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ICT services for Life improvement for Elderly

Almost 10 million Europeans live with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other dementias today. As a result of ageing, the number of people affected by one of those conditions is forecasted to double by 2030, making them a major health challenges. Those people want to live at their own homes, but because of their symptoms, they face difficulties in the daily life both in managing their own care and in living independently. ICT4Life is a three-year project funded under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, with the ambition of providing new services for integrated care employing user-friendly ICT tools, ultimately increasing patients’ quality of life and autonomy at home. To reach this goal, ICT4Life is conducting breakthrough research and radical innovation and will implement the ICT4Life Platform. Such a platform will deliver a series of innovative services to patients affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other dementias but also to health professionals and formal and informal carers. All solutions are developed following a user-centred methodology and tested in real life scenarios. The real case scenarios concern three European countries -France, Hungary and Spain to test ICT4Life services, measure the effects of treatment and evaluate project developments and acquired knowledge about co-morbidities related to these diseases. The project consortium brings together nine partners representing academia, industry and users’ groups, all committed in improving patients’ lives and advancing Europe leadership role in personalised services for integrated care.
Geographical scope: 
Regional level
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Organisation name: 
HOPE - European Hospital and Healthcare Federation
Organisation address: 
Avenue Marnix, 30 - 1000, Brussels (Belgium)
Kind of organisation: 
Time for deployment: 
Less than a year
Preparation of implementation: 
ICT4Life platform is designed to be flexible and allow multiple deployment scenarios. Real use-case deployment requires an initial assessment of the care environment and healthcare process to be supported by the technology to draft a deployment plan, a technological deployment and a continuous...
Investment per citizen / service user / patient: 
Between 1.000 – 5.000 EUR per targeted citizen / patient
Cost calculation: 
ICT4Life deployment requires a Cloud architecture and a sensorial platform that support home-care environments. The higher cost scenario are those based on home-care support of individual patients. In this scenario an estimation for each patient sensorial devices (and their caregivers) is around 2...
Evidence of practice: 
Apparent evidence. Evidence is based on qualitative success stories
Evidence creation: 
The evidence behind ICT4Life is currently from qualitative point of view. It has been obtained through questionnaires to survey the experience of patients suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. So far, three iterative testing waves have been made with end-users (health professionals, patients...
Maturity level: 
Proof of concept is available: it works in a test setting and the potential end-users are positive about the concept.
Maturity level detalis: 
ICT4Life platform has been developed and currently a first has been integrated. The proof of concept is therefore ready to start platform validation testing and pilots. During the users’ requirements collection, several interviews were carried out in order to present the concept of ICT4Life to...
Time of impact: 
Low impact – e.g. impact has been seen only while a pilot project was running
Kind of impact: 
Better care integration (economic and societal)
Aspects time of impact: 
ICT4Life platform supports integrated care processes for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases joining all actors involved in care: patient, caregivers (formal & informal) and professionals (health & social) supporting a better care coordination and integration between them through the use...
Transferability level: 
Ready for transfer, but the innovative practice has not been transferred yet. The innovative practice has been developed on local/regional/national level and transferability has been considered and structural, political and systematic recommendations have been presented. However, the innovative practice has not been transferred yet.
Type of Practice: 
Promising practice
Stakeholders concerned: 
Primary care centres
Specialised physicians
General practioners
Day care centres
Home care centres
Nursing homes
Informal caregivers
Small-sized industry
Research centres
International/European public authorities
Regional public authorities
Local public authorities
Advocacy organisations patients/users
Reach of initiative: 
10,000 - 99,999
Age group: 
50 - 64
65 - 79
Baseline information: 
The development of ICT4Life platform is based on continuous improvement of the technology which is possible through the updates of the technology itself with iterative testing results.
Source of funding: 
European funding
Funding scheme: 
Horizon 2020