Who we are?

We are a European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) focused on AI applications in smart healthcare. We serve as a one-stop shop for the development of digital solutions in the health sector. 

We see AI as a catalyst for taking Europe into a healthy future. To do this we need a strong ecosystem of startups and tech innovators to fuel the digital transformation of healthcare systems and medicine of tomorrow. 

We provide solutions

European health systems are increasingly burdened with a shortage in medical professional staff, long waiting times and a rising demand for services driven by an ageing population. This leads to substantial financial constraints. 

By 2070, 30% of the European population will be older than 65
80% of the population older than 65 have at least one chronic condition
80% of all healthcare costs in the EU (€700 billion) are spent on chronic diseases

Digital healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the global healthcare market, with AI as a key tool in the development of smart health. AI can be deployed in just about any facet or activity of the health industry, from clinical decision-making and public health, to biomedical research and drug development, to health system administration and service redesign.

The integration of AI technologies is recognized within the EU as crucial in controlling and reducing the costs of health services and the long-term sustainability of health systems.

AI applications have the potential to free up 1,659 million to 1,944 million hours every year
AI applications can potentially save 380,000 to 403,000 lives annually
AI applications could save €170.9 to 212.4 billion annually

Our Team is Our Strength

AI4Health.Cro is a non-profit public-private consortium of experts in the field of AI, healthcare and startups that sees artificial intelligence (AI) as the key to advancing healthcare and medicine. The consortium brings together 15 partners coordinated by the Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) and is funded equally under the Digital Europe Program and the Next Generation EU with 2.9 million euros for a period of three years. Over the next three years, the AI4Health.Cro Hub will work on developing new AI-based tools and innovative solutions to improve the quality of healthcare. By collaborating with industry partners, healthcare providers, and researchers, AI4Health.Cro will provide services to small and medium-sized enterprises, startups, and innovators developing AI technologies for use in healthcare and medicine.

AI4Health.Cro partners come from both the private and public sectors, including the Croatian Artificial Intelligence Association  – CroAI, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia, Magdalena, Clinic for Cardiovascular Medicine, Dom zdravlja Zagreb – Centar, the Croatian Institute of Public Health, the Croatian Health Insurance Fund, University of Split School of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka, Zagreb Innovation Center – ZICER, Croatian Healthcare Employers Association, Mreža, FeelsGood Capital Partners, as well as the successful companies Ericsson Nikola Tesla, IN2 and NEWTON Technologies Adria.

The project partners from the private and public sectors provide users with access to multidisciplinary expertise in assessing the digital maturity of technologies, supporting technology development and adaptation to user needs, supporting technology transfer, incubator expertise in creating and managing projects, access to funding programs, and expertise in ethical and legal regulations.