In recent years, technological advances in medicine have altered the doctor-patient-relationship. With more health information available, the patient has evolved from being a passive receptor of medical treatment to an active, well-informed and responsible participant in the health care system. Additionally, the demographic change in our societies forces us to find new solutions to provide assistance to and ensure a good quality of life for patients and senior citizens.
Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and eHealth solutions can help to achieve this goal. For this reason, the European Knowledge Tree Group for eHealth (EKTG) was founded in 2010 with the aim to push for more research in these areas and to promote better practical implementation of such solutions in Europe.
The EKTG for eHealth brings together the knowledge and experience of some of the most active users and patients, technologists, academics, service providers from health and care, local and central government officials, and entrepreneurs, from Europe and around the world, to promote excellence and to enhance and support research, policy formation, education and entrepreneurship and other activities that advance and enrich eHealth in all its forms.
In 2017, we created a circle of International Ambassadors with the aim to create contact points on national level in the Member States and expand the EKTG’s European network, supporting research, policy formation, education, entrepreneurship and public engagement.
“Our vision with EKTG for eHealth is to create a society in which AAL systems and eHealth can bring relief and support to all patients and elderly people in our societies”, says Maggie Ellis, London School of Economics.
If you would like to participate in the EKTG’s activities, you can become a supporter and/or a contributor by:
supporting the collection of data and information on AAL and eHealth pilot projects
contributing to submissions related to AAL and eHealth on national and European level
promoting innovation and practical solutions in AAL and eHealth
helping to interlink universities, research institutes, companies, patient and senior citizen organisations to discuss and test AAL and eHealth solutions
attending EKTG events
sponsoring/raising funds for enable EKTG activities