The first meeting of European Knowledge Tree Group (EKTG) took place in Denmark in September 2010, followed up by a Symposium at the London School of Economics (LSE) later that year.
EKTG is based at LSE and comprises a widely drawn group including policy makers, designers and implementers, as well as leaders of large and small businesses, academics, third sector, central and local government, health professionals and users. The group shares a desire for fundamental change in the way ageing is perceived and eHealth is delivered. We have been regularly supported by INNOVATE UK and KTN.
Through our activity across the European Union, we have identified the need for better understanding and implementation of digital and eTechnology. We also appreciate the need to encourage cross sector working in health, care, housing, education, as well as the technology services and industry. We believe that the changing demography coupled with fast evolving mobile technologies creates a huge opportunity for innovation in delivering services in the community, especially to older and disabled people. We have had strong support for this from senior officials in Brussels and there is a growing commitment across Europe to rapid deployment of Digital Services. It is an important part of Europe’s strategy for an ageing population and for effective management of chronic conditions which the UK signed up to.
Although technologies have been extensively trialled and evaluated creating a substantial and growing evidence base, some EU Member States have yet to establish services nationally. eHealth has not reached educational courses or academic curricula to any great extent, especially in the UK. Many people in the associated workforce function without any formal qualifications or cover for legal and ethical matters.
eTechnology and eHealth is now ready to scale up, demanding active knowledge transfers and process-focused understanding.
Potential service and supply partners such as health commissioners, social care providers, retail channels and installers must understand each other’s concerns. Employers are often unaware of the extent of their responsibilities to employees working off-site. Further educational opportunities are needed.
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.
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 eTechnology and eHealth pilot projects
contributing to submissions related to eTechnology and eHealth on national and European level
promoting innovation and practical solutions in eTechnology and eHealth
helping to interlink universities, research institutes, companies, patient and senior citizen organisations to discuss and test eTechnology and eHealth solutions
attending EKTG events
sponsoring/raising funds for enable EKTG activities.