Supporting development of e-health for over 60s

The MALCOLM (Mapping Assisted Living Capability Over La Manche) project fosters territorial cooperation in health and social care of the elderly, and brings together participants from Normandy and South-East England to research and map e-health needs and capabilities in coastal areas.

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The MALCOLM project team at the cross-border stakeholder workshop in the UK. © MALCOLM The MALCOLM project team at the cross-border stakeholder workshop in the UK. © MALCOLM

" We’re pleased to be involved with Project MALCOLM as it contributes to and complements our work and that of the Technology Strategy Board in Independent and Assisted Living. "

Sue Dunkerton, Director, Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd.

The research is aimed at helping organisations including assisted living (AL) technology companies, care procurers and providers such as home care agencies, care homes and charities working with older people, to develop and implement innovative ICT-based home support systems.

The partnersSEHTA from South-East England and Pôle-TES from Normandy – are well-established networks with expertise in care and AL, and secure electronic transactions respectively.

Comparing Assisted Living needs

As well as building cross-border economic development partnerships and identifying common and complementary centres of business and research excellence, MALCOLM aims to stimulate exchange of information and transfer of good practice, and develop a transnational cluster network.


Needs analysis focused on two groups: people aged 60 to 75 (65 to 75 in England), and over 75s. These were chosen because they face similar care issues on both sides of the Channel: an ageing population with longer life expectancy, and isolation of coastal communities.

Based on the needs analysis and discussion of common recommendations, the partners drew up a cross-border AL capability mapping report, a catalogue of good practices, and cross-border recommendations for stimulating e-health cluster development.

Dissemination and development workshops

Two workshops involving stakeholders from both countries were held to elaborate dissemination strategies, identify ways to develop e-health clusters, discuss results of the mapping study, and support networking.

The project outcomes should benefit policy makers, public and private sector care providers and academics. They provide benchmarking and comparative analysis so as to ensure that AL deployment is based on evidence of need and capacity, and can help e-health small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and care providers to identify market opportunities. Involvement of care users and providers in the project should improve specifications and cut time to market products and services.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “MALCOLM” is EUR 199 974, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 149 981 from the Operational Programme “France (Channel) – England” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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