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The smartCARE, EU4Health project on the Cancer Survivor Smart Card/App which is coordinated by the European Cancer Organisation (ECO) is coming to the end of its initial three-month co-creation period with the third-party app developer Bilbomatica.

Kick-off event for the smartCARE project 

The assembly was held at the European Parliament on 28 March at 17:00 in the Altiero Spinelli building. At this occasion, key elements of the smartCARE consortium gathered to share ideas and perspectives. Haidar Akl, member of our scientific team, was present on behalf of Digestive Cancer Europe (DiCE).
The MEP Istvàn Ujhelyi (Hungary) and the Chief Executive of the European Cancer Organization (ECO) Mike Morriessey kindly co-hosted the meeting.
The two Co-Chair of the smartCARE Steering Committee Csaba Dégi (President-Elect & Co-Chair, Survivorship & Quality of Life Network, ECO) and Penilla Gunther (EU Cancer Mission Board member, National & European Parliamentarians for Cancer Action member) animated the welcome introductions.
Incredibly important talks filled the different sessions, starting with Istvàn Ujhelyi’ message about placing cancer survivors at the centre of European Policy. The project concept, objectives, and deliverables of smartCARE were presented by Mike Morrissey and the WP leaders; Katerina Kepáková (Research Coordinator at FNUSA-ICRC), Helena van der Pal (Senior Researcher and Internal Medicine Specialist at Later Clinic Princess Maxima Centre for Pediatric Oncology), Giorgio Manuzi (EU Projects Coordinator at European Society for Pediatric Oncology) and Celia Varela (Account Manager at Bilbomatica, the App developer of the SmartCARD).
Matthias Schuppe, the Deputy Head of Unit for Cancer and Health in all Policies at European Commission, highlighted the pivotal role of smartCARE in delivering Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.
Bringing together expertise from smartCARE consortium with Bilbomatica for the benefit of cancer survivors was the title of a presentation given by Tomas Kniuksta, Project Adviser at Health, and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA).
Katie Rizvi, Co-Founder of Youth Cancer Europe, and member of the Patient Advisory Committee of the ECO answered what the smartCARE project could mean for survivors.
The Survivorship and Quality of Life was at the heart of Csaba Dégi’s presentation.
The environment was extremely friendly at the networking reception. Eventually, everybody enjoyed this opportunity of in-person meeting between participants from different European horizons.

Disclaimer: Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


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SmartCARE is funded by the European Union (grant number 101080048)

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