November 1st 2016 the CORAL network includes 40 European partner regions and a few candidates.
Province of Noord-Brabant
The province of Noord-Brabant is one of the most innovative regions in Europe in which high tech and high touch go hand in hand. A combination of design-thinking, social innovation and high tech is practised to deal with societal challenges and to create new business opportunities. The region is a European 3* reference site part of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Brabant has the aspiration to be a Region of Smart Health in 2020, which is all about up scaling smart solutions for independent living, integrated care and life sciences. Noord-Brabant is working via its ‘Smart Health 2020′ programme on the triple win: to improve the quality of life of its citizens, to realise a future proof care system and to create business opportunities for our innovative companies. The region will ensure that all citizens in the province have access to affordable smart solutions in 2020.
Because the scale of a region is too small to solve all barriers for implementation Brabant has worked with European partners for many years. There is almost no difference between our programme in Brabant and our European activities. More and more of our regional partners are working in our European network. And we integrate our European activities within our actions in Brabant. Essential for our European effort is the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) and the Community of Regions for Assisted Living (Coral) from which all other projects like CASA and ENGAGED and activities are derived. Our main driver is to contribute to a European learning community for implementation and up scaling of smart solutions for Active and Healthy Ageing.
Learn more and see these videos from the province and several of our SME’s:
The Veneto Region located in the North East of Italy has 4,936 million inhabitants. It is the third wealthiest Region in Italy (9,2% of national GDP). It is one of the Region who chose to prioritize social and health investments as shown by a recent survey lead by the “Università degli studi Roma Tor Vergata” which puts the Veneto Regional health System in the first place linked the performance index.
The Region is divided into 7 provinces and provides health and social services through 9 Local Social and Health Units and 2 hospital trusts. The Local Social and Health Units are responsible for managing contacts with GPs and directly manage polyclinics, hospitals and other health care and social services outlets. Local Social and Health Units as well as Hospital Trusts are managed by a general Director appointed by the Regional Government. 581 municipalities are participating in the integrated health and Social system of the Veneto Region. The Region has skills and experience in training the social and health staff: it is responsible for delivering professional courses and updating the qualification of staff already employed in the public and private bodies.
Lombardy Region Presidency Delegation to the EU
Primary contact person is Valentina Pinna:
+32 02 518 76 05
West Sweden, Region Halland
Region Halland is a small region with 300.000 inhabitants situated between Göteborg and Malmö on the Swedish west coast. By far the largest part of Region Halland’s activities revolves around healthcare. About 92 per cent of the region’s budget is allocated to healthcare-related issues, and almost 80 per cent of our approximately 7,500 employees work with activities pertaining to healthcare. We operate, among other things, two emergency care hospitals, 24 local medical centres and 20 public dental clinics. Furthermore we help to finance healthcare activities that are carried out by private care givers.
The region has a very good starting point for future development of the health care system. For example, the inhabitants of Halland live longer than anywhere else in Sweden. The average life expectancy in the region is almost 83 for women and 78 for men. Our inhabitants are healthier than the average Swede. Eight of ten people who live in Halland also describe their state of health as good or very good. That is the joint best result in the country (a position we share with the inhabitants of Stockholm). The inhabitants of Halland are very satisfied with their healthcare system. They have a high level of confidence in the healthcare provided, they feel that they have access to the healthcare they require, and they feel that the waiting times are reasonable.
Region Halland meets the same challenge as all other regions when it comes to an ageing population. We run a Health Technology Centre in cooperation with the University in Halmstad where companies, research and the health care organisations meet to develop new solutions for the future.
Health Technology Centre in Halland has the resources to support the development of products and services within the Health Technology area. The work involves a number of different groups and organisations: Municipalities and county councils, companies, researchers, hospital administrators and care providers, relatives and students.
South Denmark European Office
The Region of Southern Denmark
The Region of Southern Denmark consists of 22 municipalities, and covers a geographical area of 12,206 square kilometres stretching from Vejle in the north to Padborg in the south, and from Esbjerg in the west to Nyborg in the east. With a population of 1.2 million the region is the third most populous region in Denmark. Besides being home to Denmark’s third largest university, the University of Southern Denmark, one of Scandinavia’s largest and most innovative hospitals, the Odense University Hospital, is also based in the region. The Region of Southern Denmark is reference site in the EIP on AHA. The Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark facilitates European projects so as Renewable health and Smart care. The region also hosts the national company cluster on E-health, Welfare Tech, and the national Living Lab Denmark.
