Smart Health/ Personalised Medicine

About the Pilot

Personalised Medicine (PM) is strongly technological driven and will induce a transformation of how health and well-being are approached, and medicine is being implemented The convergence of knowledge on what determines health and disease or how the process of ageing is determined, with digital technologies and access to data opens a huge potential to develop new applications to improve general health secure the sustainability of our healthcare systems.
PM developments are impacting virtually all domains of modern medicine. Approaches building on the latest insights on the biological functioning of single cells is currently among the most promising areas. One of the key factors for the successful implementation of PM is the availability of standardised, accessible, processed data, which also enables the re-use of publicly available data for exploring multidisciplinary research goals. Next to access to and gathering data, the availability of a highly qualified biomedical and healthcare workforce to generate, analyze and process PM data to translate data into new products and applications is an essential requirement.

Activities & Long Term Goals

The pilot aims at realising the potential of personalised medicine as part of the S3 platforms on Industrial Modernisation. This pilot will bring the agenda to implement personalised medicine to the next level while transforming the connected European industrial value chains. The partner regions already established solid ecosystems combining biomedical, technological and data-driven expertise. By bringing these ecosystems together, a higher added value will be reached and boost the implementation of personalised medicine; it will realise an innovative approach for health and care in Europe.

The pilot is active in the four phases of the methodology. After the initial scoping, the network has been established as a learning- and co-creation community, which exchanges knowledge on a regular basis by organising tailormade workshops and connecting the different regional stakeholders in events or digital seminars. This connection is based on the quadruple helix; involving stakeholders from research & innovation, businesses and field labs, regional and local governments, hospitals and healthcare centers as well as clients and citizens. Demo-cases will be brought forth by partner regions. After an initial presentation of the demo-case proposal, complementary expertise will be assessed. A GAP- and SWOT-analysis will highlight the knowledge that needs to be added to the project and identify the pilot partners best suited to take up the role in question. The demonstration phase will entail the operation of large-scale interregional pilots based on the four objectives. This implementation in the regions will enable the last phase of commercialisation of new products and services by the private sector

Co-Leading Regions
East Netherlands
Pilot Contacts
Melissa Campagno

Innovation consultant, G.A.C group, primary contact person

Kathleen D'Hondt

Flanders region, Policy Analyst

Participating Regions
Autonomous Province of Bolzano / Bozen – South Tyrol
Autonomous Province of Trento / Trentino
East and North Finland
Nord-Est (RO)
Tampere Region
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Demo Cases

Vanguard Initiative’s Smart Health Pilot’s Local Stakeholders from across Europe meet at Plenary Event in Brussels

Last Friday, the Smart Health Pilot’s plenary event was held at the House of Dutch Provinces in Brussels, in presence of representatives from the pilot’s participating regions’ ecosystems, as well

cup, podium, trophy
The evaluation results of the SME Success Stories are out!

The Vanguard Initiative SME Success Stories evaluation results are finally out and we are proud to announce the winners of this new Vanguard support scheme.

Science Meets Regions: Successful workshop in North East Romania

There were two days full of energy and enthusiasm, June 9-10, 2022, in which representatives of public authorities, hospital managers, doctors, university professors, and

Smart Health Pilot Info day

On Tuesday 28 June from 09:00 to 10:30 the Vanguard Initiative Smart Health Pilot is hosting an Info Day Webinar to provide an opportunity to EU regions interested in joining the

Science meets regions - Final Event

Please download the presentations shared during the event at the top right.

Science meets regions - Lower Austria

Please find here the presentations shared during the event.

Smart Health Scoping note

Please find here the Pilot Scoping note.

Science meets regions - North East Romania

You can download all the presentations shared during the event at the top right of this page.

Smart Health Pilot Info day

On Tuesday 28 June from 09:00 to 10:30 the Vanguard Initiative Smart Health Pilot is hosting an Info Day Webinar to provide an opportunity to EU regions interested in joining the

Smart Health Pilot - SAPHIRe

Save the date for the VI Smart Health Pilot event which will take place on 26 April 2022 from 14:00 to 17:00 at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels.

EWRC: Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Interregional Value Chains to spur the Digital transition

Vanguard Initiative, jointly with the VI Regions East Netherlands, Asturias, Baden Württemberg, East and North Finland, Emilia Romagna, Scotland, Slovenia, and South Neth


The Consortium for Securing the Adoption of Personalised Health in Regions (SAPHIRe), aims to structure the application of personalised health at regional level which will drive the transition towards sustainable healthcare and personalised health. On the website you can find an observatory with regional policies related to personalised health.

Smart Health Kick-off meeting 14 April 2021