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Brussels, 13 May 2013
Commission awards prizes to best eHealth SMEs
European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes has awarded prizes to eHealth SMEs from Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Kingdom as part of eHealth Week 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. The winners of the 2nd EU SME eHealth Competition came up with innovations in areas such as improving cognitive behavioural therapy for mental care, improving physiological monitoring, and people facing emergencie. The competition was jointly organised by TICBioMed and the European Commission and the winners were selected from 15 competition finalists.
Neelie Kroes said: "I want to congratulate all the finalists, and the winners in particular. Your inspiring ideas show us how eHealth tools can help patients take control of their health and support doctors and health and care professionals. You have my support, my admiration and my warmest wishes for every success."
Sense Observation Systemsimprove cognitive behavioural therapy for mental care
Biovotion (Switzerland) offers continuous, non-invasive, wearable concepts for accurate physiological monitoring embedded into mHealth.
BrainControl (Italy) gives disabled people the ability to control objects with their minds.
Medisana AG (Germany): VitaDock, a free, medically-certified app for smartphones and tablets to compare blood pressure, blood glucose, weight and temperature data.
Vivago (Finland): VivagoGlobal, personal security system calling for help when the patient cannot, offering preventive care and reduced costs
UK Preventive Medicine (UK) offering The Prevention Plan - A Comprehensive Care Co-Production System
There were a total of 212 applications for the competition. Only European SMEs with less than 150 employees and an annual turnover of less than €5.000.000 were eligible to apply.
The six winners were divided into two groups:
1. "Promise": SMEs with turnover less than 500.000€ (three winners).
2. "Champion": SMEs with turnover above 500.000€ (three winners).
Winners in each group received:
The other finalists:
eHealth Week is the largest annual eHealth event in Europe, bringing together industry, academia, government and regional decision-makers from across the EU. EU-funded projects present at the eHealth Week Exhibition include:
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