New robotic technologies in healthcare

January 2019

- December 2022


Health & Life science

The initiative

DIH-HERO intends to galvanise the adoption of new robotic technologies in healthcare, to support research and development in companies operating in the sector and to improve the quality of life among end users, patients and medical and healthcare staff.

A true digital innovation network, where the task of every consortium partner is to manage a high technology innovation hub and this, in turn, will bring together universities, medical and social care structures and research centres called upon to provide high-impact robotic-based solutions in the fields of surgery, rehabilitation, personal assistance and training. This is a true research and innovation ecosystem, and is trying to create – within a four-year span – a “cycle” of innovation that is the “go-to” place for seeking solutions with a high technological and social impact, and create opportunities for clinical partnerships.

To achieve this purpose, DIH-HERO will design an independent platform to bring together investors, stakeholders, research centres, and help them to establish collaborations for strengthening digital innovation and robotic systems in the medical-healthcare system, as well as acting as a medium for new healthcare products entering the market.

The role of the Foundation

Fondazione Politecnico is working with Politecnico di Milano in the coordination of the initiative

Technical details

A Europe-wide consortium of universities and research centres to develop a common platform for testing e-health 4.0 systems. The European Commission has invested 16 million euros in this European consortium.

Backed by these funds, DIH-HERO – Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics is working to accelerate innovation in healthcare robotics. The University of Twente in the Netherlands is the project coordinator, alongside 17 other research partners from 11 European countries, including Politecnico di Milano, and over 200 international associate partners.
The project is financed by the European Commission through Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement no. 825003).


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