On 26 February 2018, HOPE and AGE Platform Europe organised a workshop, focusing on market-ready innovations in eHealth in the frame of the EU-funded projects ICT4Life, FrailSafe and I-Prognosis. The workshop was kindly hosted by Occitanie Europe and moderated by Sergio Ferreira, projet corrdinator for Innolabs.
In the eve of the Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, the topic of discussion of the workshop was: What are the most promising routes to take up the digital shift in healthcare?
The three EU-funded projects showed how they are innovating the healthcare systems of tomorrow and discussed the challenges of digitalised healthcare and how to support companies in bringing innovation to the market.
Marie Vaugeois, from Occitanie Europe, opened the workshop reminding the importance of digital innovation in healthcare improvement and the differences in between regions in that regard. She reminded us of the initiative taken by the Occitanie Region (France) in terms of digital health investment and the role of the public interest group “e-santé Occitanie”.
FrailSafe was presented by Vasilis Megalooikonomou, from the University of Patras, who described how a better understanding and measuring of frailty can be achieved by using dedicated devices which monitor older people data on their behavioral, cognitive and physiological status. Such data is meant to be stored, processed and analysed on a cloud core system and made available on the FrailSafe online Platform, to which families and doctors have access in order to monitor and assess the accumulated information. A decision-making mechanism then evaluates the data on older people’s conditions and sends notification alerts.
ICT4Life was presented by Alejandro Sánchez-Rico de Heras, from Artica Telemedicina, who stressed out the radically new approach offered by ICT4Life regarding self-care and integrated care for patients affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Thanks to user-friendly ICT tools like apps, movement sensors and a Smart TV, ICT4Life creates connection between patients, care-givers and healthcare professionals. Indeed, support from caregivers is often necessary and requires communication, cooperation and sharing of information. ICT4Life solutions are:
- A platform that creates a unique source of information and gather all care stakeholders,
- Sensors to monitor the disease evolution at home and other locations, thanks to patient tracking and follow-up of symptoms evolution,
- Artificial Intelligence is used to analyse the obtained data to understand patients’ situation and adapt the treatment in consequence.
- Interfaces adapted to patients for a better self-management and empowerment. They include social interaction and communication with caregivers and professionals who can coordinate themselves and share knowledge.
i-PROGNOSIS was presented by Manuel Pacheco, from PLUX wireless biosignals, who emphasized that Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder which lacks early effective diagnosis and treatment solutions. i-PROGNOSIS aims to address these gaps through an ICT-based approach involving machine learning, wearable biosensors and novel interventions. Eventually, i-PROGNOSIS will develop a software-as-a-service model, including a smartphone app for Parkinson’s early detection.
After the presentations of the projects, a speed-dating session was organised together with a social drink.