On the afternoon of the 26 of April, the Smart Health Pilot organised its first physical plenary meeting at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels. This event was organised in the context of the Horizon 2020 SAPHIRe project which held its final conference on the afternoon of the 25 and morning of the 26 of April.
While the SAPHIRe conference gathered over 100 participants from the quadruple helix to discuss the policy actions needed for supporting the research, uptake and implementation of PM in EU regions, the VI Smart Health Pilot had a narrower focus and engaged with about 50 participants – ranging from regional health policymakers, representatives from hospitals, academia, genetic centres, primary healthcare providers, health cluster organisations, to patient organisations, SMEs, start-ups, large companies, and other stakeholders active in personalised medicine – to explore and discuss opportunities for implementing PM applications through the support and developments of demo cases.
The Smart Health Pilot event featured keynote speeches delivered by EU and regional research and innovation health policymakers and demo case presentations available here, and facilitated active discussions and exchange of ideas during three parallel breakout sessions focusing on:
This event was a great opportunity for the pilot to gain more visibility and attract interest from new EU regions. It was also a unique opportunity for creating new connections between pilot members and various actors from the quadruple helix who may represent potential partners in the future, and to obtain valuable insights on specific areas of future pilot developments, such as the use of smart technologies to optimise complex medical value chains.