This project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320021
Since September 2013, READi for Health has been developing and promoting eHealth innovation!
READi for Health aims to strengthen the research potential of four leading eHealth regions (Murcia, Skåne, Oulu and Midi-Pyrénées) by supporting their triple helix clusters to become world-class players in domains related to the EU Digital Agenda for the Healthcare market.
The achievements have been quantified taking into consideration the collaborative work completed across the READi Consortium.
The achievements have been structured so as to highlight the key impacts of the Actions contained in the project's Joint Action Plan:
Action 1. Regional eHealth Strategies
The implementation of eHealth solutions requires a sound and clear framework that sets priorities and enables eHealth stakeholders, of very different natures to work towards common goals and understand the resource base available to reach them. The partners will lobby for regional eHealth Strategies to be developed so that these goals can be agreed and communicated, policy priorities are set and resources allocated.
Action 2. eHealth Innovation Hub
The Innovation hub will simplify eHealth innovation by lowering the barriers to access the eHealth market and connecting innovators to existing capabilities, as well as end-users and healthcare organisations. It will also facilitate the process from identification of healthcare needs, innovation of solutions, and product development, validation and testing in a live setting. This requires access to a wide range of specific infrastructure and skills such as living labs, test beds, legal and regulatory science, as well as capabilities to perform clinical and health economic studies.
Action 3. Advanced eHealth Services
This action will identify and develop services to provide the appropriate support to go from an unmet need to successful implementation of the eHealth solutions. The services will facilitate identification of healthcare/customer needs and communication to innovators, access to test facilities within health care, definition of customers and business models as well as definition of revenue streams. The approach is bottom-up: the implementation of any eHealth service starts from needs in health care or customer needs related with health, wellness or care. Thus, pathways starting from customer needs through research projects and pilots to successful products development should be facilitated.
Action 4. Interoperability
Partners will develop regional programmes to accelerate interoperability in eHealth, to improve patient and healthcare professional access to data. An interoperable ICT infrastructure will enable business development, especially for new innovative services, by enhanced higher level of integration across the healthcare system’s ICT solutions. But it will also lead to the sustainability of the healthcare system, by separating applications and data to eliminate the risk of data being lost when updating the applications.
Action 5. Big Data and the Cloud
Big data initiatives have the potential to innovate and transform health care, starting with the vastly increased supply of information. It is easier to collect and analyse information from multiple sources, a major benefit in health care since data for a single patient may come from various purchasers, hospitals, laboratories, clinics, as well as patient-captured health data. The partners will put forward regional project proposals, including a demonstration or first implementation of a requested solution (preferably a solution applicable in different scenarios) as well as validation of the solution.
In parallel, the partners will look at the challenges to using cloud-based solutions in healthcare and publish a cookbook for “eHealth Data Officers” with recommendations how they can be addressed, e.g. how to handle and relate to the data protection directive and coming general data protection regulation.
Action 6. Internationalisation
Digital technologies have a worldwide market, using the same infrastructure core (protocols, operating systems, hardware etc.) all over the world. The READi for Health partners will develop support tools to ensure long-term profitability of eHealth SME innovations directed at international markets.
Action 7. Procurement as a tool for innovation
The consortium will contribute to improved use of PCP/PPI for eHealth solutions. Procurers of healthcare solutions and decision makers, will be targeted with information from findings and best practices of successful PCP/PPI implementation and how they can be successfully used as a first step to introduce eHealth innovation.
Action 8. Capacity Building
The READi for Health consortium will support patient empowerment on several different but complementary levels: by improving the ability of individuals to effectively self- manage chronic disease; by enhancing the capacity of intermediary organisations, such as patient groups, to participate efficiently in health policy development; by facilitating the exchange of information and skills between the different disciplines that are required to make eHealth a success.
Action 9. Communication
This communication action aims at clearly defining key stakeholders with high impact on eHealth strategy, innovation and uptake, and who have the authority to influence the decision makers, as well as to tailor specific messages, based on READi for Health results, to raise awareness for eHealth and support for the suggested actions in this action plan.
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