Focus Areas

EIT Health projects address six Focus Areas (FAs), which have been developed to guide our activities, so that they have maximum impact. FAs ensure that concrete activity and expected outcome are integral to call proposals, and they offer guidance for anyone preparing a proposal, as any project should address one of these focus areas. Find out more about individual focus areas below.

Towards Health Continuum Care Pathways

From treatment centric limitations to the health continuum breadth – EIT Health will lead the reform of care pathways, undertaking the design and evidence-based implementation of innovative care and health delivery solutions. This focus area introduces the concept of prevention and late management of co-morbidity at key stages in the care pathway. Because our network has disease specific expertise, responses to this FA will logically centre on specific diseases. New care pathways allow us to showcase existing and new EIT Health start-ups and commercial solutions, in context of the diseases they impact and the improved outcomes they deliver. 

Creating the Enabling Environment for Healthcare Transformation

From the current challenge to a sustainable future – EIT Health will deliver an organisational evolution in healthcare management, with value-based benefits for citizens and consequent financial benefits to society, by designing & demonstrating innovation in management models and aligned training. The biggest threats to our goal of implementing innovation are barriers to change and adoption within the existing healthcare systems. This FA recognises the proven strength of our network (portfolio 2017/2018) in piloting and demonstrating system change, plus it is highly connected to our ability to address the educational and digital needs driven by structural change in healthcare delivery.

Harnessing the Power of Real World Data

From conceptual vision to tangible value – EIT Health will launch RWD initiatives that are robust, inform valid healthcare decisions and demonstrate potential to be scaled up, thus establishing a framework for EU leadership in access and analysis of RWD. There is unique potential in our network to provide latent RWD assets and unforeseen lucrative commercial opportunities (based on data equity). This FA will concentrate on optimising access and analytical validity, particularly for prediction. 

Bringing Care Home

From institutional delivery to health delivered at home – EIT Health will deliver optimal home-based healthcare to older citizens and consequent financial benefits to society, by designing and demonstrating innovation in home care service and systems. Responding to the demographic and system challenge for optimal healthcare for the older person. EIT Health partners submitted five out of six FA proposals in response to the 2019 call.

From the Workplace to the Health Place: Employer Leadership in Improving Health Outcomes

From workplace to health place – EIT Health will deliver improved healthcare to employees and consequent financial benefits to employers, by going beyond the traditional expectation of employer responsibility for health in the workplace. Employer leadership in improving health outcomes in the workplace: Consistent with our business objectives, this Focus Area will address balance in our portfolio in an area where Innolife identified great potential due to the nature of our network. This Focus Area provides a practical route to citizen engagement that is consistent with our infrastructure.

Fostering Healthy Lives by Introducing Behavioural Change

From dealing with disease & disability to healthy lives – EIT Health will supply  tools & incentives to citizens to modify their way of life, to prevent early onset of ageing, disease and disability, and to profit from more years in health and wellbeing. EIT Health will focus on providing opportunities especially to children, and other vulnerable or marginalised groups in society. European citizens need to modify their lives to prevent early onset of ageing, disease and disability, and to profit from more years in health and wellbeing. EIT Health will focus on providing opportunities, especially to children and other vulnerable groups. By developing user friendly information channels that provide individualised guardianship in every-day situations, such solutions allow citizens to live rewarding and productive lives.