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Teddington, United Kingdom

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2013.11.5 | Award Amount: 909.12K | Year: 2013

The GET project will deliver four high-impact services to eHealth SMEs and entrepreneurs in order to boost their growth and move them to the next level of competitiveness. Each life-transforming service has been designed to provide cross-border value to a different target group of companies. It will do by offering training, mentoring, market intelligence, support and, above all, quality contacts.
These services are:\tGet on track: Targets early-stage companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. It supports them to optimize their business model and commercialization strategy.\tGet funded: Designed for SMEs looking for a second round of funding. It provides training, resources and networking opportunities with investors at European level.\tGet global: Helps mature SMEs to access international markets by putting them in contact with foreign commercialization partners and potential customers.\tFill the gap: Bridges between healthcare purchasers with market gaps and SMEs with the required technological skills.
They have been designed to maximize direct impact to targeted beneficiaries, but without overlapping with business-development support offered by other organizations at regional or national level.
The two key differentiators with the current offer are:\tMarket-centric. Because the services will be offered to companies operating in one concrete market -Information Technology for Healthcare-, all the resources and applied expertise (both from organizers and stakeholders) will be of immediate actionable value.\tCross-border. The 4 services have been designed with an international vision from the start. They will be delivered after a pan-European selection of the best of breed, with the support of advisors from multiple nationalities. As a result, cross-border contacts, resources and opportunities will be exchanged.
GET partners are experts in the market. Thanks to their eHealth specialization and the frequent organization of facilitating initiatives and events, they have already bring together a vast international contact network of entrepreneurs, SMEs, Healthcare stakeholders, investors and business advisors. Besides, they have a previous record of successful collaboration.
The project plans to directly benefit at least 75 European SMEs and 15 entrepreneurs, with a bigger number of influenced ones due to the disseminated resources and the organizations of events. The expected market acceleration as a result of the offered support would promote a wave of world-class companies in the field. The value delivered by these companies would lead to better clinical outcomes, with a related impact on finances and job creation at European level.
Finally, after the lessons learnt, a business plan will be created for each service in order to offer it on market terms after project completion. By doing so, the consortium will deliver the services to further companies under a sustainable business model.

Kvedar J.C.,Health-Connected
Journal of general internal medicine

The healthcare system is challenged by growth in demand for services that is disproportionate to the volume of service providers. New care models must be created. The revolution in communications and monitoring technologies (connected health) allows for a care model that emphasizes patient self-management and just-in-time provider interventions. Challenges to realizing this vision exist, including maturity of the technology, privacy and security and the ability of providers to customize solutions to maximize patient engagement and behavior change. In addition, provider work-flow and reimbursement must be changed to enable new care models that are focused on patient self-care and just-in-time provider interventions. Source

Kvedar J.,Health-Connected | Coye M.J.,University of California at Los Angeles | Everett W.,NEHI Network for Excellence Health Innovation
Health Affairs

With the advent of national health reform, millions more Americans are gaining access to a health care system that is struggling to provide high-quality care at reduced costs. The increasing adoption of electronic technologies is widely recognized as a key strategy for making health care more cost-effective. This article examines the concept of connected health as an overarching structure for telemedicine and telehealth, and it provides examples of its value to professionals as well as patients. Policy makers, academe, patient advocacy groups, and private-sector organizations need to create partnerships to rapidly test, evaluate, deploy, and pay for new care models that use telemedicine. © 2014 Project HOPE- The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. Source

Lowe S.A.,Electric Ireland | Lowe S.A.,National University of Ireland | OLaighin G.,Electric Ireland | OLaighin G.,National University of Ireland | OLaighin G.,Health-Connected
Medical Engineering and Physics

The electronic monitoring of human health behaviour using computer techniques has been an active research area for the past few decades. A wide array of different approaches have been investigated using various technologies including inertial sensors, Global Positioning System, smart homes, Radio Frequency IDentification and others. It is only in recent years that research has turned towards a sensor fusion approach using several different technologies in single systems or devices. These systems allow for an increased volume of data to be collected and for activity data to be better used as measures of behaviour. This change may be due to decreasing hardware costs, smaller sensors, increased power efficiency or increases in portability. This paper is intended to act as a reference for the design of multi-sensor behaviour monitoring systems. The range of technologies that have been used in isolation for behaviour monitoring both in research and commercial devices are reviewed and discussed. Filtering, range, sensitivity, usability and other considerations of different technologies are discussed. A brief overview of commercially available activity monitors and their technology is also included. © 2013 IPEM. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 3.03M | Year: 2013

READi for Health aims to strengthen the research potential of four leading eHealth regions (Murcia, Skane, Oulu and Midi-Pyrnes) by supporting their triple helix clusters to become world-class players in domains related to the EU Digital Agenda for Healthcare. The major limitation of the eHealth market today is not scarcity of technology, but that innovationup-take is slow compared with other sectors not depending on Public Administration. As a consequence,European public sector expenditure has not been used to spur innovation. However, with an aging population and under current economic conditions, it is critical to facilitate its incorporation to raise the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery. READi for Health clusters will join forces to prepare and specialize their regions for quick uptake of eHealth innovation, validation under real-world conditions, and cost-benefit assessment. Cutting-edge companies (even from other regions) will be welcomed to apply for technology testing within the mature Healthcare Information System regional landscapes of the consortium and, if considered of public interest, supported in its implementation and economic assessment. For this to become a reality, new Public Private Partnerships and purchasing mechanisms like Pre-Commercial Procurement need to be used. Also, technological development tofacilitate quick incorporation of innovation has to be fostered. In particular in the areas of: Semantic Interoperability and Standards. Cloud Computing. Secure information access from any device. In order to become a truly regional engine for growth, those innovations must be exported to European and world-wide markets. Participants will support companies, especially SMEs, to internationalize their innovations by promoting a global network of eHealth clusters. This network will facilitate overseas contacts and market intelligence, and contribute to the sustainability of the clusters themselves.

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