Flanders Care - Department of Welfare, Public Health and Family
The Welfare, Public Health and Family policy area employs a workforce of approximately 4000 civil servants. Their most important task: to work daily to improve citizens’ welfare and health, in Flanders and in Brussels. They prepare the Minister’s policy and implement it in the fields of social welfare, elderly people, health, persons with disabilities, youth welfare and family. The policy area comprises a department and seven agencies. The department and three of these agencies (Flemish Agency for Youth Welfare, Flemish Agency for Care and Health, and the Flemish Care Inspectorate) constitute the Flemish Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Family. The Ministry employs approximately 1600 civil servants. Furthermore, there are also the following agencies: Child and Family, the Flemish Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Public Psychiatric Care Centre Rekem and the Public Psychiatric Care Centre Geel. As a part of Coral Flanders Region has worked in the Department of Welfare, Public Health and Family is Lead Partner of the INTERREG IVC CASA project; member of EIP AHA, action group D4; our Agency for Care and Health is member of Euregha. Flanders has also worked in the Department of Welfare, Public Health and Family is one of the founding members of Coral.
Knowledge Center Social Europe
Knowledge Center Social Europe
Knowledge Center Social Europe (KCSE) informs, advises and coordinates the not-for-profit sector in Flanders regarding the EU (social) policies. We work on EU-policies (mainly addressed to umbrellas of social enterprises in the health and social field) and we help on developing European funded projects. Assisted living and care technology is one of our working domain (for which Coral is our key network).
Knowledge Center Social Europe is an NGO itself and works in close cooperation with the Flemish Department for Welfare, Public Health and Family.
East Sweden Region
East Sweden is the county of Östergötland, where the main cities are Norrköping and Linköping. The Region’s most important activity is the provision health care services to the residents of Östergötland.
Health care in the county consists of local care and specialist care. Within local health services, there are about 40 public and private medical centers, all of which operate on behalf of Region Östergötland. Specialist medical care is provided by the University Hospital in Linköping, Vrinnevisjukhuset in Norrköping, and Motala Hospital.
Within the area of highly specialised care, Region Östergötland also has regional and a national responsibilities. This means that Region Östergötland receives patients from the larger South Eastern health care region, as well as from the whole of Sweden for some areas of specialist care.
Region Östergötland is also responsible for regional development issues within the county, including long-term and sustainable growth within the region. This means responsibility for regional data and the implemention of measures in areas such as town planning, skills acquisition, entrepreneurship, tourism, culture, public education and public health.
Regional development is also about the many different issues that concern and affect residents in Östergötland. Therefore Region Östergötland works together with, for example, the county municipalities, government agencies and organizations to develop and make Östergötland more attractive. This means driving development even within various areas for which the Region itself is not responsible, or for which it cannot completely control the outcome. Our work in these cases is carried out through a clear regional leadership based on interaction with parties who can contribute to the development that is desired within each area.
Regional Ministry of Health Andalusia
Andalusia (located in the south of Spain) is one of the largest regions of Europe, with a population of 8.5 million inhabitants and an area of 87,597km2. Life expectancy is 84.5 years for women and 78.72 for men. The population over 65 years exceeds 1.3 M and its growth represents both a challenge and an opportunity for our region, similar to other territories in Europe.
The Regional Ministry of Health of Andalusia is the department of the Andalusian Government responsible for public health, health policy, planning and regulation, healthcare management and provision in Andalusia, as well as the leadership of the Andalusian Public Healthcare System (APHS).
The APHS is responsible for the provision of healthcare to all the population in the region. It is a wide network based on a high-quality, patient-centred, accessible care. There are two levels of care: primary healthcare, the gatekeeper, with 1,500 primary centres spread throughout the territory and grouped in Health Districts, the managerial unit at this level of care. The healthcare network also includes 47 public hospitals (93% of all inpatient beds in the region) with different complexity. There are around one hundred thousand health professionals. As part of the Spanish Health System, it is funded by taxes and predominantly operates within the public sector. Provision is free of charge at the point of care with the exception of part of the medication.
The Andalusian Health Plan states the overarching goals of the health policy and is passed by the Regional Government. It states the way Health in All Policies strategy is implemented in all departments of the Regional Government.
Comunitat Valenciana Region
Comunitat Valenciana Region is represented by Polibienestar and Instituto ITACA:
The region of Valencia (East Spain) is one of the 17 Autonomous Communities of Spain, located in central and south-eastern Iberian Peninsula. Valencia is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain, with a population of 814,208 people in 2009. Most health care costs (71%) are paid by public funds (raised primarily through taxes). The autonomous communities manage the 89.81% of public health resources, while central government spends 3% of them and the municipalities manage to 1.25%. Health care is the most important competition of the regions. On average, accounts for 30% of its total budget.
