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Active ageing: TrentinoSalute4.0 got 4 stars as EIP AHA’s Reference Site

10/10/2022 By

TS4.0 press release

Trento, 10/10/2022

Four stars awarded today by the EU in Brussels to the Trentino Center of Expertise on Digital Health for healthy aging policies

This afternoon in Brussels, the Autonomous Province of Trento, through TS4.0, received the award as Reference site” of the European and innovation partnership on active and healthy aging ( Eip-Aha) from the European Commission.

The four stars (the highest rating) awarded to TrentinoSalute4.0, a competence center for the development of digital health in Trentino, established in 2016 by APSS, PAT and FBK, come thanks to the policies and innovative digital solutions implemented also for seniors.

Together with the Autonomous Province of Trento/TS4.0, the award went to 11 Italian Regional governments and organizations – Piedmont, Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Tuscany, Marche, Campania, Puglia, San Marino, Tor Vergata University/Lazio, Municipality of Palermo-Ragusa-and other 65 selected in Europe.

Why four stars to TS4.0?

In addition to TreC+ (Citizen’s Health Records), the digital health platform that allows access, through its applications, to the Digital Health Records and to the entire ecosystem of digital health services provided by the Provincial Health Authority, the Autonomous Province of Trento has demonstrated, through TS4.0, that it has a shared and open Governance (Province, Apss, FBK, businesses, associations, citizens and others) for the design and deployment of health innovations. It is also engaged in the co-creation, testing and development of health promotion services and Apps that interact with citizens, local authorities, research, social cooperatives, associations and business partners (“Living Lab” approach).

One example is the “Trentino Salute+” project, which not only encourages not healthy lifestyles, but also fosters active involvement of people (and the communities in which they live) by promoting the empowerment of patients in taking an active role in their health self-care. The App also incentivizes exercise thanks to the gamification function with geocaching, virtual treasure hunts (co-created with seniors) available on the city of Trento, in Val di Non/Adamello Brenta Park and in the Tesino Highlands. As an Eip-Aha “Reference Sitethe Province of Trento aims to work and develop Health+ specifically addressing active ageing. This will enable the local experience to be exported to other European countries, and take example from the good practices of other Reference Sites, while also participating in EU Commission funding calls on this topic.

And again: to fight marginalization and demographic decline and to meet the health needs of residents in more remote valleys, the PAT, with TrentinoSalute4.0, is developing a new community care model, linking people and health care providers with telemedicine support and ensuring equal access to care throughout the province.

During the period of the Covid19 emergency, these digital solutions (TreC cardiology, TreC diabetes, TreC pediatrics, TreC ophthalmology, virtual visits, e-prescription, TreCovid19, Vicino@te, Covibot, etc..) have ensured the continuity of the service and have proved particularly useful for the elderly, patients with chronic diseases, hospitalized patients. Finally, also training courses for operators and citizens on digital technologies have been launched throughout the Province.

“We are happy and proud of this award”- said provincial councillor for health, social policies, disability and family, Stefania Segnana – “which confirms that some of the choices made by this administration were good. I am thinking of the strong commitment, during the long months of the pandemic, in not making people feel alone, on the one hand through an ‘open network’ that involved our health professionals, but also the other subjects and associations operating in the local communities, and on the other hand our excellences in the field of research, with digital solutions, precisely, that ensured the continuity of remote assistance, such as those developed thanks to TreC+. It is a model of community care”- the Councillor added -“that ensures that all our citizens, both from the valleys and the main centers, have access to the same kind of care, a need that emerged even more clearly during the pandemic emergency, and also a matter of equity of care.”

The prize was awarded in Brussels by the Reference Site Collaborative Network and collected on behalf of PAT by Lorenzo Gios, project manager for TrentinoSalute4.0 and Gabriele Pedrini, an officer with the EU Liaison Office of the Province.

What is AHA EIP?

It is the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging, which aims to disseminate and transfer best practices throughout Europe.

The initiative, launched by the European Commission in 2013, is open to all stakeholders at the EU level: regional governments, cities, universities, hospitals, and care organizations that focus on a comprehensive, innovation-based approach to active and healthy aging. The Autonomous Province of Trento, with the support of TS4.0, has been part of it since 2016 when it was awarded – at the first evaluation – two stars, that went up to three in 2019.

The Eip-Aha provides an opportunity to test and implement actions and protocols capable of developing positive effects, from reducing public spending (cutting uptake and costs of social and health services), increasing investment and productivity in the field of new technologies applied to social and health services, and developing new opportunities in the labor market.

In particular, the actions carried out in recent years by the Province of Trento, through the Department of Health and Social Policy and TS4.0,  implement what was envisaged in the Plans for the development and adoption of innovative solutions and technologies for disease prevention, health promotion, and the provision of care and treatment throughout life, for healthy and independent living of seniors, including intelligent and age-friendly health and care solutions. These actions help translate the strategic goals of Eip-Aha into practice, including: increasing the period of healthy and active living by two years, and cutting the costs of the provincial health care system.

Like other Italian and European “reference sites,” TS4.0 is committed to developing strategies to promote health innovation through resource investments in innovative digital health solutions that produce improvements in the quality of life of the population, health efficiency and sustainability, social care support, economic growth and increased competitiveness.

What does it mean to be a “Reference Site”?

The award was granted to regions, provinces and entities that have shown excellence in the development, adoption and expansion of innovative practices to address active and healthy aging.

The European Eip-Aha Partnership (to date there are 102 reference sites throughout Europe) promotes collaboration in an integrated ecosystem of regional governmental entities that deal with health matters, business, academia, and civil society (such as organizations representing seniors and patients).

The reference sites honored today in Brussels were able to field projects and actions that provide creative and transferable solutions to other regions of Europe. Facilitating this exchange of knowledge fosters the creation of an environment in which everyone can learn, transfer and adapt knowledge and regulations to other reference sites, mutually mentoring and coaching, with the goal of improving the lives and health of older people. In this way, each site can individually continue to mature and develop to meet the challenge of aging within its region with a collective and system approach.

Active aging can act on the economic organization as a whole, promoting an increase in the number of people staying healthy and a consequent decrease in social welfare burdens, with positive effects on the resilience of the health care system as well.

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About the Author

Marzia Lucianer: Marzia Lucianer, giornalista scientifica, responsabile Press Office and Digital Communication di TrentinoSalute4.0