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DigitalLIFE4CE: the EU project to increase digital health systems competitiveness of European countries has been completed

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Creating an area of excellence in the field of integrated health systems where cooperation mechanisms, aimed at achieving flexible solutions, can be activated quickly and transferred to strategic players; overcoming the fragmentation of the health system and the lack of cooperation between players in the industry; strengthening the capacity for innovation of the region starting from a shared knowledge of the solutions of excellence adopted by each partner. These are the key objectives of the “DigitalLIFE4CE (Fostering innovation in integrated healthcare systems solutions) project that closed in October. The project, part of the Interreg Central Europe region cooperation program, saw the participation of Fondazione Bruno Kessler and the Autonomous Province of Trento, with Trentino Health 4.0, the Competence Center for the development of digital health.

To achieve this goal, the Consortium’s partners sought new solutions in integrated digital health systems through transnational alliances between strategic players operating in the field of innovation in health services based in Central Europe. The project, launched in April 2017, involved nine partners (research and innovation centers, technology parks, political organizations/administrations) from seven European states that created a network of excellence in the field of digital health systems, where stakeholders could cooperate to reach solutions, facilitate and improve knowledge, skills and good practices sharing.

In this perspective, actions focused on two levels: local and transnational. With regard to the first level, seven hubs were created (CEDHES – Central Europe Digital Healthcare Excellence Spot) – one for each partner (or two partners, in the case of Germany and Italy) with the aim of improving each hub’s ecosystem thanks to collaborations with other Consortium partners.

In particular, the pilot action of TrentinoSalute4.0, as CEDHES for the area of northern Italy (see the interview with our researcher Oscar Mayora), created synergies in its Network Alliance, focused on “Technical & Organizational Infrastructure for Integrated Digital Healthcare”, to make the nost of collaboration opportunities with private entities, such as companies that can offer additional services to citizens and patients. In this perspective, we worked closely with the Croatian partner, STEP-RI (The Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka) in the definition of a business model and strategies for entering the market (watch the video) and with a SME based in Munich, for the development of technologies in the management of chronic diseases.

As for the transnational context, the Consortium has created a six-year roadmap, which includes: a Think Tank, formally established in March 2019, whose goal is to contribute to the definition of digital health related policies, as well as Task Forces, working groups that aim to meet four key goals:

  1. consolidate and improve skills
  2. facilitate market entry
  3. facilitate access to technology solutions
  4. improve the potential for innovation.

Specifically, TS4.0 has started collaborations with FH Burgenland (University of Applied Sciences of Burgenland – Austria) with the aim of transferring the knowledge and skills gained in Trentino in the field of digital health to the new Competence Center of the Austrian region .

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When
The project started in April 2017 and ended in October 2019.

Who/Where
• Project funded by Interreg Central Europe
• 9 partners (research and innovation centers, technology parks, political organizations/administrations) from 7 Central European States: FH Burgerland in Austria, as leader; Gesundheitsforen Leipzig/Med in Leipzig and the Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Soziales und Verbraucherschutz in Germany; Fondazione Bruno Kessler and the Autonomous Province of Trento in Italy; Pannon Business Network in Hungary; Technoloski Park Lubljana in Slovenia; Wrocław Technology Park in Poland, and StepRi in Croatia.

Why
The project was created to overcome the fragmentation of the health system and the lack of cooperation between actors in this industry, both locally and in the Central European states. To achieve this goal, the project is looking for new solutions in integrated digital health systems trying to create transnational alliances between strategic actors that act in the field of health services innovation. The strengthening of the region’s capacity for innovation must start from a shared understanding of the solutions of excellence adopted by each partner. An exchange of this magnitude can thus offer a range of tools, methodologies, initiatives and good practices that can help define an effective combination of policies, research and development in the field of digital health.

Total funding
1.5 million euros for 2 and a half years

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In the gallery, the pictures from the project closeout meeting (October 2019)