Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) is situated in Trentino, a North East Italy region governed under a special autonomy statute. With more than 350 researchers, FBK conducts research in the areas of Information Technology, Materials and Microsystems, Italo-Germanic studies, and Religious studies. The Centre for Information Technology at FBK is organized in Research Units that contribute their competencies to the project. Research and innovation in the field of Medical Informatics, in fact, is the core business of one of the FBK electronic-Health Research Unit (eHealth), an interdisciplinary research group that studies methods and models for the design, implementation and evaluation of prototypic applications and ICT-based innovative services supporting the management of data, information and knowledge in healthcare domain. The two main research themes are eHealth applications and services supporting a model of care centered on citizens and patients (Patient-centered eHealth), and models and applications aimed to healthcare professionals (Clinical e-Health) for supporting high quality care process.
PAT participates in the project through his Centre for the Digital Health (Trentino 4.0) that develops and promotes the Digital Health in Trento Province. E-Health is one of the most important topics of the Public Service in which Trentino is putting together a set of best practices to provide excellent services to all the people. The local healthcare service is committed to develop innovative solutions to support advanced models of service management in social and health care provided to the citizens in an integrated manner by multiple agencies and organizations, both public and private. These solutions respond to principles like usability and transparency, addressing issues of assistance, care, promoting well-being and social inclusion. The mission that the provincial health service wants to tackle is the development of an overarching scheme of assistance in which smart hospitals, integrated and inclusive care will be considered as the driving concepts of the innovation in healthcare sector.
The purpose of Co.Ge.S, together with private and public organizations for work and training, is to bring innovation in the social and health sectors through the introduction and / or enhancement of soft and digital skills.
Co.Ge.S. has developed specific skills in the creation of innovative courses involving three stages:
1) analysis of business processes (with the full involvement of human resources involved in the process),
2) training resources (formal and informal outdoor activities) on soft and digitals skills,
3) introduction of innovation processes and efficiency of the same.
The University of Applied Sciences FH Kufstein Tirol hosts several research groups that are specialized in furthering digital products and services (e.g. smart energies, smart products, social media communication). The growing importance of provision and exchange of digital data is reflected by our University’s effort to strengthen our digital capabilities (e.g. upcoming workshop on data science for academic personnel) for research and teaching purposes. The University also offers specific educational programs and plays an active role in the regional innovation ecosystem: industry projects on digitalization (in the form of consulting or student coursework) are complemented by information transfer workshops to carry the digital transformation of small and medium-sized companies (in collaboration with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber).
The University of Applied Sciences FHK is thus highly specialized on digitalization and training with recurring projects in health care (such as SPHERA on spatial planning and health systems).
SMH Stichting Smart Homes (www.smart-homes.nl) is the Dutch expert centre on home automation, smart living and e-health. SMH has its own facility for testing new innovative smart technologies in a real-life setting. The “Smartest Home of The Netherlands” is a fully functional house, in which people can live for a while as if it is their own home. It is an independent non-profit organisation, with close relations with industry, research & education institutes and many service and end-user organisations in The Netherlands.
On one hand, Smart Homes is a recognized research centre, on the other hand, it is an expert centre that performs many dissemination and consultancy activities. The organization acts as an intermediary organization in the complex market of technology & aging/e-health, bridging the worlds of technology development and those of end-users and service/care providers. Maximizing quality of life, health and independence for all people is the main goal of Smart Homes.
The School of Health Sciences (SHS) within UoN is a large school, one of four in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. SHS is one of the leading centres for health care education and scholarship in the UK. SHS has 200 staff and 3,000 undergraduate and post graduate students. UoN participates in the project through the Health E-Learning and Media (HELM) team, and the Digital Innovations in healthCare and Education (DICE) research group based in the School of Health Sciences. The DICE focuses on innovation in the delivery of education and practice. The Group has great number of collaborative projects with the National Biomedical Research Centre for Hearing, Learning Sciences Research Institute, Behavioural Sciences, Open University and a number of NHS partners. SHS has international partnerships both in Europe and further afield, including ERASMUS agreements with institutions in eight countries.
The Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) has about 36.000 students and almost 4.400 employees, 520 professors among them. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range by offering sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences as well as medicine. The university emphasises interdisciplinary cooperation with the region’s numerous science institutions – including Fraunhofer institutes and Max Planck institutes. Part of the Chair of Wirtschaftsinformatik, especially Systems Development at the TUD’s Faculty of Business and Economics is the research group – Healthy Living Competence Team (helict) – founded in 2012. The research group’s main goal is the design and optimization of clinical processes, whereby economical optimization measures and information technology support are seen as a unit. Our aim is to improve the performance and resource efficiency through systematic design, project monitoring and implementation. As part of our research and development work, the design of practical solutions that seamlessly integrate into the functional processes are paramount. A special focus lays on research about the phenomena of digital transformation in health and care sector.