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    Implementation of a pan-European ecosystem and an interoperable platform for Smart and Healthy Ageing in Europe: An Innovation Action research protocol

    Seidel, Katja and Labor, Melanie and Lombard-Vance, Richard and McEvoy, Emma and Cooke, Michael and D’Arino, Lucia and Desmond, Deirdre and Ferri, Delia and Franke, Philip and Gheno, Ilenia and Grigoleit, Sonja and Guerra, Barbara and Krukowski, Artur and Pešoutová, Marketa and Pietri, Ilia and Prendergast, David and Maguire, Rebecca and Manso, Marco and Saris, A. Jamie and Sarlio-Siintola, Sari and Silva, Tatiana and Zarogianni, Eleni and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2022) Implementation of a pan-European ecosystem and an interoperable platform for Smart and Healthy Ageing in Europe: An Innovation Action research protocol. Open Research Europe, 2 (85). pp. 1-24. ISSN 2732-5121

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    As life expectancy continues to increase in most EU Member States, smart technologies can help enable older people to continue living at home, despite the challenges accompanying the ageing process. The Innovation Action (IA) SHAPES 'Smart and Healthy Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive Systems' funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (grant agreement number 857159) attends to these topics to support active and healthy ageing and the wellbeing of older adults. This protocol article outlines the SHAPES project's objectives and aims, methods, structure, and expected outcomes. SHAPES seeks to build, pilot, and deploy a large-scale, EU-standardised interoperable, and scalable open platform. The platform will facilitate the integration of a broad range of technological, organisational, clinical, educational, and social solutions. SHAPES emphasises that the home is much more than a house-space; it entails a sense of belonging, a place and a purpose in the community. SHAPES creates an ecosystem - a network of relevant users and stakeholders - who will work together to scale-up smart solutions. Furthermore, SHAPES will create a marketplace seeking to connect demand and supply across the home, health and care services. Finally, SHAPES will produce a set of recommendations to support key stakeholders seeking to integrate smart technologies in their care systems to mediate care delivery. Throughout, SHAPES adopts a multidisciplinary research approach to establish an empirical basis to guide the development of the platform. This includes long-term ethnographic research and a large-scale pan-European campaign to pilot the platform and its digital solutions within the context of seven distinct pilot themes. The project will thereby address the challenges of ageing societies in Europe and facilitate the integration of community-based health and social care. SHAPES will thus be a key driver for the transformation of healthcare and social care services across Europe.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Healthy ageing; assistive technologies; care; data protection; digital technologies; ethics; ethnography; integrated care; interoperability; medical devices; older adults; open ecosystems; quality of life; scalability; socio-technical systems; standardisation; transdisciplinary;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Human Health Institute
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Faculty of Social Sciences > International Development
    Item ID: 18475
    Identification Number:
    Depositing User: Rebecca Maguire
    Date Deposited: 04 May 2024 14:34
    Journal or Publication Title: Open Research Europe
    Publisher: Taylor and Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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