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Need for innovation

The number of elderly people is rising worldwide, causing a fundamental shift in the demographics. Without preparations made for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, the increasing demand will increase the costs for healthcare. Innovation plays a key role in delivering solutions to enhance quality of life of an ageing population while ensuring health and social care systems sustainability. The wide use of digital tools for citizen empowerment and person-centred care depend on the contribution of local and regional ecosystems, stakeholder groups, and organisations, including industry, civil society, academia, and public administration.

EMPOWERING INNOVATION FOR AGEING

The Innovation Networks for Scaling Active and Healthy Ageing (IN-4-AHA), is an EU project that runs from January 2021 until January 2023, and is funded under Horizon 2020. The project focuses on the engagements of existing and needed mechanisms to empower the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) ecosystem and the cross-border scale-up of tested and ready-to-use applications towards healthcare. IN-4-AHA will build upon the legacy of the EIP on AHA ecosystem to advance digital innovation for the benefit of the silver economy. Besides coordinating and supporting the further scale-up of mechanisms provided by EIP on AHA and its stakeholders towards a more efficient uptake of innovation cycle in active and healthy ageing, the IN-4-AHA project will also engage with and bring together new supply and demand actors.

VALUABLE OUTCOME

The main outcome of the IN-4-AHA project is an innovation scale-up model that is validated by stakeholders and complemented by a clear implementation roadmap, an innovation impact evaluation toolkit and a strategy for long-term investments. 

The innovation scale-up model should lead to the organizational and behavioural change in respective authorities to meet the needs of suppliers and demand-side and help innovative solutions reach the community with shorter time.

Please be advised that the eventual outcomes of the project reflect only the author’s view. Despite provision of funding, the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. 

WORK PACKAGES

WP1

Project Management and Coordination

lead partner Tehnopol Science and Business Park

WP2

Market Enablers, Policies and Demand

lead partner EIT Health Scandinavia

WP3

Co-designing AHA Innovation Model

lead partner Tehnopol Science and Business Park

WP4

Service Tests and Adoption

lead partner Cluster Saúde de Galicia

WP5

Innovation Impact Evaluation

lead partner Proud Engineers Ltd

WP6

Long-term Investment Strategy

lead partner Civitta Estonia AS

WP7

Dissemination and Communication

lead partner European Regional and Local Health Authorities ASBL

BUILDING THE BRIDGE WITH EIP ON AHA

The European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) was launched by the European Commission in 2011. Ever since, the partnership gathered stakeholders from the European, national and regional level of Europe to discuss active and healthy ageing. The EIP on AHA is structured via two pillars, namely Action Groups and Reference Sites.  

Besides building on the legacy of EIP on AHA and further advancing its mission to target ecosystems and scale up innovation in active and healthy ageing, there are also important synergies between EIP on AHA and IN-4-AHA. The day-to-day experience of policy development and implementation of innovation in health and care sector will be analysed in close connection to Action Groups and Reference Sites as part of WP2 activities led by a EIT Health and, reference site representative, University of Porto (Porto4Ageing).