ITHACA aims to improve the quality of care provided to people living in the community through the development of telematics which support the sharing of information between those providing health and social care. The emphasis will be on support for assessment, care planning and delivery of care to the elderly, the mentally ill and for maternal and child health. Greater effectiveness of services will be achieved through the use of integrated technologies and analysis of data held within the database. There will be active participation of users throughout all stages of the project.
The aim of ITHACA is to improve the quality of care provided to vulnerable people living in the community though the integration and validation of telematics services, capable of supporting the sharing of relevant information between health and social care professionals.
The project will:
- Validate and exploit the results of the European Prototype for Integrated Care (EPIC) project (a successful third framework project which developed telematic support for assessment and care planning for the elderly with integration of home telecare and shared antenatal care) within pilot sites with different primary care systems.
- To validate the generic concepts and components developed in EPIC across other client groups, in particular those held within a client centred database.
- To extend the functionality of the system to enhance its capability to improve efficiency and effectiveness of services through integration of existing technologies and through analysis of the information held within a client centred database.
ITHACA will continue the work of developing a generic community information system by further validation of the elderly and antenatal applications in combination with new applications for mental illness and maternal and child health. The four pilot sites which took part in the EPIC project, Belfast, Turku, Andalucia and Oporto, will form the core sites for the development within the ITHACA project. Belfast and Turku will lead the development of the maternal and child health application. The new sites will specify their user requirements and validate the generic approach within different organisational structures. Representatives of all sites will participate in the users group meetings and the further development of the concepts important for the support of client focused community care.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts