15th June, 2016

Digital technology has opened huge opportunities in the business of health. Many people are calling it the next big frontier in technology.

UCL is separately home to IDH, ‘the Institute of Digital Health’ which is ‘a network of researchers, projects and research centres united by a shared interest in the potential of digital technologies to improve health and wellbeing.

IDH expertise spans health and medicine; data and computational sciences; the human sciences; and legal and policy matters. More importantly, they work in interdisciplinary consortia to address complex research problems of practical relevance to the future health of people and populations.

Horizon 2020 is an 80bn Euro fundwhich includes backing digital health programmes across the EU.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 was among the backers for a digital health project for the chronically ill called ProACT which is being lead by Trinity | College Dublin.