EU invests €35m for AI solutions for cancer prevention

The call is part of the Horizon 2020 programme

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel

The European Commission launched on 9 July a call for proposals with €35m available to support the development of analysis of health images for cancer diagnostics based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as other tools and analytics focused on the prevention, prediction and treatment of the most common forms of cancer.

The call is part of the Horizon 2020 programme, through which the Commission is investing a total of €177m on the 'Digital Transformation of Health and Care' and 'Trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care'.

"Today's investment confirms our strong support in advanced technologies that will shape the future of the health sector in the European Union. Together with Member States, we must put in place a framework that balances individual concerns and health system constraints, while unleashing innovation in healthcare for the benefit of all Europeans,” Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel commented.

In the meantime, Commissioner Gabriel will convene today the second high-level roundtable that brings together representatives of the European Commission, the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical technology industries and the civil society.

During the event she will discuss the roadmap set out in the Communication on the digital transformation of health and care, adopted in April 2018, as well as other key topics, such as the next steps on the recently adopted Recommendation on the interoperability of electronic health records systems, AI and high-performance computing. She will also highlight the importance of taking forward the exchange of health data across borders and addressing the relevant privacy and data protection aspects.

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