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Space Solutions for Healthcare & Health Protection

Health KTN Chairs Healthcare Session at the European Space Solutions Conference

  • Session Chair - Sue Dunkerton, Director of the HealthTech and Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Keynote Speaker -Vincent-Henri, Peuch ECMWF

Learn how space applications can inform individuals and support health authorities in a wide range of health management issues, such as to provide better healthcare and social services, promote and enable independence, and predict and prepare for health emergencies.


  • Space research is leading to solutions that help in living independently and with assistance (e.g. telecare and telehealth), as well as greater emphasis on prevention either through emergency response, or forecasts of potential health-threatening situations (wandering or weather related: pollution, heat, cold, etc.) - see examples below
  • Space solutions therefore can play a significant role in helping to address a number of key health related challenges facing society with scope for paradigm shifts in prevention and independence as well as better management of health conditions, reflecting the needs of an ageing society, and the rise in environmentally-related conditions.
  • This conference is an opportunity to hear at first-hand about the emerging solutions that are about to transition into operational use and to engage with their developers
  • Medical experts from a wide range of emerging health and prevention solutions will describe their innovations and how they can add value to the community

Examples of space solutions for healthcare, independence and health protection include:

  • improving the autonomy of people with assist devices including wheelchairs
  • tracking devices for people prone to wandering
  • personal navigation for visually impaired people
  • air quality forecasts
  • smartphone apps to coordinate response to emergencies
  • reducing response time to cardiac arrest emergencies
  • climate modelling to estimate the likelihood of an epidemic in developing countries
  • satellite imagery to support Malaria Control terrain work

All professionals who are involved in, and are interested in using and promoting new innovative solutions for healthcare and health protection.

The conference will be of relevance to a broad range of interests that extend from disease specific conditions such as cardiology, asthma, and neurodegeneration, to emergency and social care. It will be of special interest to those involved in one or more of the following:

  • IT related systems for communications, information flow, navigation tracking
  • Preventative healthcare, predicting air pollution and adverse weather conditions
  • Telemedicine, telehealth, telecare
  • Innovation, and translating developments from one sector to another

Register today, click here


09:00-09:05 Opening remarks Sue Dunkerton
Director, HealthTech & Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network
09:05-09:20 Intro & Welcome tba
09:20-09:50 Keynote: "GMES Atmosphere Pilot Service" Vincent-Henri Peuch
Head of Atmospheric Composition Division, European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasting
09:50-10:10 Managing disease by mapping vectors, VECMAP Veerle Versteirt
Precision Pest Management Unit, Avia-GIS
10:10-10:30 Assisting personal guidance system for people with visual impairment (ARGUS) Oihana Otaegui
Head of ITS and Engineering Department, Vicomtech-IK4
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:20 Innovation for Healthcare & Health Protection Alex Abbott
Chief Technology Officer Patients and Information, National Health Service Commissioning Board
11:20-11:40 Location-based technology in care homes Ernie Graham
Owner, Graham Care Group
11:40-12:00 Emergency Response Solutions for Vulnerable People Daniel Seybold
Head of Sales and Marketing, TCA
12:00-12:20 E-health for sub-Saharan Africa: taking up the challenge François Boillot
Managing Director, Alter - International health & development
12:20-13:00 Round Table / Discussion Sue Dunkerton
Director, HealthTech & Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network


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