The DISCOVERY workshop was held as a side event of the International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics – BHI 2017. The goal of the workshop was to unveil transatlantic issues existing among European countries and North American countries, and to brainstorm potential opportunities and solutions for collaboration in research and innovation. The workshop provided Health and Big Data experts the opportunity to discuss new developments in healthcare technology and data security while connecting with leaders from Europe and the US in this field.
In this workshop, the DISCOVERY team established connections with different US funding agencies that attended our workshop in Orlando. More specifically NIH and NSF, in particular Wendy Nilsen, Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health Program in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering. These funding agencies are interested in international cooperation and were open to prepare a program for cooperation with Europe. DISCOVERY will ignite and diffuse cooperation in eHealth to build on best practices and ensure the best conditions for scaling-up examples of best practice effectively. DISCOVERY is in the position to facilitate further discussion between NSF and the EC in view of a joint future call in the area of ICT for Health.
As a result, DISCOVERY consortium includes organisations with pioneering outcomes in the area of e-Health able to create and execute a future joint call US-EU in the area of ICT for Health, due to the involvement of some of its members in expert committees, associations and professional organisations that are contributing to the definition of future research and innovation programmes both at a national and international levels. This concludes a strong support to future joint call between the US and Europe in ICT for health.