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Action Group C2: Independent Living


In order to reach its goals, the Group has defined the following objectives and deliverables:
1. Support for implementing innovative procurement by facilitating the exchange of practices among policy makers, the private sector and public procurers at regional and European level.
2. Operational guidelines for interoperability and recommendations for standardisation.
3. A set of good practice documents for the implementation of independent living solutions.
4. A toolkit for user empowerment incorporating co-creation, awareness raising and technology confidence building.
5. A report identifying the social and economic return on investment (ROI) and a repository of information on ROI including existing tools and processes for measurement.
6. A co-operation platform and a repository of information.

(p.m. the Action Plan  PDF icon 693 KB , the Final Commitments  PDF icon 89 KB (as of November 2012) and the Participant Contacts and Details of Organisations  PDF icon 357 KB )


Preliminary achievements

The Action Group has been working towards enhanced interregional networking and building partnerships between European regions. This has led to mutually beneficial discussions and sharing of good practices.
The Group joined forces with other EU communities and networks and planned a series of workshops in the Autumn of 2013 in shared areas of action in the assisted living agenda. Some specific topics were subject of mutual exchange and learning: innovative procurement (held in Puglia - Italy - in conjunction with the Action Group on Integrated Care and the ENGAGED Project); scaling up integrated and person centred care through innovative uses of ICT / eHealth (held in Norrkoping - Sweden - in cooperation with the Action Group on Integrated Care and eHealth Innovation Project); user empowerment (held in Eindhoven - The Netherlands - together with the ENGAGED Project).

The Group also started coordination with national initiatives, including:
- The "French Forum for Autonomy and Health" , based on 15 Living Labs (partly ENoLL labelled) in the Health & Autonomy sector, and bringing together enterprises, labs, health professionals, patient associations and agencies. The Forum sees the benefit of organising the French contributions on interoperability using a common European interoperability framework.
- "Social Alarm", being deployed in Sweden. Swedish stakeholders see a benefit in integrating this initiative into a common European interoperability framework facilitating market development.

The Action Group enabled liaison and coordination between various initiatives (AAL JP, Braid, AAlliance, Antilope, ReAAL, Dallas, etc) in order to reach a common understanding of needs in terms of interoperability. The Group consequently specified an interoperability framework consisting of a methodology associated with a repository. The methodology is user centric, case-based and adapted to the specific needs of independent living. It takes into account the contribution of research and living labs by allowing interoperability specifications to mature from research versions to industry versions. The repository includes interoperability specifications and an associated list of conforming products or services. It provides evidence of interoperability and maturity, and has been based - where possible - on existing practices and tools like IHE and Continua.