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ENJECT Special COHEAT Session at ConTEL 2017

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Co-located with its annual Management Committee meeting, ENJECT participated in the 14th International Conference on Telecommunications in Zagreb, Croatia in June 2017.

The conference also hosted the second edition of the International Workshop on Connected Health Technologies (COHEAT 2017), organized as a Special Session within the program of ConTEL 2017 and dedicated to the dissemination of original contributions to new technology-enabled models of healthcare delivery. Focusing on the key feature of Connected Health’s potential to bring the patient into the management of their own care, through timely provision of relevant, health-related information and feedback, this event was organized in the framework of the COST Action TD1405 European Network for the Joint Evaluation of Connected Health Technologies (ENJECT).

This COHEAT session saw the presentation of four ENJECT authored papers and was led by our own Hrvoje Belani, who also organised ENJECT’s meeting and social activities for the duration of the MC’s stay in Zagreb.

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th November 2017

ENJECT on Connected Health

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To expand upon the definition of Connected Health as developed at ENJECT’s first management committee meeting over two years ago, the MC members present at a recent meeting  recorded a video further explaining Connected Health from their own unique personal expertise and insight into this multi-disciplinary approach to the management of health care.

Individual videos were also recorded and allowed the MC members to supplement their discussion in the Action overview video with additional knowledge and insight. These videos can be viewed via the following YouTube Channel link.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCta2lZ6tf_WFJOU0bCfH_MA/videos

Posted by Enject Editor on 9th November 2017

STSM Presentations in Paris

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As part of ENJECT’s Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) programme during Grant Period Two, a group of researchers presented the findings of a Case Report compiled in conjunction with their COST required Scientific Report and mission. Deemed to be a further benefit to the participant’s research and experience on the mission, the Action appealed for an additional Case Report drawing on the work already done during the STSM and in the Scientific Report. These Case Reports were then presented at a co-located Management Committee Meeting and Workshop held in February in Paris. Offering more detail on a certain aspect of each STSMs Scientific Report, it is hoped that these Case Reports will be compiled into a book and symposium of best case studies and delivered as part of ENJECT’s final Action activities.

Posted by Enject Editor on 11th September 2017

Conference Grants Offered to ITC* PhD Students and Early Career Investigators

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Encouraged by their success as a launching pad for researchers from less research-intensive countries, COST have initiated a new funding category which supports researchers from ITC Countries** with a fixed grant to attend Science and Technology related conferences. Any e-COST user (it’s easy to register) who is a PhD student or an Early Career Investigator (ECI) and is affiliated with an institution located in an ITC country participating in the Action can submit an application request for an ITC Conference Grant. Please see the official call below.
**The following countries are considered by COST to be Inclusiveness Target Countries:
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey
Start of Call Message
COST Action TD1405 ENJECT invites PhD Students and ECI Researchers from Participating ITC countries (listed above) to submit applications for the first call of Grant Period 3 for ITC Grant Funding which can occur up until 31 March 2018. Applications must be submitted at least 45 days before the conference start date to be eligible. 
 
The applicant must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student, postdoctoral fellow, or ECIs.
Purpose of the ITC Grants 
Conference Grants are aimed at supporting PhD students and ECI researchers from Participating ITC to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organised by the COST Action.
The following eligibility criteria applies:
1. Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students and ECI’s with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC.
2. The applicant must make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation / poster presentation / speech at the approved conference must be on the topic of the Action and must acknowledge COST (protocol will be distributed to candidates upon selection).
3. The participation of each applicant must be pre-approved by the Action MC. Attendance at European conferences is preferred. However, conferences held elsewhere can also be considered.
How to Apply
A complete e-COST profile (with institutional affiliation, education details, CV) is required for application purposes. This profile is easily created by visiting www.cost.eu and following the orange e-COST link in the banner at the top of the page.
Once the account is created, the applicant encodes a Conference Grant application by logging into e-COST and clicking on the ITC Conference Grants tab. The COST system will lead you through the steps and inform you of the required documentation to submit your application.
See link directly below for step-by-step applicant process:
Financial Support​
A Conference Grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the application by the delegated person(s).
Conference Grants do not necessarily cover all of the expenses related to participating in a given conference. A Conference Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected Grantee.
The calculation of the financial contribution for each Conference Grant must respect the following criteria:
Up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant;
Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.
Up to a maximum of EUR 500 can be claimed for the conference fees to be incurred by the selected Grantee.
In addition when meal and accommodation expenses are supported by the hosting institution as part of the provisions offered in their conference package, the amount for subsistence afforded to each eligible participant must be deducted from the Grant. Documentary evidence of the conference fee amount must be provided by the applicant and must be archived by the Grant Holder along with the relevant administrative documents.
Evaluation Criteria

