31 partners joined for the SmartCare project, including AER and several AER members. You can find partner list and further information on SmartCare project website.
Integrated care is about closing the traditional division between health and social care. More particularly, integrated care:
• Recognizes the interdependence between health and social care outcomes and offer person-centred care;
• Addresses the increasing demand for care arising from the ageing of the European population;
• Facilitates the social integration and the independence of society’s more vulnerable groups and, notably, of older European citizens;
• Improves system efficiency through better coordination of care.
With small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as its main target, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP 2007-2013) supported innovation activities (including eco-innovation), provided better access to finance and delivers business support services in the regions. It encouraged a better take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and helped to develop the information society. It also promoted the increased use of renewable energies and energy efficiency. As part of the CIP, SmartCare project was co-funded by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme.
One of the main reasons for the missing link between social care and health is that both service systems have developed without a coherent vision of how both systems should interact. The SmartCare project was to define, deliver and pilot a multifunctional comprehensive integrated ICT infrastructure. Ten pilot sites were identified and piloting SmartCare services were carried out across Europe. Evidence-based plans were created for further service mainstreaming. Guidance on service transferability were developed for other regions.
What is AER’s role and how to get involved?
|AER collected inputs from the European regional community to ensure that the objectives of the project were in line with the expectations of European regions and disseminated the outcomes of the project to the regions that could be interested in realising ICT supported integrated care. AER organised seminars on integrated care.
|You can find more information on SmartCare project website.
AER was the manager of the second group of regions, the ‘Committed Regions Board’ (CRB), conducting all the tasks of CRB. CRB acted as collector of inputs coming from the wider European regional community and as primary instrument of dissemination towards regional decision makers for integrated care services uptake. Regions could join the CRB to follow the project progress and to be among the first regions to which the SmartCare transferability model was applied.
|As part of the CIP, SmartCare project was co-funded by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme.
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