Kicked-off in March 2013, in Trieste (Italy), SmartCare is a 3-year project funded by the Competitiveness Innovation Framework (CIP PSP 2012) that aims at joining up ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) and service processes for quality integrated care in Europe.
SmartCare will enable the delivery of integrated care to older European citizens to support them to live independent lives within the community by providing the ICT tools necessary to integrated care pathways between social and health services. A key area of integration is to provide common access to home platforms, monitoring physical parameters, environmental and behavioural monitoring such as daily schedulers, medication management, falls prevention, exercises for cognitive faculties and coaching.
SmartCare can build on existing ICT services in all pilot regions supporting the delivery of care and already to some extend adapted to meeting the pressing need for coordination across care-givers. Existing platforms will be adapted in the direction of supporting coordination of the entire spectrum of care services offered to older people to improve their quality of life and extend their independent living in a way which remains financially sustainable in view of the evolution of demographic indices and restrictions in public spending.
The following regions will make up the 1st wave of SmartCare pilots: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Scotland, Aragon, and Southern Denmark. And expected to participate in the 2nd wave: Tallin, South Karelia, Attica, North Brabant, Kraljevo and Uppsala.
The EFN will work with its members from the 34 EU Member States (representing 6 million nurses throughout the European Union and Europe) on disseminating and using the outcomes within the national health systems. Furthermore, the EFN’s 34 knowledge brokers will encourage further uptake at national level. This will ultimately lead to mainstreaming the project results, as through EFN connections, the wide availability and adoption of results will be supported. The evidence to be gathered on improved economy, efficiency of health services by using chronic conditions management, improved satisfaction and health outcomes will be translated to those responsible for eHealth policy in Europe and at national level through the EFN membership. The EFN will be able to engage in workshops aimed at health professionals and policy makers to make them aware of the project results.
The EFN will be involved in the following WPs:
- WP1: Requirements and integrated care pathway development
- WP2: Service Process Model
- WP3: Integration infrastructure Architecture and Service Specification
- WP8: Pilot evaluation
- WP9: Exploitation support and dissemination
- WP10: Project management and performance monitoring
Finally, in addition to the participation in the WPs, the EFN will be part of the Users’ Advisory Board whose task is to ensuring that the interest and needs of all users are properly taken into consideration during the lifetime of SmartCare and beyond.