The Politecnico di Milano is now a hub in the European DIH-HERO project (Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics). The project, aims to accelerate innovation and the implementation of robotics for healthcare. It has received €16m financing from the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 programme (grant agreement no. 825003).
The project consortium comprises 17 partners from 11 European countries and is coordinated by the University of Twente (Netherlands). Each of the partners coordinates relations within a network of satellite organizations in healthcare robotics. The consortium’s aim is to build an independent platform to connect companies, hospitals, academic institutions, investors and other stakeholders, helping them to collaborate and co-operate in making their robotics products and services available to medical and healthcare professionals.
The European Commission wants to accelerate this “innovation cycle” along the full value chain, ensuring products and services are developed efficiently. By combining efforts, it plans to consolidate and make self-sustained the DIH-HERO platform over the next four years. The platform will bring significant added value to the health ecosystem by sharing knowledge, connecting the right stakeholders and stimulating tailored investment.
DIH-HERO will be able to truly make a difference in the field of innovation in the healthcare sector, accelerating the process of robotics innovation, which will bring significant benefits to the quality of services offered and to the relationship between healthcare providers, professional users and patients.
The Politecnico di Milano is one of three Italian hubs, alongside the Università Sant’Anna di Pisa and the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology). The other hubs are the Universiteit Twente, RWTH University Hospital Aachen, Fraunhofer IPA, CEA, Tecnalia, DLR, Imperial College, the Danish Technological Institute, IMEC, ETF Robotics, ETH Zurich, Fundacja Rozwoju Kardiochirurgii, EURECAT and iTechnic GmbH.
Picture: Integrated robotic platform for catheters and probes positioning in neurosurgery