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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
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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.
Neurodigital Technologies is a company with a long experience working in Virtual Reality development, particularly on innovative projects for full immersion. Currently they work with Oculus Rift, a virtual reality glasses, and they also have an inhouse developed glove for haptic stimulation which allows people feel touch sensations in virtual reality environments. It could be possible to older people to interact with friends in the virtual world, playing domino, watch their old village, play with a pet they had at child age, visit places they where have never been...
Type proposer: Patient association
The full benefit of many effective medications will be achieved only if patients adhere to prescribed treatment regimens, which is known as Adherence. However, a World Health Organization study estimates that only 50% of patients suffering from chronic diseases in developed countries follow treatment recommendations. This is not only negative for the patient, but very expensive for thewhole Healthcare system. Though there are a number of digital solutions (specially apps lately) that support medication intake via reminders, it seems that patients still miss further support to fully understand their condition, assess the best treatment options for them or minimize the impact if a dose is missing.
Enable to cost-efficiently creation of apps to exchange data with EHRs
Type proposer: Healthcare organization
Some Healthcare organizations with Electronic Health Records (EHR) are interested in providing their staff with apps that enable to interact with the EHR via mobile devices. The objective is to facilitate to Healhcare professionals and other staff a more cost-effective and convenient exchange of data, usually at the point of care. For the Information Technology department, the app development and deployment cycles should be relatively fast, and take care of usability, security, privacy, multiplatform deployment (for BYOD) and version control. The solution should manage the complete app life-cycle, including usage, in the healthcare context.
New ways to interact between the Pharmaceutical industry and the healthcare professionals
Type proposer: Healthcare professional
The pharmaceutical industry has the legimate right to inform healthcare professionals about the benefits and advantages of their products. For that purpose they usually employ people that visit the healthcare professionals at their offices. Some healthcare professionals find this approach intrusive and of little added value, apart from generating frustration when the meetings take place after a busy day with their patients. Digital technologies may help both sides to establish a more convenient and added-value communication.
Personalized nutritional interventions
Type proposer: Healthcare professional
Dedicated support for personalised nutritional interventions are not available. Such supports could also exploit the value of European culinary tradition as cultural heritage to be transmitted from one generation to the other, by storing information on loco-regional culinary tradition. How and why a recepy or a menu developed over time, how they relate to locally available ingredients, whether they are still sustainable for their impact on health and from the economic point of view etc. might also encourage cultural exchange between different cultural backgrounds, based upon practical activities, at the same time supporting socialization, providing datasets in multiple languages. EHealth solutions to support adequate nutrition should be interoperable with different platforms, and provide easy to access information on applicable regulatory frameworks, available functional foods, cost etc.
Holistic and adaptive innovations to support older citizens
Type proposer: ICT professional
eHealth/ICT- based innovations tend to be technology-driven and geared towards sharp-end solutions (a device or service to solve one particular problem). Holistic and adaptive innovations to support older citizens in maintaining social participation, quality of life and health over time and over different domains are needed, but they are thin on the ground
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SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products that address unmet health needs, today launched the latest SBRI Healthcare competition which aims to accelerate development and NHS adoption of new technologies. In the second tranche of funding this year, a further £2.5 million is on offer to companies working in the priority healthcare areas; Brain Injury; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Diabetic Foot Ulcers; Imaging; and Outpatient Services.
The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare works with leading healthcare players to identify priority areas where technology can be applied to address major healthcare challenges. The programme focuses on clearly identified NHS needs, bringing clinicians and business together at an early stage to harness the expertise of SMEs to develop effective solutions. Successful projects are fully funded through three phases of development – proof of concept, product development and delivery in the marketplace.
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”.
Join us at this open, innovative event aimed at bringing together stakeholders from EIP action groups, reference sites, connected health ecosystems, SMEs, innovators, public officials, patient groups, academics, entrepreneurs and buyers.
A new national Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare competition is being launched by NHS England in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) to find innovative new products and services. The projects will be selected primarily on their potential value to the health service and on the improved outcomes delivered for patients.