- Regarding the Valencian Community, due to its geographic and climatologic conditions and its healthy life style, it has become a place of interest for many people coming from other places. In the year 2008, 847,339 foreigners lived in the Community. Among those, the most numerous group came from the European Union (54%), of which the 16.8% were older than 65. Because of its characteristics, this population group presents a high percentage of socio-health problems, which have to be managed either by the Regional Health System or by private hospitals. The Valencia region has a large ecosystem around the triple helix (university, industry, government) focused on health and social care. The Valencia region is one of the 12 ‘3 stars award’ Europeans region in the initiative ‘EIP- Active Healthy Ageing’.
Zealand Denmark EU Office
The Region of Zealand
ZealandDenmark is dedicated to ensuring that the health system in the Region of Zealand is capable of giving a high quality service to the citizens. Especially the growing number of elderly is a challenge which the stakeholders of ZealandDenmark – the region and its 17 municipalities – are keen on finding solutions for. In 2014, The Region of Zealand spends approximately 2,1 billion Euros on health care for the region’s 800,000 inhabitants. Welfare Innovation Zealand is a network organisation of 17 (out of 98) Danish municipalities, and thereby public procurers, in the field of eHealth and assisted living services. Health Innovation Zealand (SIS) is an independent centre under The Unit of Regional Development for the Region of Zealand. The purpose of the centre is to contribute to the development of the healthcare services and thereby enhance business development in the region. The Region of Zealand is a member of working group B3 on integrated care in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA). The Region of Zealand is a two-star reference site within the EIP on AHA since 2016.
Brussels Office Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (IT)
The Friuli Venezia Giulia
The Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) is an autonomous Region located in the North East of Italy with an area of 7.845 square kilometres and a population of 1.218.985 (24,7 % of citizens are over 65). The FVG Region is one of the first Italian Regions to have adopted a regional law on AHA (Regional Law nr. 22/2014). With reference to planning and programming a regional permanent panel on AHA has been set up to implement the regional law. The law is based on a 3 year strategy, which is implemented every year through an Annual implementation plan.
- At European level the FVG Region is reference site in the EIP on AHA . FVG participation in EU projects linked to AHA: Smart Care, CASA, HELPS, AFEINNOVNET, ITHACA. The FVG Region is a member of the Covenant on Demographic change.
- At national level the Region is a member of PROMIS, a programme focused on health and social affairs with the aim of linking the Italian Regions with national and EU Institutions. The Region is also included in the National Technological Cluster for Living Environments (TAV) through the so called “ FVG as a L@B”
- At regional level the “Smart health” has been recognized as one of the pillar of the FVG RIS3. AAL is one of the development trajectory.
As a result of the participation in the event “Science meets Regions” a Regional chart on AHA has been recently adopted in order to facilitate the dialogue between the scientific community and the policy makers in the field of ageing.
The Region of Extremadura
The Region of Extremadura
The Extremadurean Regional Ministry of Health and Social Policies is a public institution (part of the Regional Government of Extremadura, Spain) that manages the services for Healthcare (SES; Regional Healthcare System) and Elderly and Dependency care (SEPAD; sociosanitary field) in the autonomous region of Extremadura (Spain). Extremadura Healthcare Service (SES) is the Healthcare System in Extremadura that involves 14 hospitals with around 3000 beds, 113 Community Health Centers, 420 Primary care Centers and over 18000 professionals. SES is managed by a powerful Healthcare Information System (JARA) that provides 100% electronic prescription and an integrated medical record (primary and specialized care). In addition, SES is very active in developing different tele-care and mHealth programs in order to cover all the population in Extremadura (over a million of people), which is very aged and dispersed. SEPAD is the service that promotes actions to prevent and manage situations of dependency that affects the most vulnerable groups of population. It covers functions of administration and management services, developing and coordinating social policies about disabled and elderly people. The functions of SEPAD are related to care dependent people and promote different actions focused on healthy lifestyle for senior people. SEPAD involves Nursing Homes, Day Care Centers, Senior Centers and other aged-friendly resources. SEPAD also collaborates with private institutions in order to guarantee a correct care for older people. The institution have been acting as a perfect living lab for validation of different approaches and processes, providing also the end-users for the product obtained in the different projects.
FundeSalud is the Public Foundation (non-profit) depending on the Government of Extremadura that manages both research and training programs at SES and SEPAD. In addition, FundeSalud works in collaboration with UEx (University of Extremadura) and other public or private research centers, providing resources, staff and facilities to develop any biomedical research activity in Extremadura.
The Foundation FUNDECYT Science and Technology Park of Extremadura (FUNDECYT-PCTEX is a non profit organisation with the aim of contributing to the social and economic exploitation of science and technology in the region, fostering innovative entrepreneurship, supporting and promoting scientific and technological development and a better use of research and innovation outcomes.
The University of Extremadura in collaboration with research groups in SES and SEPAD provides the expertise in basic and applied research in health and sociosanitary field, including multidisciplinary expertise in clinical research, IC and robotics.
Wielkopolska is one of the largest regions in Poland with a population of 3.4 mln inhabitants. It is also one of the fastest growing areas in the EU. The regional capital and biggest city is Poznan – a centre of science, business and culture, as well as an important transport hub.
The region takes numerous initiatives in the field of active and healthy ageing as the forecasts show that its population will age at a fast pace in the coming decades. The regional authorities draw particular attention to boosting and supporting innovation in healthcare. ICT and innovation technologies in medicine have become one of the areas included in the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS3). Having regard to ageing society and spreading diseases of affluence, the region supports development of new technologies in healthcare and pharmaceutics, promotes preventive healthcare and invests in personalised medicine, efficient diagnostics and treatments.
One of the institutions engaged in creating a new approach in the integrated care in Wielkopolska is Regional Centre for Social Policy (ROPS), which co-ordinates the social policy in the region. It is responsible for inspiring and promoting new solutions for the social policy and it has developed such regional initiatives as ‘Regional Programme for the Elderly’ and ‘Programme for Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities’. ROPS has implemented a number of projects supported by both national and European programmes, such as ‘Consortium for Assistive Solutions Adoption’ (CASA) co-financed from Interreg IVC Programme.
Department of Health, Basque Country
The Basque Country is represented by KRONIKGUNE:
Primary Contact person: Ane Fullaondo Zabala
Contact person: Esteban de Manuel
Kronikgune is an international excellence centre in research on chronicity, who entrusts institutional representation on international projects and actions aimed at developing products and services and their deployment for the whole Basque population (2,2M inhabitants). The aim of this research centre is to enable innovative practices and the structured generation of scientific evidence regarding chronicity and health services sustainability.
Kronikgune consists of more than 300 researchers belonging to the Basque Public Health System (Osakidetza) grouped into 31 research groups. The scientific research program followed by these research groups is clustered into 6 interconnected areas: population focus, health promotion and disease prevention, patient autonomy, continuity of care, adapted interventions and research on results.
Kronikgune has strong experience in the coordination and management of different European projects related to implementation of integrated care, care coordination, large-scale deployment of telemedicine and telecare solutions, future internet technology-based eHealth services and patient empowerment. Thereby, Kronikgune is involved in different European projects (ASSESHS, Carewell, Mastermind, United4health, Smartcare, ACT, FI-STAR and Engaged). In addition, KRONIKGUNEparticipates in EIP-AHA working groups.
Puglia Region-EU Liaison Office
Puglia Region by means of the Department of Economic Development, Education, Training and Employment (DoE), manages the competitiveness and innovation policies in favor of the Apulian production systems, oversees the regional policies for economic development, implementation of programs, development of knowledge and support for scientific research, technological innovation , university and educational system. The Department, through the implementation of policies for the development of the educational system, youth policies, social citizenship and for supporting advanced training, has the task of leading the Apulian training and educational university system in order to prepare citizens of tomorrow in relation to the needs of the labor market, the economic development and the regional innovation system. DoE facilitates and supports the internationalization of production systems and interregional co-operations, and undertakes planning and management of the ESI Funds policy. Together with the Regional Department of Healthcare (DoH) Puglia Region is responsible for organizing the entire regional healthcare system in order to guarantee the adequate delivery of healthcare services ensuring the implementation of policies for health promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, the organization and planning of the Regional Health Service, as well as the management of the integrated welfare system. The DoH is also responsible, in particular, of gender policies and equal opportunities for all, to program and administer community care, hospital and specialist, to manage aspects of the accreditation of health facilities, the implementation of policies sport for all and active citizenship, control and monitoring of associations and service companies to people, to cure the centralized management of information and financial aspects of the system. The Department is also empowered to implement innovative initiatives proposed by the corresponding Strategic Agency for Health (ARES) aimed at improving social welfare and health care.
Land Baden-Württemberg, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Families, Women and Senior Citizens
The state of Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg is located in the southwest of Germany. It is Germany’s third largest state in terms of size and population, with an area of 35,742 square kilometres (13,800 sq mi) and 10.7 million inhabitants. The state capital and largest city is Stuttgart. Focal areas for growth within the economy of Baden-Württemberg extend beyond classical sector and industry boundaries, offering enormous potential for innovation. These include primarily four future areas: Sustainable mobility, environmental technology and resource efficiency, health and healthcare as well as embedded systems and IT services. In these areas, the State benefits from a close-meshed network of research institutes, and also its many production and research clusters. In addition to that Baden-Württemberg is home to some of the oldest, most renowned and prestigious universities in Germany, such as the universities of Heidelberg, Freiburg and Tübingen.
Castilla y León region is represented by two organisations: Social Services Regional Managing Authority and INTRAS Foundation.
Social Services Regional Managing Authority
Castilla y León Region
Castilla y León is an Autonomous Community in north-western Spain. It is one of the largest regions in Europe, but also one of the most depopulated; representing approximately 20% of the total surface of Spain and only 5.29% of its population. Regarding its socio-demographic characteristics, it should be highlighted that elderly people (aged 65 or over) represents 24.17% of its population, being the region with the highest rate of elderly people at national level. At the same time, the highest rates of elderly people are linked to small municipalities and rural areas. In addition to all the aforementioned, Castilla y León is also a region with one of the highest national dependency ratio.
The Social Services Regional Managing Authority of the Castilla y León Regional Government (GSS) is responsible for the design, planning and management of social services. It promotes support and care for families, children, young people and seniors, develops preventive programmes, and stimulates health and social integration of people suffering from dependency and exclusion. The Social Services System of Castilla y León consists of all public administrations of the region – at regional, provincial and local level – third sector organizations and private entities, which allows a maximum territorial implementation of social services, the proper structuring between basic and proximity services and specialised services, the efficiency in resource allocation, optimal coefficients between spending and coverage rates of benefits and services and a quick capacity for reaction and response.
INTRAS is a non-profit organisation founded in August 1994 whose main aim is to improve the quality of life of people suffering from mental disorders, disabled people and elderly people. To this end, its major services and activities fall into two main categories: social and social health care as well as research, development of technologies and innovation in Brain Sciences. INTRAS has solid experience both in the field of European projects and in the development of new technologies and programmes for the cognitive rehabilitation of people suffering of mental illness. It has coordinated and participated as member in a large number of European and national R&D projects in brain sciences, HEALTH Programme, IV and VI Framework Programme, Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, and cooperation projects with Latin America. INTRAS also has an extensive experience running projects at the educational and social level in European programmes such as Equal, Interreg, Socrates, Lifelong Learning, Daphne and Youth.
Govern de les Illes Balears
The Balearic Islands is an archipelago of four islands:
The Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands is a Spanish autonomous region of four islands located in the Mediterranean Sea. In recent years it has seen a big increase in the elderly population. This increase is shortly going to be unsustainable and therefore some new policies and partnerships are required.
Estonian Connected Health Cluster
Connected Health is a country-wide partnership between health related stakeholders in Estonia, who are committed to accelerating the adoption of connected health solutions, at scale internationally on commercial terms. Cluster brings together 70+ partners, including 43 companies (start-ups, health IT, medtech, biotech and pharma), R&D partners (universities and technology competence centres), health and wellness service providers (hospitals, GPs, occupational health, spas, fitness and sports), patient organisations and user communities, and public sector (ministries responsible for healthcare and entrepreneurship, national health insurance, national e-health development agency). Cluster is part of the European Connected Health Alliance and ScanBalt network.
Start-up nation. Estonia is well-known for its e-developments as well as a growing source of globally born high-tech unicorn start-ups like Transferwise or Skype. Our shared vision is to transform Estonia to the best place in the world for starting up and developing innovative health tech companies.
Connected Health connects you with the Estonian health innovation ecosystem – we help you to find information or partners, so you can start taking advantage of the unique environment Estonia offers.
The Marshal Office of the Malopolska Region
The Malopolska Region
The Malopolska Region has been involved in many interregional projects with a wide scope of interest: innovation, transfer of technologies, clusters, low carbon economy, silver economy, demographic changes, e-health and telemedicine. Exchanging experiences and knowledge helped to struggle with structural problems that the region faced at the beginning of Polish membership in the EU. Our staff is experienced in INTERREG IIIC and IVB / IVC Programmes. We have a database and relations with regional stakeholders in different areas: the agency of regional development, clusters, technological parks, hospitals, universities, seniors’ clubs.
In reference to Coral interests, Malopolska Region has been involved in these projects: People, Regional Telemedicine Forum and Adapt2DC.
