The TITTAN Project has celebrated its second year looking for the improvement of the quality of health systems through innovative products and services in the field of active and healthy ageing with the exchange and implementation of good practices among different European regions.
The four-and-a-half-year project TITTAN (Network for Technology, Innovation and Translation in Ageing) has been underway for the last two years, funded with almost 1.7 million euros from Interreg Europe and seven European regions are involved: Galician Health Knowledge Agency (ACIS) -lead partner-; Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research (BIOEF); Fondazione Regionale per la Ricerca Biomedica (FRRB, Lombardy); Healthy Saxony (HS); Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI, Scotland); Lower Silesian Voivodeship Marshal Office (LSVMO); and the City of Almere, in the Netherlands.
TITTAN partners have been working together in a series of international workshops and in situ visits in which different regionally tested good practices were compared to contribute for the improvement of the regional policy instruments linked to the EU structural funds, within the three areas of action established in the project:
TA1. OUTSIDE-IN TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION: to promote the acquisition of innovative products and solutions for public healthcare systems, mainly through the implementation of innovative procurement practices, such as Precommercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI), but also through the analysis of other approaches.
1st Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Santiago de Compostela, 5th - 7th Sept. 2016): Experts from the different European regions of the partnership shared their initiatives between the public and private sector that have been succesfully implemented in their regions by making a clear benfit to patients and health systems. During the workshop, particular emphasis was put on promoting methodologies of Innovative Public Procurement, not only from a theorical point of view but also from a practical point of view. TITTAN team traveled to the University Hospital Álvaro Cunqueiro, in Vigo, in order to gain a first-hand knowledge of some of the projects implemented in Galicia by using Innovative Public Procurement procedures in the framework of H2050 and Innovasaúde projects, funded by ERDF funds 2007-2013.
TA2. INSIDE-OUT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION: to reduce the gap between research and market in the health sector, by promoting the establishment of innovation ecosystems, based on the quadruple helix approach (public bodies research industry communities). Ecosystems should promote the transfer of translational research results to companies and boost the developing of new products and services.
2nd Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Milan, 6th-8th March 2017): A total of 12 best practices focused on Open Innovation, Collaborative Platforms and Telemonitoring were discussed during the workshop. Moreover, during the second day of the workshop, the partners had the opportunity to visit the Don Gnocchi Foundations, an organisation of more tan 5,500 employees and consultants. It operates under accreditation from the Italian National Health Service in 29 centres. Its activities cover the healthcare-rehabilitation field, social welfare and social therapeutic services. It also conducts intense scientific research and education at a variety of levels.
3rd Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Almere, 29th-31st May 2017): On the first day, together with good practices, some stakeholders announced their projects: betting on innovation in the field of nutrition, for a healthy ageing and others were based in cutting edge technology coming from Galica, the Basque Country and Lower Silesia. After that, all partners participated in a Study visit at the A-Lab Amsterdam: a coworking space where they mix equally creativity and technology. The second day, was choosen for the presentation of the rest of good practices from Galicia, Scotland, Saxony and Lower Silesia. It was completed with Study visits to various innovative initiatives in Almere, such as HealthFactory (living lab), Big Data Value Center (data Intelligence) or Senior Live (social innovation).
TA3. ACTIVE CITIZENS FOR HEALTHY AGEING: to raise citizen´s awareness and knowledge about using new technologies for improving quality of life, through the adoption of ehealth practices and the patients involvement in co-design experiences with health professionals and caregivers.
4th Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Edinburgh, 2nd-4th October 2017): The TITTAN Workshop overlapped with the 2017 BCS Health Scotland Conference. On the first day, together with good practices, some stakeholders announced their projects for the TA3, based in cutting edge digital technology coming from Scotland, the Basque Country and Lower Silesia or social innovation from Almere. It was discissed specific Scotland case studies. During the second day, they were presented good practices about eHealth & Self Management, tecnology-Enabled care and Technology-Enabled Care and eHealth Strategy. The third day was choosen to talk about new ways for cognitive and motor rehabilitation, with KINEAGE a 3D games for instance, or how to made a city more age friendly, etc.
5th Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Dresden, 5th-7th February 2018): Around 30 participants from the partnership shared their initiatives for active citizens for healthy ageing at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden. During the visit to the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology in Leipzig, which was performed on the second workshop day, Dr. Dirk Kuhlmeier (leader of the working group for nanotechnology) introduced Point-of-Care-Diagnostics and the research areas of the Institute. Additionally, Hospital St. Georg gGmbH Leipzig informed about the progress in the diagnosis of rare inborn errors of the immune system. The TITTAN workshop ended with a visit to the Proton Treatment Centre of the Dresden University Hospital.
IN SITU VISITS: In the framework of a Thematic Area, staff members of partners and their stakeholders carried out up-to-5day stays in a region with relevant experience in the Thematic Area, in order to receive assistance and work side by side in the preparation of the Action Plan. So far, all the in situ visits for the TA1 and TA2 have been carried out. The aim of these visits was to deepen in the good practices reported in the field of outside-in and inside-out technological innovation. Next in situ visits related to active citizens for healthy ageing will be organized in the coming months.
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