Our partners and research collaborators

App Quality Alliance

The App Quality Alliance (AQuA) is a non-profit group headed by members and knowledge contributors since AQuA's inception, working with the industry to improve the quality of mobile apps.

All of AQuA’s work is open source, published under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License. This means that AQuA resources are free for you to share or adapt, for any purpose, provided you attribute and give appropriate credit to AQuA.

Throughout the year, AQuA runs informal webinars and round tables, and participates in external industry events.


Digital Health and Quality Alliance (DHACA)

DHACA is a free-to-join, UK-based, member-driven organisation dedicated to improving interoperability and reducing duplication in health & care systems.

Organisations in health and social care are battling challenging financial targets and increasing demand. They need tools to enable transformation, business models that demonstrate the cost effectiveness of new systems, new ways to procure and contract services, help navigating information governance regulations and vitally systems that improve outcomes, care and value for money.

DHACA’s objective is to identify appropriate resources and facilitate fruitful collaborations between the public sector, industry and the third sector, to expedite the development of new ways of delivering health & care that benefit all parties.


European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance)

The European Connected Health Alliance is the trusted connector in healthcare; we bring people, organisations, needs and solutions together.

We are a not-for-profit/Community Interest Company registered in Northern Ireland.

We exist to facilitate multi-stakeholder connections, to create and strengthen partnerships committed to driving sustainable change in the quality and efficiency of health and social care.

With over 15,000 connections across Europe, North America and China, we are a powerful international force for change, whose combined knowledge, expertise and connections can speed up progress.


Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative

Run by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum, the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative is a project designed to help consumers learn more about the accessibility features of mobile devices and to help them identify devices with the features that may assist them with their particular needs.

Almost one in five of the world's population lives with some kind of recognized disability.

Sooner or later, everyone will develop at least some limitations in vision, hearing, dexterity or learning. To improve usability for those of us with sensory or physical limitations, phones and tablets have features for accessibility, which are continually improving and becoming more prevalent as technologies advance.



GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer.

We have three primary areas of business in:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccines
  • Consumer Healthcare

Our commercial success depends on creating innovative new products and making these accessible to as many people who need them as possible. By achieving this, we will be able to grow our business and provide benefits to patients, consumers, society, our employees and our shareholders.

With our headquarters in the UK, we have a wide geographical reach. We have offices in more than 115 countries, major research centres in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China and an extensive manufacturing network with 87 sites globally.

We are one of the few healthcare companies researching medicines and vaccines for the World Health Organisation’s three priority diseases - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.


Health 2.0

Health 2.0 is the premiere showcase and catalyst for the advancement of new health technologies. Through a global series of conferences, developer competitions, and leading market intelligence, Health 2.0 drives the innovation and collaboration necessary to transform health and health care. In addition to our flagship event held in the Bay Area each Fall, we host events around the world including in Europe, Latin America and India, and new for 2015 Korea and Japan.



In health care, there’s no time to waste. There are diseases to be treated, medicines to be developed, and lives to be enhanced and transformed.

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we focus on some of the most devastating diseases and the most complex medical challenges of our time, across the following five therapeutic areas:

  • Cardiovascular and Metabolism
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases and Vaccines
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology

Janssen comprises companies with nearly 40,000 employees in more than 150 countries around the world. We work within and beyond our communities, globally, to bring innovative treatments for serious unmet medical needs. We make extraordinary efforts to help people enjoy ordinary moments.

It all comes back to our commitment to collaboration, in research and education and all the way to patient access. We won’t stop until new ideas turn into medical solutions for patients in need.



research2guidance is a consultancy and market research company based in Berlin, Germany. We focus on the global app economy. We started in 2009 after Apple and Google have created the new mobile app eco-system. We wanted to be part of this dynamic and facinating market, which at this time only visionary people expected to become as big as it is today.

