The development of this platform was the central activity of the 2016 Pilot Twinning Support Scheme of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA). Under this call, the reference sites Porto4Ageing (Metropolitan Region of Porto, Portugal) and Gérontopôle Autonomie Longévité des Pays de la Loire (Nantes, France) were granted funds to transfer the innovative and successful French good practice ALOHA initiative to Portugal.
The ALOHA platform
The ALOHA platform integrates an innovative e-health expert system for the prevention of infectious diseases in seniors over 50 with or without non-communicable chronic diseases, thus aiming to reduce the burden of such diseases. This initiative also aims to provide a web portal to inform, educate and engage seniors and healthcare professionals on prevention (vaccination, nutrition, physical activity, controlled used of antibiotics), providing tools for personal and tailored recommendations, in order to empower users and enable them to make correct and good preventive choices. Through this twinning activity, Portugal has now also the opportunity to implement such valuable solutions.
This EU-funded action aimed to support the EIP on AHA objective and to accelerate the scaling-up of innovative approaches and practices in the field of active and healthy ageing, by fostering active knowledge exchange among regions through dedicated mentoring activities.
The Porto4Ageing consortium brings together over 90 organisations, the large majority of them established within the Porto Metropolitan Area, in the Northern Region of Portugal. The consortium revolves around a shared vision and common targets, where each organisation actively contributes in a specific way to the overall goal of responding to the citizens' needs. The Porto4Ageing alliance is committed to promoting local convergence and improving the health innovation ecosystem, while reducing and overcoming existing bottlenecks. It is doing so by promoting joint work for high impact, thus bridging the gap between public and private actions and instruments and, ultimately, facilitating knowledge exchanges and scaling up of results.