Blueprint on Digital Transformation of Health and Care for the Ageing Society

The European “Blueprint on Digital Transformation of Health and Care for the Ageing Society ” reflects the common policy vision of European policy makers, civil society, professional organisations and industry on how innovation can transform health and care provision in our ageing society. As a shared policy vision, the Blueprint guides the efforts of the EIP on AHA Action Groups and Reference Sites. The Blueprint is essential to mobilise investments and guarantee the commitment of all actors including industrial players, regional authorities, professional and civil society organisations and multi-stakeholder platforms.

The Blueprint is to be seen as an evolution. Engaged stakeholders called “Blueprint Partners” contribute to advancing the Blueprint vision. They inform the European Commission about latest care developments, evidence, stakeholders’ needs, and collaboration opportunities in key health and care topic areas which benefit from digital transformation.

Overall activities

Further progress on the blueprint will be ensured through these three long-term activities: 

  • Capturing the EIP on AHA stakeholders' capacity for engagement and mobilising them to work towards achieving this common policy vision. 
  • Supporting the EIP on AHA stakeholders in identifying key enabling technologies and use case scenarios for active and healthy ageing for inclusion in the Blueprint. 
  • Updating the Blueprint, based on the latest developments in AHA, stakeholder feedback, and the current supply and demand landscape. 

Progress so far

Firstly, the blueprint partners created a set of 12 Blueprint personas. These aimed at identifying the health and care needs of the population. The persona profiles included aspects of a persona's daily life, such as family life, interests and hobbies, and medications taken. 

For more details, click on the persona face to download the corresponding persona poster (pdf).

Needs/Life course Children/Young adult Working age adults Retired persons below 80 Persons aged 80+
Generally well/good wellbeing Rose, 10 Leila, 51 Randolph, 65 Teresa, 83
Chronic condition and/or social needs Millie, 18 Nikos, 50 Eleni, 73 Maria, 84
Complex needs Ben, 9 Antonio, 33 Procolo, 79 Jacqueline, 87

Second, in 2019, the Blueprint has focused on developing several Blueprint scenarios. The Blueprint scenarios depict an acute or chronic event or episode experienced by one or more of the personas.

The Blueprint scenarios have been used to develop diagrams that show the relationship and interactions between a citizen e.g., Nikos, the healthcare providers, and other relevant actors such as researchers. An example diagram below shows what kinds of data flow between the various actors and what platforms and tools they use to support and empower Nikos in managing his health and lifestyle.

A visual image showing an example of one of the Blueprint scenarios that has been developed.

Eleven Blueprint scenarios have been developed.

Third, the Blueprint partners have also started to develop guidance documents (known as “Blueprint building blocks”). They elaborate on key topics for advancing better person-centred health and care delivery. Three draft building blocks have been initiated on:

  • Exploring social care and carers’ perspectives.
  • Ensuring interoperability.
  • Implementing integrated care.

The Blueprint scenarios have been used in workshops with various stakeholders. They have enabled co-development, stock-taking of best practices and/or ICT solutions, and the targeting of various key topics from different points of views.

What is next?

The second Blueprint update, detailing the work of the Blueprint in 2019, was released in December 2019. (The first Blueprint update, detailing the work of the Blueprint Partners during 2017-2018, was released a year before in December 2018.)

The Blueprint partners will continue the Blueprint scenario development and further stakeholder consultation until mid-2020.

The Blueprint scenarios will include key topics related to the three priorities of the EC COM on enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market:

  • Citizens’ secure access to and sharing of health data across borders.
  • Better data to advance research, disease prevention and personalised health and care.
  • Digital tools for citizen empowerment and person-centred care

A first draft of a report on “key enabling technologies / digital solutions and user scenarios supporting AHA” is to be issued in early 2020.

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