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Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

06 March 2013

The e-CAPACIT8 and the ACT Programme (Advancing Care Coordination & TeleHealth Deployment Programme) are the first two projects to be funded under the 2012 Call to support the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

The e-CAPACIT8 project had its kick-off meeting in Luxembourg on 13 February. Bringing together researchers from 13 European countries, the project aims to strengthen the skills and capacities of European occupational health professionals, so that they are best able to address the health concerns of an ageing workforce.

The project will be carried forward by the National Institutes of Occupational Medicine of the participating EU Member States, and will:

  • Review the state of the art of existing curricula for occupational health experts and specialists
  • Identify the gaps in these curricula in addressing the issue of an ageing workforce
  • Develop novel educational materials, made available to all interested parties through an open and freely accessible e-learning platform

The project has a total budget of 876.463,00 € for an EU contribution of 514.000,00€ and an overall duration of 40 months.

The ACT Programme was launched, on the 25 and 26 of February, in Amsterdam by a consortium led by Philips and composed of leading clinical experts, as well as regional health systems from across Europe.

The project aims at the burden of chronic disease in a rapidly ageing population. The potential of its services, not only to reduce the economic burden of chronic care, but also to improve the delivery of clinical support, is underpinned by scientific data. There has been a slow progress to translate such services from pilots and test installations to large-scale deployment.

ACT will concentrate its efforts on the key drivers of success for care coordination and effective TeleHealth deployment, trough:

  • Optimization of organization & workflow structures
  • Effective patient stratification
  • Improvement of patient adherence and staff engagement/education
  • Improvement of care provider efficacy and efficiency

This will be done in the five regions of the project consortium (Scotland, Groningen, Lombardy, Catalonia and Basque Country), as well as in a rising number of affiliated partner regions.

The central output of ACT will be the evaluation of the efforts of the participating regions to the above mentioned key drivers so as to support a more large-scale deployment of Coordinated Care & TeleHealth services across Europe.

The ACT programme has a total budget of 2.660.639€ for an EU contribution of 1.600.000, 00€ and an overall duration of 32 months.

Both programmes will start their activities this month.