Consortium Partners

EVERIS

Everis is a multinational consulting firm that offers its clients comprehensive business solutions covering all aspects of the value chain, from business strategy through to systems implementation. It is active in the sectors of Banking, Healthcare, Industry, Insurance, Media, Public Sector, Telecom and Utilities. Everis was established in Spain in 1996 as DMR Consulting, its name until October 2006. It started operating in Spain with the opening of an office in Madrid and Barcelona soon followed by expansion in Europe and Latin America. At present, the company has offices in Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia, La Coruña, Lisbon, Milan, Rome, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bogotá. Currently, Everis has over 11,000 employees in 25 offices in 14 countries and its annual turnover is 600 Million Euros.

Finally in January 2014, became part of NTT Data group, which enables everis to offer a wider range of solutions and services through increased capacity as well as technological, geographical, and financial resources, establishing the 5th worldwide ICT Company integrated by more than 70,000 employees and with presence in 41 countries.

Everis has already cooperated in several European funded projects (V-Chain, iDetecT4ALL, INFRA, REACT, COM2REACT, GPM, X-MOB, Ecosell, M-to-Guide, OPTIMI, SafeCity, CROSS, INSEC, ARGOS, District of Future, Multisensor, RRI, BaaS, CaaS) undertaking a wide range of activities such as industry reports and surveys, business plans, commercialization programs, integration developments and Coordination management.

http://www.everis.com/

SALUD (Servicio Aragonés de Salud – Sector Sanitario de Barbastro)

Servicio Aragones de Salud –Sector Sanitario Barbastro (SALUD) has worked in a very active manner since 2003 in the deployment of telemedicine solutions in the territory.

Thanks to several European projects, the sector was provided with devices and systems creating a niche of technology, communications and information systems needed to deploy telemedicine solutions across the area. Aragon territory was provided with a wide band communication network connecting all healthcare centres in the territory. Radio-frequency antennas were installed at Barbastro’s hospital, an image storage system for Aragón’s area (PACS), telemonitoring devices and videoconference systems were set up for the whole organisation.

Once the territory had been provisioned with technology, SALUD-Sector sanitario Barbastro worked on the deployment of basic telemedicine services, such as teleadvise, that allows a two-way communication between specialists to offer healthcare assistance across the whole territory. More services such as teleconsultations, teleradiology, telelaboratory, teleophthalmology and teleictus were created. All these services assist the total population of Aragón. Telederma has also being included in the porfolio of services available.

SALUD-Sector sanitario Barbastro has pushed forward the developing of policies on patient empowerment, based on the strategic lines of the SALUD. As an implantation of this strategic line, SALUD provides a webpage available for the whole population of Aragon, (www.saludinforma.es) where users have access to clinical and administrative online services to promote the self-management of their own health, the empowerment of users and ease the administrative procedures with the organization, The previous basic set of services was broadened with a very much wider portfolio of services that permits users to have a more active role in the management of their own health. Some examples are the booking a consultation with a primary care doctor or accessing the summary of the EHR and clinical results.

There are other innovative initiatives ongoing to provide integrated care supported by ICT. One of them is the deployment of integrated care services to chronic elders in Aragon for prevention and therapeutic acute destabilizations in Emergency units, throughout the European SMARTCARE project, and for the treatment of mental disorders, throughout the MASTERMIND project. Both projects rely on ICT for the provision ot the services.

http://sectorbarbastro.salud.aragon.es/es/

COMARCA DE SOMONTONO DE BARBASTRO

The Aragonese Law 4/2002, of March 25, created the Comarca of Somontano de Barbastro. It is a territorial local entity with legal personality and has the capacity and autonomy to fulfill its purposes.

The entity is responsible for the execution of works, provision of services and management activities supramunicipal cooperating with municipalities that comprise it in fulfilling its own purposes. It also represents the interests of the population and territory comprised within the district boundaries, in defense of solidarity and balance in Aragón.

The same law attributed the possibility of exercising own competence in 18 subjects. Currently, the Comarca has competence in the following areas: Social Action, Culture, Sports, Youth, Cultural Heritage and Folklore, Promotion of Tourism, Civil Protection and Prevention and Fire Fighting Services, Collection and Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste.

Comarca of Somontano is the Local Social Service and it is in charge of the Social Action area in the region. This is the gateway to the Public Social Services System, one of the basic pillars of the welfare state.

One of the most important services in its Basic Benefits catalogue is the Home Assistance program which is a community benefit oriented to provide assistance to families or people living alone with difficulties to mantein their social, physical and psychological welfare; being provided the possibility of remaining in their home environment while it is possible and convenient. The service is open to everyone living in Somontano as a way to either provide or look for solutions to meet the needs and social.

http://www.somontano.org/

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. and Fraunhofer FIT

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. is a link between science and industry, between research and the application of its results. It was founded in Munich in 1949 as a non-profit registered association. The organisation takes its name from Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787—1826), the successful Munich researcher, inventor and entrepreneur. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is an autonomous organization with a decentralised organisational structure, which currently maintains 67 institutes and research units in locations throughout Germany and other countries. The majority of its nearly 24,000 employees are qualified scientists and engineers. Its current annual research budget totals . €2.1 billion, from which €1.7 billion is generated through contract research with industry and from publicly financed research projects, being the leading organisation of institutes of applied research and development in Europe.

The Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT) helps to shape the future with novel, user-oriented products. Fraunhofer FIT has a staff of about 120 researchers from Computer Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, Biology, Business Administration and Economics. They work in interdisciplinary teams and combine insights from computer science and engineering with input from other fields. Our specific strength is a comprehensive user-centred system design process, from test and validation of concepts to the handover of sustainable and performant systems. FIT's current research relevant to the proposal focuses on:

  • Software engineering, with special emphasis on optimizing Human-Computer Interaction, web compliance and quality assurance of web applications and services, mobile Web and standardisation activities.
  • ICT solutions targeted to improve the quality of life of patients through innovative m-health applications that support as well medical personnel through the combination of new technologies for decision support systems and health management applications.
  • Semantic Web and integration of Big Data technologies for the analysis of complex datasets in environments such as health applications, Internet of Things or Smart Cities, among others.
  • Ambient Assistive Living (AAL) systems to support the independence and autonomy of our ageing population by ubiquitous and wearable systems that can be customised and adapted to the needs of the different target user groups.
  • Cooperation tools for effective organizational collaboration and to support social networks.
  • Business applications in the private and public sector, in particular micro-analytic simulation to assess the impact of tax legislation as well as (risk) analysis and efficiency improvement of complex business processes, e.g., with analysis and decision support tools.

The Web Compliance Center of Fraunhofer FIT offers its consultancy services to the public and private sector, while it continues its research and innovation efforts in the areas of Semantic Web; mobile Web (user/device modelling); m-health; data analytics; usability, accessibility and quality assurance of information and communication technologies; multimodal interfaces and biofeedback sensors. The center is also known for its success in bringing research results to the market, as demonstrated with the imergo® Web Compliance Suite that received in 2004 the Design for All Award in the area of Employment and Professional Life granted by the European Commission.

Fraunhofer FIT will be mainly responsible for the development of several modules of the POLYCARE platform and some other software components and tools. Additionally, Fraunhofer FIT will strongly contribute to the development of machine learning algorithms for the data analysis components, to the standardisation efforts of the project to facilitate the uptake of its results, and to the user evaluation and validation work-packages because of the background of several team members in this area.

http://www.fit.fraunhofer.de/

University Hospital Bonn Clinical Study Core Unit of the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology of the Study Center Bonn in cooperation with the Institut of General Practice and Family Medicine

The Study Center Bonn (SCB) is an association of all the departments and facilities of the University Hospital Bonn (UHB) performing clinical studies. The SCB consists of the Clinical Study Centers of the different hospitals/departments (such as the Institute of General Practice and Family Medicine), the Clinical Study Core Unit, the Phase I-Unit and administrative departments. It was established to perform clinical studies of scientific and methodical excellence while ensuring the safety and rights of the trial subjects in compliance with all applicable legal requirements. In order to ensure the safety of the trial subjects and guarantee high data quality, the conduct of a clinical study is closely regulated by national and European legislation and internationally accepted quality standards. Thus, the level of medical and scientific knowledge, study-specific expertise, organization as well as financial and time resources required for a clinical study of high quality must not be underestimated. The SCB conducts investigator-initiated trials (IITs) as well as company sponsored trials during all phases of clinical development regulated by the German Medicine Act or the Medical Devices Act.

The Clinical Study Core Unit of the Study Center Bonn (SZB) as part of the UHB assists and coordinates the planning, preparation and conduct of clinical studies in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP). This includes aspects of the actual study conduct and project management. It also assists the individual Clinical Study Centers in the development and establishment of their structures. As member of the KKSnetwork (www.kks-netzwerk.de) which is the German Scientific Partner of the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN ERIC) (www.ecrin.org) the SCB has been involved in numerous clinical trials of all phases for medicinal products and medical devices in different indications. The involved staff has longstanding experience in the support, coordination and conduct of clinical trials. The Clinical Study Core Unit is part of the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology which unites these two related disciplines for an effective work in research, teaching and patient care. It houses the central laboratory of the UoB performing all the laboratory services relevant for a maximum care hospital and the basic research laboratories renowned for their work in the field of immunology.

The Institute of General Practice and Family Medicine (www.ukb.uni-bonn.de/allgemeinmedizin) and the the Study Center Bonn cooperate in this project and forms the link between practicing family medicine, academic teaching and research. The institute has established a wide network in the area of Bonn and organizes the training association for board certification for general medicine of the University of Bonn. It is involved in several studies based on health care research (e.g. AgeCoDe, AgeMooDe, MultiCare, PräNosInAA). The network enables general practitioners to increase both the quality and the education of young general practitioners in the field of research. This network gives GPs the opportunity to be part of research that is linked to the problems of their daily work.

http://www.studienzentrum-bonn.de/

ECHOSANTÉ

ECHOSANTE is a non-profit private association that was created in 2003 to perform integrated care services and innovative projects in its catchment area. Nowadays, it includes two main services authorized by the ARS (Regional Health Agency from the MidiPyrenées Region) as well as a recent Innovation Unit:

  • HAD Unit (Hospital at Home Service).
  • MAIA method for the coordination of the local stakeholders network providing care to elderly people in complex health and social care situations.
  • INNOVATION UNIT in the field of Connected Health, Independent Living and Active Ageing and Accessibility of Technolgies:

The ECHOSANTE HAH services started in 2007 and were built upon a collaborative hospital-city network. The coordination amongst the different stakeholders is evolving since then towards an integrated care, progressively being developed in the catchment area. Intrinsically, the HAH practice involves comprehensive and coordinated care, gathering together social and health professionals coming from different public and private organizations and structures in the territory. The multidisciplinary team is composed of liberal doctors, nurses, formal and non-formal caregivers, pharmacists, psychologists, geriatrists, physiotherapists, medical equipment providers, ergo-therapists, palliative care providers, social services, catering providers, domiciliary carers, etc. All these professional profiles are deeply involved and coordinated in the HAH care pathway according to the organization’s missions. Namely, these are: to avoid or reduce admissions and hospitalization stays, assuring quality of care in an equivalent manner as in traditional hospitals; allowing patients to stay at their preferred or usual environments (at home or in other social or health housing alternatives), fostering independent living, provide psychological support and health education and accompanying near end of life patients with specific care and support.

The MAIA method arises from an adaptation of the integrated care PRISMA model to the French context. It involves an Action Method for Support and Care Services Integration in the independent living promotion that allows an integrated and patient centric care provision through three mechanisms 1. Concertation amongst the different stakeholders, decision makers, funding bodies and social and health responsibles, 2. One-stop-shop approach 3. Case-management methodology.

In what respects to Telemedicine and Connected Health projects, thanks to the RESATER project (INTERREG IVB), there are several telemedicine solutions fully operational in elderly residence facilities (EHPAD) regarding the Dermatology, Pain, Geriatrics and Psychogeriatric domains. On the other hand, it has been initiated a tele monitoring pilot in the framework of the e-RESATER project (INTERREG IVB) to provide care at distance in the HAH that is provided at patient’s home.

http://www.echosante.net/

INTERACTIVE 4D SARL

INTERACTIVE 4D (acronym I4D) is a French SME established in 2003. Interactive 4D designs and develops serious games and gamification tools. It involves a high level multidisciplinary team of 10 people including educational experts, game designers, 2D / 3D graphic designers and computer engineers. INTERACTIVE 4D develops custom-made as well as off the shelf innovative learning games, behaviour training games and awareness games.

INTERACTIVE 4D focuses on the design and development of behavior training games and awareness games that can be played in multiplatform environments and in various languages. These serious games are educational digital tool boxes for training organizations, companies and public institutions willing to offer innovative and fun awareness / training tools to their students, employees or patients. The main topics tackled are in the field of management training, environmental protection, public health and security.

INTERACTIVE 4D is one of the leading serious game studio in France and has won several awards including the Innovation Award in 2013 and several awards for the serious games it has produced.

http://www.interactive4d.com/en/

PLUX

Established in 2007, PLUX creates innovative products for Healthcare and Research, by developing advanced biosignal monitoring platforms that integrate wearable body sensors such as electromyography, electrocardiography, respiration, accelerometers, and others, combined with wireless connectivity and software applications to deliver real value recognized by our target markets. PLUX has a significant track record in the creation of innovative added-value products, examples of which include the work on novel technologies for physical rehabilitation (http://www.physioplux.com), ergonomics (http://www.ergoplux.com), biomedical research (http://www.biosignalsplux.com), and education (http://www.bitalino).

Our mission as company is to create miniaturized sensors and wearable devices for biosignal acquisition and processing. All products aim to provide users with maximum comfort and safety, together with user-friendly software. Given the strong partnerships established with scientific institutions, PLUX sets the bridge between the academic mean and the market, by applying and projecting the research know-how to problems and practical needs, in several technological areas, and has a vast expertise in hardware development, enabling the quick turnaround and discovery of new solutions, new applications and market-focused strategies in the field of biosignal sensing.

http://www.plux.info/index.php/en/

Polycare Partners

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