Dresden, 5th February 2018 – The Free State of Saxony hosts from 5th to 7th February the fifth interregional workshop of the TITTAN project, attended by high-level representatives of European partner regions and experts from the healthcare sector. The workshop took place in Dresden and Leipzig and was organized by HEALTHY SAXONY. The exchange, comparison and implementation of good practices in healthcare are the main goals of the research project.
Around 30 participants from the European regions – Almere (Netherlands), Basque Country (Spain), Galicia (Spain), Lombardy (Italy), Lower Silesia (Poland) and Scotland (UK) – were welcomed at University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden by Martin Strunden, Head of Department 35 “Health industry, preventive healthcare and telematics” of the State Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection and by Prof. Michael Albrecht, Chief Medical Director of the Dresden University Hospital. “The exchange of experience between European health regions is essential for the sustainable development of cutting-edge medicine in the partner regions. The association has managed to raise positive awareness for Saxony at European level”, states Prof. Michael Albrecht, who is also first CEO of the association HEALTHY SAXONY.
The framework for the three-day workshop in Leipzig and Dresden was the thematic area “Active citizens for healthy ageing”. At the workshop some best practices from the different European regions were presented, discussed and linked with each other. The aim of the above mentioned thematic area is to raise awareness about the uptake of innovation within the healthcare sector and its integration into ageing and health management. Above all, the use of new technologies and prevention approaches, the inclusion of new organization models and networking among patients, doctors, hospitals and other medical providers via telemedical projects share this common goal. As a result, the focus is on improving the quality of life and the adequate care of the elderly.
The results of the workshop will be jointly evaluated and it will be determined how the regions can best benefit from the findings. The evaluation will result in recommendations for action and suggestions for improvement concerning health policies.
From Saxony, several tested and successful good practices were presented. For example, Stroke Network in eastern Saxony (SOS-NET) that has become a reference site for the inpatient treatment of acute stroke. A key element is an integrated care pathway (SOS-Care) which extends from rehabilitation up to one year of outpatient follow-up care. The technological base since mid-2015 has been the platform CCS-Telehealth Eastern Saxony (CCS-THOS) which was jointly developed by Carus Consilium Sachsen GmbH and T-Systems International GmbH and supported by the European Union and the Free State of Saxony with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The quality assured path for care and documentation has been technically implemented by linking acute care and rehabilitation clinics. Within an aftercare program, patients are assisted by one or more case managers in compliance with this pathway.
The Network GeriNet shows with the training plan “GeriNeTrainer”, directed to health professionals and interested non-professionals for a comprehensive and local establishment of sport groups for people with dementia, how coordinated supply structures in healthcare can be provided across sectors for elderly and dementia patients.
The aim of the geo-referenced web portal KOMPASS Leipzig presented by GeriNet is to improve the quality of life of older people and those needing care in their familiar living environment.
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 wider research areas of the Institute. Additionally, Hospital St. Georg gGmbH Leipzig informed partners about the progress in the diagnosis of rare inborn errors of the immune system.
Also, the research company TECNALIA from the Basque Country in Spain presented a software solution “Equimetrix” that aims to improve the quality of elderly people’s lives.
The TITTAN Workshop ended with a visit to the Proton Treatment Centre of the Dresden University Hospital. During the workshop, the European partners and experts gained a deep insight into the innovations and plans of the Saxon healthcare sector and the health industry of the different European partners. Conversely, the representatives of the Saxon health industry also benefited from hearing about the innovative concepts of other European regions.
About the TITTAN project
In April 2016 HEALTHY SAXONY together with other six European regions (Galicia as project coordinator, Almere, Basque Country, Lombardy, Lower Silesia and Scotland) started the two-year project TITTAN (Network for Technology, Innovation and Translation in Ageing). The exchange, comparison and implementation of good practices in healthcare are the main goals of the research project. Thus, TITTAN contributes to the improvement of the quality of life and performance of the European regional healthcare systems in relation to healthy and active ageing.
The development, introduction and implementation of innovative technology-based products and solutions are funded through the project with €1.7 million from Interreg Europe. In a series of international workshops, different regionally tested good practices are compared and suggestions for improvement are made to the participating regions. The results of the project will be recommendations for action which propose regional policy approaches to improving healthy and active ageing across Europe.
The international project offers HEALTHY SAXONY the opportunity to introduce Saxony’s health industry at European level and to learn at the same time about other established structural models.
About HEALTHY SAXONY
HEALTHY SAXONY, the face of Saxony’s healthcare sector, was established in March 2014. The association has at the moment 23 well-known members, like the two University Hospitals of Saxony, the Heart Centers Dresden and Leipzig, the Hospital Chemnitz, stakeholders from outpatient and inpatient treatment as well as AOK Plus, the largest statutory health insurance company in Saxony. The members of the association are directly represented as stakeholders in the TITTAN project. The predecessor of the association was a project funded by the Saxon Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection and designed to create a coordination center for the healthcare sector. Carus Consilium Sachsen GmbH and the Dresden International University GmbH were the promoters of the concluded project.
The association aims at promoting science and research, the public healthcare sector and the public care system. From the cooperation between the different members benefit not only companies and universities, but the mutual exchange and transfer of knowledge also means an asset for consumers. Among other tasks, the association brings new ideas and results to conferences and meetings and helps to create and support care projects, which are frequently cross-sectoral. Furthermore, it supports its members by identifying and opening funding opportunities and by participating in EU competence networks. Above all, small and medium-sized enterprises can benefit from the creation and maintenance of a digital database for Saxony: the Digital Health Atlas of Saxony www.healthy-saxony.com, as well as from the promotion of relevant findings of scientific research and their implementation into practice and public dissemination.
Head office of HEALTHY SAXONY e.V.
Leader of the head office: Dr. Olaf Müller
Project team members: Estefanía Luque Delgado, Sophia Mittelstädt
Phone: + 49 351 458-7099