University of Cyprus (UCY), the host institution of the project, was established in 1989. The most recently founded school of UCY is the School of Medicine (2013). Currently, UCY serves 7,000 students and nearly 1,000 employees. UCY is the youngest institution to be ranked in the top 550 Higher Education Institutions in the world (placed in the 351-400 for 2015-16). UCY is committed to excellence across all its academic and administrative entities, holding the EFQM “Committed to Excellence” Award and acknowledged with the “HR Excellence in Research” logo. Furthermore, it currently delivers up to 350 externally funded research projects, including several FP7 and H2020 projects, and 10 ERC Grants, as well as national and regional research programmes funded by the National Research Promotion Foundation and the European Structural Funds.
The Department of Computer Science has 22 faculty members, and more than 100 postdoctoral Research Fellows and PhD students. The Department is highly research oriented with an overall rate of ~5 journal publications per faculty per year. Since Cyprus joined the EU in 2004 it has participated in over 230 EU funded projects with a total funding of €30 million. Currently the active department projects are over 35 with a total funding that exceeds the €8 million.
eHealth lab (www.ehealthlab.cs.ucy.ac.cy): The Department, through the eHealth Lab has an extensive and long-standing expertise in the broader area of eHealth which is aligned with the proposal’s objectives, emanating from significant participation in numerous National, European and International projects, such as: EU-Connecting Europe Facility: Cross Boarder eHealth Services in Cyprus (2017-2020), Fi-star: Future Internet: Social Technological Alignment in Healthcare (www.fi-star.eu), EU ERASMUS+: eHealth Eurocampus (2016-19), Linked2Safety (FP7-ICT): A Next-Generation, Secure Linked Data Medical Information Space for Semantically-Interconnecting EHR and Clinical Trials Systems advancing patients safety in Clinical Research (2011-14, http://www.linked2safety-project.eu/), eENERCA (https://www.enerca.org). (FP7): European Network for Rare and Congenital Anemias (2013-16, 4th phase, https://www.enerca.org), CY-EHR (RPF): Electronic Health Record at a National Level (2012-2014, http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/cyehr), mEducator (FP7): Multi-type Content Repurposing and sharing in Medical Education (2009-11, http://www.meducator.net/), as well as GRANATUM, eMEDIT, MPOWER, HEALTHSERVICE24, LINKCARE, MEDICATE, ΗΕALTHWARE, EMERGENCY112, AMBULANCE, INTERREG projects such as INTERMED, INTRAMEDNET, and FUTURE HEALTH.
The lab hosts a multidisciplinary team of experts across science and engineering with a strong background on eHealth and mHealth, Medical Imaging, Computational Intelligence for data analytics, and Life Sciences Informatics. It has a solid collaboration in the abovementioned areas with members of the quadruple helix such as the Ministry of Health, Cyprus, public and private hospitals and clinics, patients’ associations, and industry partners, including medical centres abroad such as the Fetal Medicine Foundation in London.