primary objective of improving and preserving the health and well-being of citizens of all ages. This objective is achieved through the generation of new knowledge, the development of innovative solutions and healthcare technologies, as well as the integration of a gender perspective in the prevention, monitoring, and treatment of disorders and diseases. Additionally, the cluster contributes to the mitigation of health risks and the improvement of health and well-being in the workplace.
Investments in research and innovation aim to ensure inclusive, high-quality, and economically accessible healthcare for European citizens. Furthermore, the goal is to achieve greater autonomy of the Union in essential medical supplies and digital technologies.
What are the objectives of Cluster 1?
A fundamental aspect is to fully leverage the potential of research and innovation activities to develop digitized healthcare systems and promote a competitive and secure data economy. The objective is to create the European space for health data and implement the community electronic health record.
The strategic plan 2021-24 of the health cluster focuses on four impact areas: ensuring good health and accessible high-quality healthcare, promoting a resilient European Union prepared against emerging threats, providing high-quality digital services for all, and developing a competitive and secure data economy.
The activities of the health cluster are directly linked to two Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations: SDG 3 (Good health and well-being for all) and SDG 13 (Climate action).
The future challenges of Digital healthcare
Digital health is revolutionizing the world of healthcare by improving accessibility and the quality of medical care and promoting greater patient involvement in managing their own health.
Horizon Europe, the European Union’s framework program for research and innovation, offers a great opportunity for companies in the digital health sector that want to access funding to develop innovative solutions.
Digital health offers multiple benefits for both patients and healthcare providers. For example, digital technologies can improve the efficiency and quality of medical care, facilitate access to healthcare services, and reduce overall healthcare costs.
Patients can benefit from greater autonomy in managing their health using digital tools for health monitoring, therapy management, and communication with healthcare providers.
Despite the advantages of digital health, there are also several challenges to address. For instance, it is important to ensure the privacy and security of patient data, avoiding potential breaches that could undermine trust in the use of digital technologies.
Furthermore, it is important to ensure that digital solutions are accessible and usable for all patients, regardless of their cognitive or physical abilities.
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