This project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 611709
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The Fill the Gap service aims to identify unmet needs in the Health space that can be solved with the use of technology. That is, "market gaps" where seems there are not enough IT solutions and, therefore, can become business opportunities for eHealth entrepreneurs and companies (especially SMEs).
Once the needs have been identified, the GET partners will disseminate them to promote their uptake by the eHealth community. The objective is to trigger the development of solutions following a demand-driven approach. If there are already solutions that address a need (at least partially), the GET partners will collect and exchange the information to avoid duplication and support critical mass.
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Affordable system to manage the pool of mobile devices in healthcare organizations
Type proposer: Healthcare organization
The system has to control and manage the mobile devices handed to the personnel of the healthcare organization (mainly clinicians). Among other funtionalities, it has to support the configuration, installation and update of software, access permissions and restrictions, localization etc. Ideally, it should provide also anti-theft measures. There is a solution by a large IT corporation, but its price makes it unaffordable.
Get personalized answers to patient´s non-critical issues from trusted sources
Type proposer: Patient
Specially after diagnosis, patients may have questions or issues (for example, about nutrition or activities compatible with treatment) after interacting with his/her clinician in their visit. These questions typically are not critical as to request an inmediate new visit, but enough as to bother them. Because its non-urgent nature, the communitation does not need to be syncronous (answers could be received after several hours). Though some patients would only interact with their clinician of reference, others will welcome the opportuntity to get resposnses from other sources. If interacting with their clinician, what is very important for patients is that the possibility to use the digital communication channel has been agreed in advance, so they do not feel that are ´bothering´ the clinician. For example, some clinicians encourage their patients to use whatsapp to make them questions, till corporate tools are provided to them. If accessing another source (another clinician or an information sytem), it is critical that the patient perceives the source as trustable. Usually the questions are very specific to the patient condition, so accessing a general, non-structured repository of content is unlikely that delivers value. Therefore the solution has to be able to manage personalized responses.
Support conditions specific to older people, like sarcopenia in the context of physical frailty
Type proposer: Pharma + academic partners
Fighting sarcopenia, thereby improving muscle function, should translate in a decrease of associated outcomes like falls and fractures. However it is currently an underdiagnosed geriatric condition, and there is a need to develop innovative treatments including with the support of ICT solutions.
Telemonitoring system of cardiac failure patients that requires minimal user interaction
Type proposer: Healthcare organization
Cardiac Failure (CF) is one of the most prevalent conditions in Europe, and it is expected that will keep on growing in the future. There is already technology available to telemonitor CF patients in order to prevent episodes that end up in hospitalization. However, current methods and sensors usually require the pro-active participation of the patient, which may end up with patient abandonment due to the daily extra effort required, among others. It would be desirable that the monitor technology is as transparent as possible to the patient (ie requiring minimal intervention from her side, ideally none), while effectively informing when an action is needed.
Technology to overcome the sensation of solitude
Type proposer: University researcher
There is a massive amount of gadgets to control and monitor elderly chronic patients without human interaction, and this sometimes makes them feel alone and disconnected from human touch. Once they feel the human interaction is not need to keep them alive, they lose the interest in their own lives, some of them stop treatment or become reluctant to the use of technology. We need to find empathic technology, and pay more attention to this group as life expectancy keeps on increasing in our society.
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The EU Marketplace for eHealth & EIP on Active and Healthy Ageing that took place on 22 September in Brussels was a huge success.
We had more than 180 attendees from 27 countries, 16 topics through the "Meet & Debate" tables, 25 short presentations in the Speakers' Corner and more than 200 matchmaking meetings.
We invite you to read a short summary of the event and feedback received and to share this with your colleagues as appropriate. As you can see, the dynamic format was welcomed by all and the number of profile views on the website has now exceeded 4,000+ so the impact of the event continues to grow. Read event summary in the document below.
We designed a new experience to collect unmet needs during the EU Marketplace for eHealth & EIP on Active and Healthy Ageing that took place the 22nd september in Brussels as part of the European Commission event “Growing the Silver Economy in Europe”.
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