Connected Health initiative receives €3.9m in EU funding

620w-ch-funding-storyThe EU has allocated €3.9 million in funding under the Horizon2020 People Programme to create Europe’s first networked Connected Health PhD training programme.

CHESS (Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System) aims to develop health scientists with the ability to work across the education, industry, health and policy sectors.

According to Prof Brian Caulfield, director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCD, the benefits of Connected Health are not being felt at patient level.

“Despite a clear need articulated repeatedly at national and international levels, and the evident promise of Connected Health, the implementation of Connected Health solutions in everyday management of health is not widespread across Europe,” Prof Caulfield said.

“This [award] is essentially a redesign of researcher education in Connected Health.”