La Marche Region EU Office
La Marche Region
Marche Region is primarily based on an industrial structure: it is one of the top 15 to 25 industrialized regions in the EU with high business density (one active firm for every 10 inhabitants vs. 1:15 in Italy and 1:25 in the EU) dominated by strongly interconnected MSMEs divided into in 27 specialized clusters and with high propensity to foreign trade. Four Universities are located in its territory, the unemployment rate lower than Italian & EU average and the life expectancy of over 85 is among the highest in Italy and Europe.
Within such scenario, since 2008 SVIM has been called to play the role of catalyst for the most of the public and private actors of the local ecosystems, especially regarding the crystallization and internationalization of regional clusters specialized in ambient intelligence technologies and smart manufacturing. Moreover, in the last 2 years SVIM has been maturing high skills in the drafting and management of innovation voucher transnational schemes (dedicated to the local young researchers, start up or traditional MSMEs wishing to replace on more innovative markets) that are collecting widespread appreciation by EU Commission. Also, regarding the just started programming period, SVIM has been committed to support regional authority in the reinforcement of the innovation capacity of local clusters and their aligning with the smart specialization strategy adopted after negotiation with EC through cross-sectoral and cross-border collaborations with other EU/International clusters to favorite the development of emerging sectors and renovated value chains (like home automation, sustainable manufacturing and mechatronics).
Stockport is based in England’s North West in Greater Manchester and has a population of 280,000 people. The local municipality has a long term record of working in partnerships in Europe. It has received funding for projects through Interreg (5), Grundtvig, Ambient Assitive Living, ICT PSP (2), FP7 and Horizon 2020. It aims at developing successful projects and partnerships, working directly with the commission. It has a strong record of work in the field of Active Ageing, dissemination and end user involvement. It has been leading on several work packages and has a keen interest in Telehealth, Telecare and robotics.
Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare
Contact person: Andrea Pavlikova
Contact person: Tracy McMillan
The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare
The Centre was established to support and guide the development of telehealth and telecare throughout Scotland. This involves working across boundaries with industry, academia, local authorities, NHS Boards and voluntary and independent sectors to develop recognised models for redesigning health and care services
The Centre’s role is to provide support and advice to all these key stakeholders, and to help evaluate the potential benefits of new technologies, with the aim of making Scotland a recognised global leader in telehealth and telecare. Specifically the Centre was tasked with –
- Disseminating best practice
- Providing practical support, both clinical and technical
- Co-ordinating the evaluation of projects
- Evaluating the impact of telehealth telecare on service redesign
- Developing inter-operable standards and protocols
Visit the Telehealth and Telecare Knowledge portal to find out more about the Learning Network, webcasts and events.
Central Denmark Region
Central Denmark Region
Central Denmark Region is responsible for the greater part of public health service in the region. Our primary tasks are the operation of regional hospitals, general practitioners and practising specialists. Physiotherapy, specialist dental treatment, chiropractic and psychological aid are also amongst the services available within the health care services. Another task is the organisation of the emergency medical service, including ambulance and emergency physician services. Central Denmark Region also has research, developmental and training commitments, as well as shared assignments and collaboration with municipal authorities.
In Central Denmark Region we aim to further develop public health service through: 1) Improving the general standard of public health, 2) Providing an effective and coherent service to our citizens, in cooperation with authorities and key partners in the area of health and 3) Ensuring that the health service of Central Denmark Region is characterized by efficiency and quality at all levels and within all areas, and that our citizens demands and expectations to health services are met. The area of health in Central Denmark Region has approx. 20.000 doctors, nurses and other health care professionals employed at the 10 regional hospitals. We have experience in European research projects as well as a long tradition for working with SMEs on innovation projects and some experience with pre-commercial procurement projects.
North West Coast of England, Academic Health Science Network
North West Coast Academic Health Science Network
The North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN) is connecting innovation and health, working with the NHS, academia and industry to accelerate the adoption and spread of innovation across Cheshire, Merseyside, South Cumbria and Lancashire.
The organisation is one of 15 academic health science networks in England and its primary goal is to ensure that the most advanced treatments, technologies and medicines are being made available to patients. The Network has six clinical priorities – cancer, cardiac, child and maternal health, long-term conditions, mental health and stroke. It also holds the national lead for telehealth/telecare/telemedicine; infection and tropical disease; personalised medicine; neurological conditions and procurement.
The AHSN is pioneering a new, innovative way of working. Our aim is to close the gap between best practice and current practice through collaborating with patients, the NHS, academia and industry to co-develop solutions to joint challenges. We are also providing strategic advice to businesses with products which would work in the NHS on how to access the market. We are delivering a step-change in the way the NHS identifies, develops and adopts new innovative products and services. We have a unique opportunity to align education, clinical research, informatics, innovation and healthcare delivery to improve patient care.
