Estonia (National level) (EE)
Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Strong
Total population (2019) 1,324,820
Population per km² (2017) 30
Proportion population older 65 year % 19,76%
Ministry of Social Affairs
Estonian Research Council
Estonia is a country on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe, it has a population of 1.3 million. The countries S3 priorities include e-health; biotechnology; ICT: industry, robotics and embedded systems; ICT: e-governance and data science; materials technologies and enhancement of resources. The country has a national strategy for health research and innovation, and a strategy for e-health.
Healthprofile according to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):
Estonia has experienced gains in health status, but gaps between socioeconomic groups are among the largest in the EU. A health financing reform in 2017 provided more sustainable funding to its highly centralised singlepayer health insurance system, with the potential to reduce fragmentation and increase coordination. Nearly 6 % of Estonians do not have health insurance, and a significant reform of the system would be required to provide coverage for the whole population.
Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities?
Yes - Collaboration in the field of validating healthcare services/devices based on personalised medicine. Also looking for best practices
Member ICPerMed? yes
Mountain ? Non-mountain
Member Euregha? no
Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no
InnoStars Region? yes
Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no
PM region according EC? no
Baltic Sea MacroRegion? yes
S3MedTech region? no
Danube MacroRegion? no
S3P4PM region? no
Alpine MacroRegion? no
Regions4PM region? yes
Central Europe? no
Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no
1M+Genome initiative? member
European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)? no
Vanguard Initiative? no
S3ClusSport member? No
Topics covered by policies: Population genomics initiative (cfr 1 million genomes participation); Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Education, training and skill development;ICT/genomics, health, lifestyle data(infrastructure); Electronic and mobile health solutions; Public awareness, patient participation with respect to Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health.
Reimbursement of e- and mobile health applications ERF funding for "Realisation of personalised medicine in Estonia" responsible: National Institute for Health Development.
Health data populations study Registries of the National Institute of Health Development (https://tai.ee/et/tegevused/registrid).
Databases and standards, linked to personalised medicine (incl. biobanks) Estonian Gene Bank (https://genomics.ut.ee/et/geenivaramust).
Education and training, linked to personalised medicine; Outreach to a broad public.
Policy document (RIS3): Yes
Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes
However, the country have specified smart specialisation growth areas. These will be amended, the most recent one is: http://www.arengufond.ee/en/smart-specialization/overview/
Realisation of information from genomic data to healthcare services. ERF funding for project "Realisation of personalised medicine in Estonia"
Digital Innovation Hubs:
Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?
Horizon 2020 funded CSA-s: IC PerMed, ERA PerMed
ERA Chair – the Center for Genomics, Evolution and Medicine (cGEM) (University of Tartu) Grant agreement 810645
ePerMed Grant agreement ID: 692145
PRECISE4Q Grant agreement ID: 777107
General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region- High
Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - High
Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the region - Medium
Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - Very High
Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Medium
Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - High
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