A new study by Marta Curto and published by the “la Caixa” Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance looks at the organization and governance of social businesses, how they raise capital and other challenges they face, such as access to marketing and the professionalization of the sector.
Recent studies have highlighted the need to shift the focus of research from the profile of the entrepreneur to the internal functioning of the social company, and that raising funding is one of the major challenges companies in the sector face.”
The report is available from the ”La Caixa” Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance Website.
A high-level group of experts this week warned that Europeans will only be able to benefit from the affordable, less intrusive and more personalised healthcare which Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) can bring if agreement is reached on how to use health data. The group, headed by the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, delivered this and other recommendations for redesigning health in Europe to Vice President Neelie Kroes and Commissioner John Dalli at eHealth Week 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The eHealth Task Force was established a year ago to advise the Commission on how to unlock the potential of eHealth for safer, better and more efficient healthcare in Europe.
The eHealth Task Force presented its report during the conference “Smart Health – Better Lives” in Copenhagen, co-organised by the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. This 10th High Level eHealth Conference 2012 brought together health ministers, government officials and stakeholders to promote innovation for smart health.
The Commission has been investing in eHealth research for over 20 years. Since 2004, when the first eHealth Action Plan was launched, it has also been developing targeted policy initiatives aimed at fostering widespread adoption of eHealth technologies across the EU.
Most recently, the Commission launched the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing. This brings together the public and private sectors, researchers, health practitioners, patients and carers with the aim of adding 2 years to the average number of healthy life years in the EU by 2020. In the second half of 2012 the Commission will present the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 to scale-up eHealth for empowerment, efficiency and innovation.
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