Tampere Region EU office
The city of Tampere
Tampere is the third largest city in Finland with about 222 000 inhabitants. The Tampere Region with its half a million inhabitants is the second largest region in Finland. Over half of the inhabitants of the city are in active working age and 17.5 % of inhabitants (about 39 000) are over 65 years old. The Tampere Region has a significant concentration of industry, research and development, education, commerce and services.
The city of Tampere is constantly seeking new approaches to develop age-friendliness and ways to measure their impact on the wellbeing of elderly people. TampereSenior is a strategic programme of the city for 2012 – 2020. It seeks to develop an operational model for an active life and healthy ageing in the City of Tampere and the Tampere Region working together with the elderly and other key partners. The objective is to develop more customer oriented services, to support more active life of the seniors and living at home longer. One of the examples of such projects is Härmälä Campus Model which aims to promote an accessible environment for the elderly people, allowing people to live in their homes longer by bringing services closer to them.
TampereSenior was a partner in the AFE-INNOVNET project under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP), which led to the founding of the European Covenant on Demographic Change. Tampere is an active partner in the covenant and deputy mayor Mikko Aaltonen is a member of the Covenant’s board. Tampere is also a member in WHO GNAFCC since 2012. Currently Tampere is a partner in Sustainable Ageing in Future Europe (SAFE) -project under Europe for Citizens and in Supporting the recognition of the Silver Economy in Europe in the Digital Era (SEED) -project under Horizon 2020.
University of Ljubljana
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences
Slovenia is represented by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Informatics. University of Ljubljana was established in 1919 and is a very large university with more than 63,000 students. The Faculty of Social Sciences is the largest multidisciplinary high education institution in the field of social sciences in Slovenia and one of the largest in Europe, founded in 1961. The Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) is a globally recognised research centre in the areas of internet society research and social science methodology. CSI focuses on different aspects of ICT in the society as a leverage of social change, as tools for research (e.g. survey methodology), as a generator of new service modes in social sub-systems and specializes in the field of analyses of specific sociological topics related to ICT also with a focus on ICTs for active ageing. CSI has been a project partner in more than 50 international projects (FP5, FP6, FP7, ESS, COST, PIAAC, LLP, Erasmus+, EU tenders…) related also to the fields of digital inequalities and ICTs for active ageing with a focus on studying the needs, use, usability and benefits related to smart solutions in healthcare and social care, serious games and mobile phones. CSI researchers’ research interests include also study of social and digital inclusion, intergenerational solidarity fostered by ICTs and measuring the dynamics of digital inequalities. CSI has been recognised also for its outstanding track-record of advanced applicative user-centred research on developing concrete ICT-based solutions in different sectors, also health and social care. CSI researchers publish for leading publishers and in highly cited journals.
Consellería de Sanidade de Galicia
Health Knowledge Agency, ACIS- Consellería de Sanidade- Galicia
In February of 2016, the Galician Health Ministry created a new public entity, The Health Knowledge Agency, ACIS. ACIS has been created in order to become the chief element of the health knowledge and innovation ecosystem in Galicia.
Knowledge is the most valuable tool of any health system. Experience, training, research, innovation and new technologies guarantee the constant improvement of the health practice. ACIS firmly believes that a comprehensively managed knowledge is critical to obtain maximum value as far as patients are concerned. To achieve this, ACIS will manage the health knowledge of the entire Galician Public Health System around 4 strategic areas:
• Training for healthcare professionals.
• Health research.
• Innovation from an open approach, not only for results to be transferred from the laboratory to hospital beds and also to the market, but also for them to generate economic returns that result in public health.
• Assessing technologies to ensure that the most innovative ones are applied in accordance with top security criteria.
Beside these 4 strategic areas, the Agency also includes a dedicated Management unit in charge finance, HR and administration
As an new entity created and attached to the Galician Health Ministry and Galician Healthcare Service provider the services and activities offered by ACIS are targeted to the 35.000 professionals that every day work in the Galician Health System. Management and activities are based on collaboration and participation with other units and departments of the Galician Administration like GAIN, the Galician Innovation Agency in charge of implementing the Galician RIS3 strategy and the Galician Ministry for Finance in charge of the management of ERDF funds.
Regional Development Agency of Dubrovnik Neretva County Dunea llc.
Dubrovnik Neretva Regional Development Agency
DUNEA llc was founded in 2006 on the initiative of the Dubrovnik Neretva Region and its basic role is to achieve sustainable development of the Region by using and valorising its cultural and natural resources as well as to improve and coordinate existing development activities. DUNEA currently employs staff specialized in culture, economy, health, tourism, agriculture, ICT, energy and education. DUNEA llc has portfolio of different types of projects delivered through cross border cooperation programs and projects, covering relevant economic, cultural and social sectors. Combination of years of experience in EU funded project management and fields of professions guarantee DUNEA’s competence.
