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READI FOR HEALTH Streszczenie raportu

Project ID: 320021
Źródło dofinansowania: FP7-REGIONS
Kraj: Spain

Periodic Report Summary 1 - READI FOR HEALTH (Regional Digital Agendas for Healthcare.)

Project Context and Objectives:
The development of an eHealth market today is not lagging because the technology is unavailable, but rather that the take-up of innovation is substantially slower than in other sectors that are not dependant on the Public Sector. However, with an aging population and and finite resources, it is becoming ever more critical to exploit the potential of innovative technology to raise the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery.
READi for Health aims to strengthen the research potential of four leading eHealth regions (Murcia, Skåne, Oulu and Midi-Pyrénées) by supporting their triple helix clusters to become world-class players in domains related to the EU Digital Agenda for the Healthcare market. Funded by the EU’s FP7-REGIONS programme, the partners will:
— develop smart specialisation strategies for quick eHealth innovation up-take, ensuring that all the partner regions are eHealth innovation friendly, particularly for SMEs.
— boost the competitiveness of the clusters and their members by encouraging the development of a demand driven market and the integration of research agendas.
— stimulate the use of innovative public purchasing instruments such as Pre-Commercial Procurement and Public-Private Partnerships.
— support the internationalization of all the clusters members but particularly SMEs, through skills development, identifying an international co-operation strategy and the creation of a global network of eHealth clusters.
These aims are to be achieved through specific measures outlined in this Joint Action Plan which will be implemented over the next 18 month period.
The four partner regions of the READi for Health project constitute an excellent foundation for cross-regional collaboration to promote eHealth. Together the consortium has access many of the important capabilities and frameworks required for internationally competitive eHealth development. With joint actions, the consortium’s capabilities and shared best practice will provide an eHealth innovation platform that has the scale that is needed to attract the best joint research and innovation activities.
From a technological standpoint, our focus is to enable the clusters to work on several priorities that include Semantic interoperability and standards (interoperability), Cloud computing (cloud) and secure information access from any device, with focus on mobile access (security), as well as Internationalisation and Pre-commercial procurement (PCP).
There are many advantages of bringing together the four EU- regions in the READi for Health project, among them the ability to:
▪ influence and contribute to policy development by testing eHealth hypotheses in real world conditions
▪ transfer knowledge and experiences between regions to kick-start new projects promoting eHealth
▪ provide more attractive markets for stakeholders wanting to develop new eHealth solutions
▪ work collaboratively or regionally on several solutions at the same time; share best practise and compare results to see what works best.
It is also worth stressing that the contents of this JAP mirror the key challenges of the four ecosystems, identified by canvassing the needs and prerequisites of the stakeholders: patients/citizens, healthcare leaders and professionals, academia, businesses (particularly SME's), innovation support structures, as well as politicians and policy makers.
To further spread the results and experiences gained through the READi for Health project, two additional eHealth clusters (Estonia and Extremadura) are being mentored. These clusters have been invited to partake and contribute, exclusively as non-READi for Health partner regions, in the JAP actions.

Project Results:
An action plan has been grounded in the real resource and knowledge base available in each of the partner regions. To this end, we have mapped our current research, business and policy environments to investigate our real potential and engaged a wide variety of stakeholders in our efforts to move beyond the obvious and explore the key challenges associated with the widespread implementation of an eHealth system.
More concretely:
— First of all, the work has been oriented to achieve a better understanding each regional ecosystem and the possible synergies within the consortium with particular focus on the development and the applicability of the three ICT priorities: Semantic interoperability and standards, Cloud computing, and Secure information access from any device (with focus on mobile access), as well as Internationalization, and Pre-commercial procurement.
— Based on the information gathered, READi partners have done the identification of the key regional health stakeholders as they are the best informants on the topic, in order to gather ideas and proposals to improve the delivery of the Health service with the support of ICT (in particular making use of the 3 READi from Health priority areas), but also to identify gap in skills, needs, services and to spot opportunities and provide use cases with a clear business value that the three ICT areas can contribute to. According to the results achieved, for the ’implementation of ICT in health systems it is fundamental to respond to 32 NEEDS. Once identified, all 32 needs were PRIORITIZED in order to adopt the more realistic initiatives with greater chances of success and to guide decision making in the process of implementation of eHealth. This prioritization has also allowed having information that can guide decision making in the process of implementation of eHealth.
— From this work we have been able able to discover that healthcare leaders, politicians, and policy makers shared a common view on the main drivers for implementation of eHealth solutions:
▪ to improve healthcare services for patients and citizens;
▪ to improve patient safety (i.e. access right health information at the right time across whole care chain);
▪ to work smarter (for instance, by finding new ways of working, improving healthcare sustainability);
But our work also confirmed the key challenges and barriers that need to be addressed to promote eHealth innovation, product development and uptake.
— Finally, nine actions were identified, and integrated the Jonit Action Plan, that achieves READi for Health common aims by working on a range of actions that are executed on consortium level and/or are regional actions that can be scaled into the other regions within the project, realisable with the resources available the project or lead able to be implemented by accessing funding opportunities, implemented within a specific timeframe and based on the strengths and capabilities of at least one region.

Potential Impact:
The expected results are grouped in 5 areas
1. Unmet needs
To ensure that eHealth products and services developed meet the needs of the ecosystem stakeholders, in terms of the value they deliver to caregivers, patients and citizens, as well as their ability to be integrated into the healthcare system.
To ensure successful implementation and sustainability of eHealth products and services, they should meet real customer needs, demonstrate additional clinical value, be interoperable, and be compliant with legislation and regulations regarding e.g. data security and integrity as well as regulatory requirements.
2. Business environment tailored for eHealth
To provide an environment in which eHealth businesses can be created, grow and thrive. For eHealth to be a tool for improvement of healthcare services, innovations need to happen. There are two steps to take. The first one is to find and communicate perceived needs from the healthcare to be translated into solutions, the second is to make it possible for innovations to be tested, validated and evaluated with regards to clinical value (evidence). The healthcare organisation needs to provide an environment and infrastructure that enables new solutions to be added, in order for it to make it worthwhile for companies to invest in this sector. An additional important piece in this environment is that there exist a customer and a procurement process (PPI/PCP) that makes it possible for innovators and SME’s to participate.
3. Promote communication and eHealth strategy
To encourage acceptance and take-up of eHealth by all members of the ecosystem through clear and ongoing, multi-directional communication that can feed into future strategies.
To stimulate business development in eHealth, the healthcare organizations need to communicate/ be transparent regarding their needs and priorities, and their long term-strategy for eHealth.
4. eHealth – as a tool for sustainable healthcare
To pave the way for widespread use of eHealth -as a mean to ensure efficient use of resources, and to support sustainability of the healthcare organizations
To lower the barriers barriers for implementation of new solutions: Evidence-based solutions that meet the [urgent] needs in healthcare, as well as showing financial improvements may be the key to change attitudes towards eHealth. This will not only require an innovation system that can pick up relevant needs from healthcare and support the innovators, but also a strong leadership in healthcare that can make the right priorities and manage change in healthcare routines and clinical practice in combination with new innovative ways of procuring eHealth solutions.
5. Promote patient empowerment
To facilitate patient empowerment via the implementation of eHealth as a mean to provide health services with high quality and safety.
To place the patient in the heart of services: It is about designing and delivering health and social care services in a way, which is inclusive and enables citizens to take control of their health care needs.

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