AGE co-organised workshop on digital innovation in healthcare

The Occitanie Europe regional office hosted an engaging side event to the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Conference of Partners on 26 February 2018. AGE Platform Europe and HOPE invited three EU-funded H2020 projects FrailSafe, iPrognosis and ICT4Life to present their ICT-based solutions to public and private investors interested in exploiting innovative technologies in health and care.

The event was moderated by Sergio Ferreira, coordinator of the INNOLABS project and working for Norway Health Tech. After an introductory note from Occitanie Europe given by Marie Vaugeois reminding the participants about the potential of digital innovation to enhance healthcare in times of challenges through an ageing population Sergio set the scene for the event. Working for an EU project dedicated to support SMEs willing to launch their innovation to the health market, he stressed the factors that could explain the limiting use of new solutions and their uptake in the market before giving the floor to the three pitchers.

DigitalInnovationWorkshop_Feb2018_FrailSafe Vasilis Megalooikonomou from the University of Patras and coordinator of the FrailSafe project presented their solution, explaining the use of technical devices to gather frailty specific behavioural, cognitive and physiological data to be combined in a cloud system leading to the online FrailSafe Platform. When analysed, the Platform will be able to send tailored interventions, recommendations and alerts to delay the onset of frailty.

There was the chance to present the exploitation plan and business scenarios the consortium set up for the FrailSafe solution in front of potential investors. The moderator raised interesting questions to Vasilis on the data validation and on the cost-benefit analysis of the solution. As a result, a section of the website will be created in the coming weeks to collect the Frequently Asked Questions.

Manuel Pacheco from PLUX Biosignals pitched the i-PROGNOSIS proof of concept by showing the audience how phones are now smart enough to help detect early signs of Parkinson’s and improve the quality of life of people living with the disease. The project is indeed developing a smartphone application which supports unobtrusive data collection of all-day life situations to understand the symptoms of early onset of the disease better and support further research on the prevention of the condition.

The absence of blood test methods for early diagnosis and the high impact of non-medical interventions make the i-PROGNOSIS solutions even more needed both for people living with Parkinson’s and healthcare professionals. By using our smartphones are cheap pre-diagnosis tools, i-PROGNOSIS solutions have the potential to reach high impact for people’s quality of life.

The core aim of ICT4Life is self-management and enhanced integrated care for patients facing Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other dementia. This innovative smart ICT supported approach was presented by Alejandro Sánchez-Rico de Heras. The idea is to facilitate communication between patients, caregivers and health and care professionals with better outcomes.

To close the event, a social drink was organised for the audience to network with the picthers.

For further information

Agenda of the event is available here
FrailSafe presentation is available here
i-PROGNOSIS presentation is available here

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