List of Key Challenges

The List of Key Challenges identifies cross-cutting issues that combine societal relevance with ICT fields of research and innovation. This resource provides a problem-oriented view, focusing on shared challenges and issues.

  • The key challenges defined that will be the focus of the HubIT stakeholder network activities.
  • Cross-cutting issues that combine societal relevance with ICT fields of research and innovation These resource provides a catalogue of such challenges relevant in ICT and SSH. Each of these key challenges will be expanded and emphasize shared concerns among stakeholders.
Research infrastructures

Development, deployment, integration and operation of ICT-based e-infrastructure resources and services for research, access to and management of research data.

Protection and security of personal information

Application of appropriate protections to the personal information they control. This means that, even where documents are being held by another body or person, if the agency has the ability to exercise control over them it must take the steps necessary to ensure they are protected.  The security measures that an agency takes to protect documents containing personal information should be proportionate and appropriate to the possible risk of a security breach and the level of harm that could result from a breach.

Better and personalised healthcare,anywhere and at a lower cost

Better quality of care and controlled medical costs enable people to enjoy longer and more independent lives. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have already made a strong contribution to these goals, but much more remains to be done. eHealth technologies enable the delivery of higher quality and more efficient services to European citizens, irrespective of where they are. This is made possible by granting online access to personal health information, by supporting prevention and early diagnosis for diseases, by supporting personalised therapies and by implementing innovative telemedicine services. The smart use of technologies and innovation can help to address the challenges healthcare systems are facing today, including an ageing population, a shortage of healthcare professionals and a lack of financial resources. Digital solutions to improve people’s quality of life can respond to the demand for sustainable healthcare systems. The development and widespread adoption of eHealth technologies can also contribute to job creation, including in new emerging professions, as well as supporting smart growth. Ultimately, ICT should enable users to better manage their health and lifestyle, with improved quality of services and reduced healthcare costs.

Fight against cybercrime and cyber-attacks

Attacks against information systems are a growing threat, and there is an increasing concern about the potential for terrorist or politically motivated attacks against information systems which form part of the critical infrastructures of Member States and the Union.

Safety of children online

The Digital Agenda for Europe aims to have every European digital, children, who start using Internet from the age of 7, need quality content online to stimulate their imagination and help them learn. But they also need the skills and tools for using the Internet safely and responsibly. A combination of policies is required to deliver a Better Internet for Children

Making technologies accessible to the ageing population

ICTs can offer better chances for people with disabilities. Yet, technologies, in their pervasiveness, can also represent a barrier.

Helping elderly people to live independently and safely at home

Active involvement in society of elderly, disabled and people with physical impairments starts by improving their living conditions in their own environment, and facilitating their social life and contacts. This has also a positive impact on their families and caregivers, enabling them to rebalance the time devoted to care in favour of quality aspects, nurturing the relationship with the older persons.

Quality care to everyone, everywhere

Providing patients with needed treatment, wherever they are, is one of biggest challenges of eHealth. On the one hand this implies sharing good practices in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. On the other hand, it means giving people the opportunity to travel freely throughout Europe – knowing that they or their carers can access their health information from anywhere.

Benefiting from personalised care

More effective care starts with a more precise diagnosis, based on the patient’s health history and current situation. ICT helps health professionals to improve diagnosis and to adapt treatments to the patient’s specific needs and profile.

Effective online public services for citizens and businesses

Effective interaction between public administrations, citizens and businesses is essential to build the digital society. Online delivery of basic services to citizens (e.g. personal documents and certificates, income taxes and job search tools) and businesses (e.g. company registration, social contributions, corporate tax, VAT) help public authorities to meet people’s needs. In times of crisis, governments need to operate more efficiently and ensure a smooth connection with citizens.

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