With our research and consultancy work, we want to help our clients to understand how they can be successful in the app market. We publish off-the-shelf-reports about certain app economy segments (e.g. mHealth), countries (e.g. USA) or vendor segments (e.g. app development tools).

Over the course of the years we have been able to get in contact with thousands of app developers, app managers and strategist, analysts, investors or just very smart people with the help of our global research programs. We like to give our clients better answers.

As a side effect, our contact base grew to more than 70,000 contacts in the app economy. We started to leverage this contact base to allow our customers to find the right expert, invite a certain group to their events or to promote their services.



techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.

techUK is committed to helping its members and the sector grow.

It does this by helping members to:

  • Develop Markets
  • Develop Relationships and Networks
  • Reduce Business Costs
  • Reduce Business Risks

techUK affords unique insights on key issues to help members make more informed decisions—and ensure a competitive edge in their markets.



Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation and number of customers. From this outstanding position in the industry, and with its mobile, fixed and broadband businesses as the key drivers of its growth, Telefónica has focused its strategy on becoming a leading company in the digital world.

Telefónica has a significant presence in 24 countries and a customer base that amounts close to 316 million accesses around the world. Telefólnica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

Telefónica Digital’s mission is to seize the opportunities within the digital world and deliver new growth for Telefónica through research & development, venture capital, global partnerships and digital services such as cloud computing, mobile advertising, M2M and eHealth. It is also driving innovation in over the top communications under a new umbrella brand called TU and in Big Data through Telefónica Dynamic Insights. Telefónica Digital will deliver these new products and services to Telefónica’s global customers as well as entering new markets. It is headquartered in London with regional centres in Silicon Valley, Sao Paulo, Spain and Tel Aviv. Axismed, Eleven Paths, giffgaff, Jajah, Media Networks Latin America and Terra are all managed under the Telefónica Digital umbrella.

O2 is the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited and is a leading communications company with over 23 million customers. O2 runs 2G and 3G networks and was the first to pilot 4G/LTE, reaching speeds of over 100Mpbs, as well as owning half of Tesco Mobile. It also operates O2 Wifi, O2 Health, O2 Unify, O2 Media and has recently launched the O2 Wallet. O2 employs over 11,000 people in the UK, has 450 retail stores and sponsors The O2, O2 Academy venues and the England rugby team



TICBioMed is an eHealth cluster headquartered in the region of Murcia (Spain). Its members include the local public Healthcare system, 4 private hospitals, 3 Universities and more than 30 ICT companies.

Murcia is a single-province region of almost 1.5m inhabitants. Its Healthcare organizations have mature eHealth solutions and the public provider is currently implementing a technology foundation based on interoperability, which makes it an attractive test bed for the incorporation of eHealth innovation. Regarding clinical priorities, there is a strong interest in improving the management of chronic diseases, among others Heart Failure, COPD and Diabetes.

The cluster has a broad experience in submitting, negotiating and managing EU projects, as it currently coordinates two European projects: READiforHealth (develops Digital Agendas for Health in 4 EU regions), GET (delivers business-oriented services to eHealth SMEs) and also participates in FICHe (eHealth accelerator for FIWARE).


Media partner

European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG)

EHFG was founded in 1998 as a European health policy conference with the aim of providing a platform for discussion for the various stakeholders in the field of public health and health care.

Since then the EHFG has developed into a key annual event, bringing together, politicians, senior decision-makers, representatives of interest groups, and experts coming from government and administration, business and industry, civil society and science and academia. These four groups of stakeholders with their perspectives constitute the four pillars of the EHFG.

The EHFG further considers the vertical organisation of societies and the EU by integrating regional, national, European and international levels and thus facilitating the exchange of views and experience amongst key actors and experts from the 27 EU members and the EEA countries, but also from the rest of the 52 countries of the WHO European region. Launched with major financial support from the European Commission, subsequent events have grown with the continued and extended co-operation of Commission services. In that regard the Forum can be considered as a pilot project and benchmark for any Commission civil society consultation process.



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