Digital solutions for better healthcare is a trending topic at the regional, national and even the EU-level. The European Commission recently published a Communication on the digital transformation of health, the Austrian Presidency sees it as one of its priorities and several MEP's have expressed their vision on this topic.

It is for this reason that the East Netherlands Region is organising an free seminar in Brussels as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities. Here we would like to bring relevant stakeholders (Commission, European Parliament, Austrian Presidency and lobbyists) together to share their respective visions, policy and best practices, which are fundamental to the success of the digital transformation of health and care.

This seminar is also a follow-up to the TedTalk "East Netherlands Region: for a Healthier Europe" which will be held in the morning of the same day. See also:


In the East Netherlands Region - consisting of the Provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland - a consortium of four academic institutes (Wageningen University, Radboud UMC, Radboud University and the University of Twente), together with other partners, have set up the 'TopFit Impact Programme'. The goal of this programme is to reduce illness and the burden of disease with an integrated approach combining innovative, patient-oriented technologies and knowledge of nutrition and health.


TopFit’s mission is to become a leading impact programme in the field of technology and innovation for life-long well-being. The TopFit motto is ‘one step ahead’ – many illnesses can be prevented and the burden of disease can be reduced with an earlier response at every stage.


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The differentiating power of innovation for our region.


East Netherlands is ‘Smart & Healthy.’ A large number of education and research institutes as well as companies in our region are leaders in Europe when it comes to innovations in the sectors Agro-Food, Life Sciences & Health, High Tech Systems and Materials, Energy and Environmental Technology. But what truly sets East Netherlands apart from other comparable regions in Europe? The Innovation Profile East Netherlands gives us the answer.

The two flagships of East Netherlands

The Innovation Profile is organised under two ‘flagships,’ each with three separate focus areas. Companies and other organisations that choose to develop innovations under either one of these two headers can count on strong support and profiling in front of the EU. They will be the embodiment of the power of innovation in East Netherlands.





The Innovation Profile East Netherlands is a collaborative initiative of networking and trade organisations, 
institutes of higher learning and research, universities, trade organisations and the two provinces in East Netherlands: