ADvanced monitoring serVices of Elder via sensor NeTworks (ADVENT)

ADVENT is a project funded under the action “Cooperation 2011 – Productive and research institutions’ partnerships in targeted research and technology domains”, of the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013, Greece

It focuses on the area of Personal Health Systems, in the field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), where it proposes a novel platform to support the provision of a comfortable and safe environment for daily living of elders, while retaining their mobility and independency. This will be achieved through advanced technologies in various research fields that will be integrated in a specially designed platform, in order to facilitate the provision of a coherent set of personalized services. 

The main objectives of ADVENT are to develop and implement the ADVENT platform, as well as a series of health-related and general purpose assistive services. An ultimate objective is the creation of the proper conditions to assist elderly people to carry out their daily activities with improved security, confidence and efficiency. ADVENT will deploy a system architecture for real-time data acquisition from heterogeneous sources: bio-sensors, sensing devices providing context data (e.g. location) and user profiles providing personal data enriched with context-related information. These data will be properly processed to produce medical knowledge for decision support purposes and facilitate personalized service delivery. 
ADVENT will develop a prototype product to provide automated assistance to the elderly at home, targeting a market that promises to grow as people live longer. The technologies utilized within ADVENT will produce a prototype modular package, with interfaces that will be very easy to use, integrated with hardware and software components that will encompass 2nd and 3rd generation telecare. The package will be embedded in a holistic service concept, targeting the actual needs of the elders’ independent living and it will be tested and evaluated in real-world contexts.

European Commission and Member States: how they are supporting Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions?

On 21-22 March 2013 a high level event on Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) is taking place in Berlin, Germany. The program of the event as well as the instructions for registration can be found on the Berlin event website. Participation to the event is open and free of charge.
This high-level event will offer an opportunity to hear first-hand from the European Commission and Member States how they are supporting the implementation of PCP and PPI. In other words, how public purchasers (and private procurers) are enabled to buy better and/or cheaper products and services while at the same time boosting innovation.
From a European perspective, European Commission services will present 2013 CIP and FP7 calls for proposals as well as future financial instruments (Horizon 2020, CEF, Structural funds 2014-2020) to support the demand for innovation and innovative procurement. Public procurers and other stakeholders interested to network or share/present experiences in preparation of future EU calls for PCP and PPI projects can contact the EU officials on the event program to actively participate in the breakout session 7 on public buyers networks for future applications to EU calls on PCP and PPI. Contact in particular lieve.bos@ec.europa.eu for the CIP-ICT-PSP-2013 calls supporting PPI pilots (in ICT fo! r health and ageing well) and the FP7-ICT-2013-11 call supporting PCP projects (in e-learning and digital preservation). 
Background info about submission deadlines, scope for currently open FP7 and CIP calls on PCP and PPI can be found on the calls page of the PCP-PPI website.

Die andere Seite der demographischen Medaille

Die Bevölkerung wird zwar älter und dadurch entstehen neue Arbeitsmöglichkeiten im Bereich Pflege, altersgerechtes Wohnen und mehr. Doch die Kehrseite der Medaille ist, dass es auch erwartet wird, dass die Menschen länger arbeiten.
Mehr hierzu in dem Zeit-Artikel, « Mit 67 soll längst nicht Schluss sein ».

Trad: The population is getting older and older and new job opportunities are increasing in (health)care, ambient assisted living, age-appropriate accommodations and more. But the downside is that it is also expected that people are working longer.
More information about the full article « At 67 is far from being the end » in German.

Europe is developing cross-border eHealth services

The European Health Insurance Card is being used in epSOS, a pilot project co-financed by the European Commission, which aims at developing cross-border eHealth services to improve the quality and safety of healthcare for citizens travelling to another European country.
The project consists in developing an eHealth framework and ICT infrastructure that enable secure access to patient health information among different European healthcare systems. This includes making patients’ medical records (Patient summary) available electronically and using cross-border electronic prescriptions (ePrescription). The European Health Insurance Card is being tested in the project as one of the tools for identifying patients. It allows holders to provide health professionals with the identification data they need to access the patient’s electronic medical record or prescriptions when seeking healthcare in participating epSOS pilot countries – whether as tourists, business travellers, commuters or exchange students, for example. (…) »
Europe is also funding project such as CompAAL that aims to develop qualification profiles for jobs in Ambient-Assisted Living or AAL. AAL specialist skills are needed in many professions, in which the job requirements have changed under these fast-evolving technologies. New skills profiles have to be set-up for professionals from various backgrounds, for example architects building AAL compatible homes, staff of ambulatory home care, and most of all IT specialists in order to enable them to design AAL systems and interfaces, to manage interoperability, as well as to create, manage and moderate social networks.

A new project to investigate the skills and competences needed for Ambient Assisted Living jobs

A recently started project (CompAAL) investigates the skills and competences neededfor Ambient Assisted Living related jobs.  The ageing society will need a lot more specialised jobs than exist today. New skills profiles have to be set-up for professionals from various backgrounds, for example architects building AAL compatible homes, staff of ambulatory home care, and most of all IT specialists in order to enable them to design AAL systems and interfaces, to manage interoperability, as well as to create, manage and moderate social networks.
The project is funded by the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Commission. During 24 months CompAAL will generate:
  • A set of defined professions in the field of ambient-assisted living;
  • National qualification profiles in the field of professions in ambient-assisted living described by learning outcomes that will lead to
  • Comprehensive European qualification profiles;
  • Guidelines for training institutions complying with the principles of the ECVET