Norrbotten County covers 25% of Sweden’s surface and approximately 250 000 inhabitants reside here (about 3% of Sweden’s population), which makes it a large and sparsely populated area. As many other regions in Europe, Norrbotten is undergoing dramatic demographic changes. In the next ten years Norrbotten foresees an increase of residents between the ages of 65-79 by 50%, from 42 000 to 63 000 in addition to its share of elderly being already 3% higher than the Swedish average. Norrbotten is a three-star reference site within the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA).
Norrbotten County Council is a public elected body and is responsible for and the main provider of health care, including primary health care in the county of Norrbotten. Besides health care, the NLL is also responsible for the dental care until the 19th year of the person.
The County Council is the county’s biggest employer with approximately 7000 employees, most of who work within the health care sector. Together with the County Administrative Board, the municipalities, companies and organizations, the County Council contributes to creating the conditions for regional development. For example, the County Council collaborates with the County Administrative Board to produce development plans, statistics and forecasts.
At the EU level, the County Council is the obvious partner for collaboration in regional development. Here, examples include e-health and issues concerning the effects of an ageing population.Norrbotten County Council is also a member of EHTEL and AER and through one of the county council board members, Mrs. Agneta Granström currently holds the presidency in committee 2 and the e-health network within AER.
Greater Stavanger is the formal CORAL member organization from the region, while the Stavanger Region European Office represents the region in Brussels.
Stavanger Region European Office
The Stavanger Region is the third largest city-region in Norway, with a population of 470 000. It is known as Norway’s energy and offshore capital, and also has a solid agricultural sector and a growing health care and welfare technology cluster. Like many regions in Europe, the Stavanger Region faces challenges related to health and demographic change, with a rapidly ageing population. The Stavanger Region was awarded Reference Site status through the EIP AHA in 2016, and also has several regional stakeholders that have submitted commitments to the partnership. It joined CORAL in 2016. Topics of interest include welfare technology, integrated care, public health, knowledge transfer between sectors, ICT-based solutions and innovative procurement.
INTERMUNICPAL DIGITAL COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL GREECE
INTERMUNICPAL DIGITAL COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL GREECE – DCCG /CITIES Net
The 10 main Municipalities of central Greece, which represent the capital of each one of the 10 counties in Greece and belonging to the Region of Central Greece, adopted in 2008 a strategy to unite their forces in order to adequately meet and serve local citizen and local authority needs. The 10 Municipalities are Karditsa, Lamia, Larissa, Katerini, Volos, Grevena, Trikala, Ioaninna, Kozani, Veria.CitiesNet, owned by the 10 Municipalities of the Digital Community of Central Greece, runs the e-services services under a framework agreement with the respective Municipalities.
For that purpose the decision was to a found an Intermunicipal Digital Community in Central Greece (DCCG) and establish a municipal enterprise (Cities Net) owned equally by each one of the 10 municipalities in order to execute the strategy adopted and realize the common vision. Today the DCCG is the first Digital Community in Greece aiming to achieve the adopted strategy.
The Region in Central Greece was one of the pioneers in implementing e-health and e-care care services and EU projects ( Renewing Health and United4Health) in collaboration with the 5th Regional Health Authority of Central Greece co-founded by EU , Prefecture of Thessaly and the Ministry of Health of Central Greece. DCCG-Cities Net will run and support the IoT services in Central Greece that will cover the needs in independent living, socialization, chronic care management and mobility of older adults that are supported by the health and social care service of the Municipalities in Central Greece, via the EU co-funded Horizon 2020 project ACTIVAGE.
Bretagne’s regional Partnership
Breton stakeholders working on the healthy ageing agenda have created a regional working group that will nourish the CORAL network activities. The partnership will focus on the following fields: health and well-being, support to SMEs, development and test of ICT solutions and social innovation.
This regional partnership is led by the regional health Cluster ID2Santé. Local authorities in charge of social and health policies are also part of the regional partnership. Their priority is to meet the needs of an ageing population and contribute to their well-being at home or in care institutions. They are looking for experience from other regions and are willing to offer pilot sites for innovative actions.
The members of the regional partnership are: ID2Santé, Côtes d’Armor Développement, the Conseil Départemental des Côtes d’Armor (CD22), the Conseil Départemental du Finistère (CD29) and the Conseil Départemental d’Ile et Vilaine (CD35).