Research & development

Update on Fast Track eHealth Initiative

In June 2016, the Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers, announced that her ministry will invest 20 million euros over the next four years to promote eHealth initiatives. This will be realised through the ‘Fast Track eHealth Initiative’ that contains the following three elements:

1. Financial incentive
There will be financial incentives for SMEs to attract more capital and interest investors who can support the entrepreneurs with the capital they need. To realise this the Fast Track Initiative will make use of the ‘Seed capital’ provision from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. This provision encourages investors to set up eHealth funds with a specific focus on core investments in eHealth business. The funds will be able to invest both private capital and public capital from the Fast Track eHealth Initiative. In this way, SMEs will be able to acquire the capital they need to generate growth and realise upscaling. Additional information about the eHealth funds will be published on the Zorg voor Innoveren website at the start of December 2016.

2. Information for scaling up
Secondly, the Fast Track initiative will supply advice and expertise for companies starting their scaling up phase. Furthermore, new and existing information and tools will be made widely available. Examples are information on access to funding, tools and platforms on health innovations, such as, the StartupBox, and the Zorg voor Innoveren Upscaling Guide.

3. Support for coalitions

Finally, there will be extra support for the setup of all kinds of coalitions of essential stakeholders, like entrepreneurs, financial and health institutions, medical insurance companies, professionals, patients or municipalities. With these coalitions eHealth will gain better access to market and customers so that they can work together on the scale up of high impact eHealth applications. Here, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has a facilitating role to play through its knowledge and expertise regarding regulations. Furthermore, shared appointments can be registered in so-called Health Deals.

Additional information on the support of scale-up coalitions will be published at the start of January 2017 at the latest.