·         PhD student and ECI Researcher status

·         Articulated benefit from attending the conference for which funding is requested with regards to personal development and contribution to ENJECT’s scientific mission

·         CV and educational details

Requirements of the ITC Grant Awardee
The Grantee has 30 calendar days from the end date of the Conference in question to submit a scientific report to the Action Chair (or Vice-Chair if the Action Chair is affiliated to the Grant Holder Institution) and the Action’s Grant Holder. Payment of the Grant is subject to the submitted scientific report being approved by the Action Chair (or
Vice-Chair if the Action Chair is affiliated to the Grant Holder Institution). Written approval of the submitted scientific report must be sent to the Grant Holder for archiving purposes.​
Posted by Enject Editor on 15th August 2017

Travel Grants Available for Connected Health Research

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COST Action TD 1405 ENJECT invites researchers from participating COST Countries to submit applications for the 1st Call of the Grant Period for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) Applications for missions occurring between 22nd September 2017​ and 26th March 2018.

Purpose of a STSM

STSMs are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing Researchers participating in a given COST Action to visit an Institution/Organisation in another Participating COST country/an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques and to gain access to specific data, instruments, and/or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations.

An overview of STSMs and their requirements can be found at the link below:

Overview of STSMs

Please see an outline of the application process at the following link:

Application Process

The following theme is applicable to applications for this round of STSMs.

Technology Needs and Constraints for Pervasive Connected Health

Following a period of intensive innovation in the area of Connected Health (CH) technology which has resulted in a range of scientific and commercial outputs, including standards, technologies, and best practices, the CH movement is now at a plateau stage where an understanding needs to be developed of how to address the lingering issues that continue to impede the progress of many initiatives from idea to market. These issues may range from technical (size, power consumption, lack of reliability) to algorithmic (diagnostic quality, robustness) and contextual (safety, security, lack of metrics) to workflow ones (user experience, evaluation quality) to business models (reimbursement, value inversion from sickness to wellness, payer/user divides).

The goal for our STSMs in the next phase of ENJECT is to develop an exhaustive list of current issues in CH, detailing their specifics and pointing out possible solutions as a starting point for discussion. This should be supported by testimonies of a full range of stakeholders (e.g. healthcare providers, patients, carers, and researchers in academia and industry). Of particular interest are examples of existing products which, for some reason, are not going to market, or examples of specific healthcare practices or treatments which are not yet possible because of concrete technological limitations. This work should enable us to construct a road-map for the next stage of development in CH by laying out the technical, commercial, and governance mechanisms that are needed for the continuing growth of CH.

Deadline for applications to be submitted: 8th September 2017

Notification of application outcome: 15th September 2017

Period of STSM: 22nd September 2017​ and 26th March 2018

All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the period specified above.

Please note that the application page has been integrated in e-COST allowing the future STSM applicants to create a complete e-COST profile at the same time as their STSM application. This will help the applicants to download their Grant Notification Letter as soon as the application is approved.

STSM applications can now be made by clicking on the following link:

https://e-services.cost.eu/STSM

If you have any questions relating to an STSM application, please contact STSM co-ordinator, Kristina Drusany Staric (drusany@yahoo.com) or Jennifer (enject@ucd.ie).

Posted by Enject Editor on 5th July 2017

COHEAT 2017 Special Session on Connected Health Technologies Call for Papers EXTENDED

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Submission of papers for COHEAT 2017 Special Session on Connected Health Technologies has extended its deadline until 7th April. Please follow http://www.contel.hr/2017/cfp-special-session-coheat-2017/ for more details on the call for papers. Submissions will be handled through the EDAS Conference Management System. To submit a paper, please go directly to the paper submission portal available via https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=22845&track=84957. Questions regarding the paper submission process the conference taking place 29th June in Zagreb, Croatia can be directed to enject@ucd.ie.

