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Pilots for Healthy and Active Ageing

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - PHArA-ON (Pilots for Healthy and Active Ageing)

Reporting period: 2021-06-01 to 2022-08-31

In Europe’s rapidly ageing society, Pharaon provides personalized and optimized healthcare and quality of life improvements, standardized platforms, and platforms from application domains like energy, transport, or smart cities. It is built upon mature existing state-of-the-art open platforms and technologies/tools that are customized to fulfil the specific needs and requirements coming from its users, then implemented using the latest cloud technologies. The platforms, of which interoperability and openness will be key design principles, incorporate AI techniques and traditional algorithms to implement customized intelligent analytics and pattern detection for big data.
Pharaon will follow a user-centric approach for maximum usability and acceptance of all users and stakeholders. User feedback will be monitored and used to shape the customization and evolution of the system. A specific evaluation framework will be used to assess impact. Consortium experts will provide guidelines and requirements regarding data privacy legislation, ethical and legal issues, as well as cybersecurity and privacy designs, which will become key objectives to pursue.
Pharaon’s integrated platforms will be deployed and validated in three stages, (1) in-lab, (2) pre-validation for early-stage debugging, and (3) large-scale pilots (LSPs). Pre-validation and LSPs will take place in six different sites: Murcia and Andalusia (Spain), Portugal, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Italy.
Through the 6 planned pilots and the activities addressing ecosystem expansion, the Pharaon project will demonstrate the suitability of the platforms to integrate digital technologies and the capacity of these technologies to keep people at their homes longer, while using institutional care facilities only when intensive care is needed.
The second reporting period covers the 19-33 months of the project. The activities of Pharaon continued in all the 10 WPs to achieve the main developmental and deployment objectives under the coordination of WP1. This period was mainly devoted to the refinement of the reference architecture of Pharaon and user requirements (WP2) and to the technical adaptations, tools, and integration of the Pharaon technologies with a first release of the Pharaon ecosystem (WP3-WP4-WP5) to guarantee the proper deployment of the pilots (WP7). During the period, actions related to the preparation of the pilots were finalized, such as the achievement of the ethical approvals and the signature of data processing agreements (WP10). Pilots carried out the pre-validation phase of their technologies and services with users, improved them according to the received feedback from this phase, and started the full deployment (WP7) supported by a training phase (WP9). The evaluation framework was consolidated both at local level (i.e. definition of local KPIs according to the pilots’ peculiarities) and global level (i.e. definition of the global KPI for the impact assessment analysis) (WP7) and initial business cases from the pilots were preliminary investigated for exploitation (WP8). The Pharaon ecosystem evolution was started with the launch of the first open call (WP6) to include new technologies from third party that are able to address identified gaps in each pilot. Dissemination and standardization activities (WP9) continued to promote the Pharaon project in the local regions as well as in the European community.
The impact of the Pharaon project is assured from an iterative approach that aims to guarantee an evaluation reference from each pilot with active involvement of relevant stakeholders from different perspectives (patients, decision makers, healthcare service providers, clinicians, researchers, and businesses) for customization, refinement, validation, integration and update of the KPIs identified to be used in assessment. The experience from the pilots, user feedback and evaluation outputs will highlight areas of improvement.
During the first 33 months of the project, the foundations of an organic approach were laid starting from the definition of a control room for impact assurance (WP1) and to the definition of methodologies for impact assessment and demonstration (WP7) and impact maximization (WP6,8,9). The main achievements in this sense concern mainly:
● the consolidations of scenarios and services for active and healthy ageing that cover different application domains,
● the study of cross-pilot or cross-country use cases for innovative ecosystem implementation and exploitation on the basis of needs from different stakeholders,
● the initial study and definition of guidelines for ethical compliance in a such heterogeneous scenario,
● the collection and investigation of a database of standards for further development and integration with related standardization bodies,
● the collection of technologies, including platforms, to be used in the pilots and their positioning in an online catalogue as a basis for future market analysis and business development,
● the setting of an evaluation framework of the Pharaon ecosystem that will be implemented through cascade calls,
● an efficient dissemination strategy at the European level and the pilot level with relevant touch points with local stakeholders external to the Pharaon consortium,
● a constant active presence in the Health and Care cluster with initiative in the topics of architectures and standards and in use cases as leaders.
● In-depth analysis of the market relevant to Pharaon including market trends and forecasts as well as patenting trends that may lead to innovations in the health and care sector
● stakeholder collection providing a broad overview of relevant suppliers, potential buyers, enablers, relevant projects and facilities in Europe, allowing a better understanding of the fragmented European market.
● Competitor analysis provides an overview of marketplaces competing with CATAALOG to derive successful and applicable revenue models as well as marketing strategies
● Expanding the CATAALOG’s 42 specific scenarios grouped within 8 targeted meta domains now available in English, German and Spanish.
● Analysis of frameworks of Pharaon related potential business models, based on the theoretical foundations of business ecosystems as well as platform-based value creation pathways
● Continuous AAL products and services innovation mapping providing insights on technology trends in the AAL sector and emerging solutions
● MDR analysis resulting with 7 recommendations and 10 steps identified in terms of main barriers and competitive advantages for manufacturers and suppliers of products and services.
● Analysis of different of healthcare ecosystem frameworks for initial consideration of the organisational and service part of the Pharaon ecosystem
● Final definition and implementation of Pharaon’s evaluation framework with the aim of creating evidence of the impact of Pharaon’s deployed services in terms of users’ QoL, cost-effectiveness and service sustainability supported by the implementation of a key specific web-based platform aimed for data collection, data quality and evidence generation.
● Provision of support to pilot sites to elicit the local deployed services and generated evidence towards the joint definition of strategic pathways towards key local identified stakeholders for deployed service acceptability and sustainability.