The Ecosystem Digital Twins in Health (EDITH) project kicks off
On 11 October 2022, the EDITH project to advance an Ecosystem for Digital Twins in Healthcare was kicked off in an online meeting among all 19 partners. The two-year Coordination and Support Action (CSA) led by the Virtual Physiological Human Institute in Leuven, Belgium, will receive funding of 5 million euros from the European Commission under the Digital Europe Programme. DIGITALEUROPE joins the project consortium as a full partner to contribute to the project overall, and to lead on the development of future business models.
EDITH will foster an inclusive ecosystem for Digital Twins in healthcare in Europe and prepare a strategic roadmap for its wider development, integration and uptake. The project defines a digital twin as a patient-specific virtual representation of real-world systems or processes, ranging from organs to the whole body, that is built by combining data-driven and knowledge-driven predictive computer models, and that can be used as a clinical decision support system or as a tool for the development and personalisation of medical products.
EDITH will develop, combine and further enhance the synergies between the European communities, resulting in a cohesive ecosystem and consensus-driven roadmap to virtual human twins. It will also leverage the EU infrastructure to develop a repository of digital twins and a simulation platform. DIGITALEUROPE will contribute to the project overall and to the roadmap with legal, regulatory and technical expertise, and lead on the development of proposals for future business models and the sustainability of the repository and simulation platform.
EDITH’s nineteen project partners include internationally renowned research institutions, professional associations, companies, and hospitals of excellence. Their shared vision is to advance opportunities presented by virtual human twins for the benefit of patients, healthcare providers, regulatory bodies, and industry, both within Europe and globally.