Posted by Enject Editor on 28th March 2017

STSM Case Report Presentation

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As part of ENJECT’s Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) programme, a group of researchers will present the findings of a Case Report compiled in conjunction with their COST required Scientific Report and mission. Deemed to be a further benefit to the participant’s research and experience on the mission, the Action appealed for an additional Case Report drawing on the work already done during the STSM and in the Scientific Report. It is hoped that these Case Reports, which offer more detail on a certain aspect of the Scientific Report, will be compiled into a book and symposium of best case studies and delivered in February 2017 at a joint Management Committee Meeting and Workshop.

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th December 2016

Connected Health Repository Under Development

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Working in collaboration with CHESS (Europe’s first networked Connected Health PhD training programme), the ENJECT network is in the process of developing an online storage facility dedicated to Connected Health Technology-themed publications.  Student reviewed articles, project reports, and outcomes can be stored, searched, and shared amongst fellow PhD students. With the Action website acting as a repository for cross-national information in the field of Connected Health Technology, it is hoped that the sharing of information between the multidisciplinary fields of Connected Health and the countries engaged in its study will be achieved .

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th December 2016

Published: Connected Health in Europe: Where We Are Today?

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The ENJECT Report entitled Connected Health in Europe: Where Are We Today? is complete and published. The survey used in the compilation of the report aimed to develop an understanding of Europe’s readiness to adopt Connected Health/eHealth solutions at both a regional and a European level.  Most of the questions were answered at a national level, but some countries reported apparent regional differences.

Two MC members from each representative country responded in tandem to a majority of the questions based upon their own knowledge and understanding of the policies and procedures in place in their respective counties to form one cohesive knowledge set. Time was allowed for the referencing of additional reports and input on individual questions. The final result of the report forms the basis for a comprehensive overview of the state of Connected Health readiness not only at a local, but also at a European wide, level.

The document has been assigned an ISBN number and will be stored in the UCD Open Access Central Repository where it can be searched and referenced. For a full .pdf version of the report, please use the following link: Final Report

Everyone’s effort is greatly appreciated. The final results deliver valuable insights and form the basis for future research on Connected Health readiness and implementation.  The Action’s continued work will ensure maximum dissemination of the output.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Enject Editor on 1st December 2016

ENJECT London 2017 Training School Recap

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ENJECT Training School: Making an Impact with Connected Health Research

This short, intensive course took place at King’s College London Strand Campus in the heart of London from the 11th through the 13th of September 2017 and focused on the interdisciplinary impact of Connected Health in three key arenas:

  1. Scientific Impact: the challenges, opportunities and venues for inter-disciplinary publishing.
  2. Commercial Impact: Industrial collaborations and translating research outputs into the commercial world
  3. Societal impact: Policy, clinical practice and patient engagement

The course targeted at students engaged in a PhD programme or postdoctoral research in a health-related context and accepted 17 fully-funded grant applicants from Finland, Spain, France, Poland, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Denmark, Ireland, and the UK.

The course was organised by the ENJECT Cost Action and is hosted by the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London.

Teaching methods used in this particular Training School include:

  • Interdisciplinary workshops facilitated by senior researchers
  • Invited talks from impact stakeholders
  • Social events to facilitate interdisciplinary networking

Trainers included:

  • Dr. Vasa Curcin, Lecturer in Health Informatics at KCL and visiting Lecturer in the Department of  Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London)
  • Prof Brian Caulfield, Dean of Physiotherapy at University College Dublin, one of six Insight directors, and lead investigator with the Connected Health Technology Centre ARCH)
  • Dr. Derick Mitchell, Chief Executive of IPPOSI
  • Dr. Luis Fernandez Luque, e-Health Researcher at QCRI and co-founder and scientific adviser at Salumedia
  • Dr. Jan Kool, Head of Research at the Valens Rehablitation Centre in Switzerland
  • Dr. Cailbhe Doherty, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Dublin

The students also enjoyed a visit to the London Digital Catapult where they met with leaders from Cera, HealthUnlocked, Diagnostics.AI, and PxHealthcare/OWise Breast Cancer.

 

 

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th August 2016 Next


 

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