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Roessingh Research and Development (RRD), Enschede, the Netherlands

Organisation and relevant experience: RRD is a research & development SME in the area of rehabilitation technology and telemedicine with strong formalized links to one of the largest rehabilitation Centres in the Netherlands (Roessingh Rehabilitation Centre) and the University of Twente. RRD’s mission is to carry out scientific research and contribute to its commercialization and implementation in clinical practice. RRD develops innovations in a multidisciplinary team and in close collaboration with all stakeholders (patients, informal and formal caregivers, academia, health care organisations, and industry). RRD has extensive experience in many aspects of the development of innovative technology-supported health and care services from initial scenario development and requirements elicitation with all stakeholders, technology development (ambulant sensing, IT services platform, Decision Support, personal context-aware coaching systems), user studies focused on usability, acceptance and user satisfaction, and large scale clinical evaluation studies up to the implementation of new services in daily clinical practice. RRD has developed its own service platform that enables multimodal monitoring and coaching of physical and mental health – including a virtual agent that guides the user through the care path. RRD is experienced in AAL projects, namely IS-ACTIVE, PEARL, SALSA, SOULMATE and LEAVES (coordinating partner). Results of such research projects have been transferred to the market by means of spin-off companies and are being used extensively in clinical practice.

Task in the project: Coordinator, technology provider, technology developer, representative of the end-users of the toolkit

Pharos Expertisecentrum Gezondheidsverschillen (PHAROS), Utrecht, the Netherlands 

Organisation and relevant experience: PHAROS is the Dutch national centre of expertise on health disparities and focuses on a) sustainable improvement of the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of care and prevention for people with limited health literacy, non-western migrants and refugees, and b) reducing existing health disparities between different groups of people. PHAROS’ expertise focuses on the entire health care system and on all areas that are important for health. The PHAROS programme eHealth4ALL[1] addresses accessibility of eHealth applications for users with limited health literacy and eHealth literacy.

Task in the project: PHAROS will act as end user in the project

TU Wien: Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology – Human Computer Interaction Group (TUW), Vienna, Austria

Organisation and relevant experience: TU Wien (TUW) is the largest technical university in Austria, conducting leading edge scientific research and education in engineering and natural sciences, having ICT as a strategic research focus. The project is affiliated with the HCI group at the Institute for Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology. The group draws on relevant social sciences research, combined with participatory user engagement, to make contributions to the design of technologies that enhance interactive experiences and quality of life. Addressing ethical dimensions is an inseparable and integrated part of the group’s approach. Research foci include older people, home and health/self-care, motivations and experiences of older technology users, acceptance and adoption of new technologies, ethics and social impact of ICT and ageing, social interaction and collaboration. Their expertise covers a range of research approaches including ethnographic methods, lab-based user studies, exploratory design and design-based research. Partner TUW has project experience, including current FP7, JP-AAL and national projects, many involving industry partners and close engagement with participant organisations.

Tasks in the project: Co-creation and evaluation of prototypes with older adults

Johanniter Österreich Ausbildung und Forschung gemeinnützige GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Organisation and relevant experience: Johanniter Österreich Ausbildung und Forschung gemeinnützige GmbH (JOAFG) is part of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe in Austria (JUH). JOAFG aims to provide health related knowledge to the broad public as well as training and education to medical professionals in care and emergency medical services. Since 2012, JOAFG has its own research department - Johanniter Research and Innovation Centre - conducting research projects in the field of health care, especially AAL and ICT and is equipped with a demo lab for AAL technologies, and in the field of safety and security. JOAFG is experienced in research projects from regional to international level in its fields of work and in processing of funding projects (e.g. AAL JP, benefit, H2020, benefit, KIRAS). The personnel of Johanniter Research and Innovation Centre is well established by communication and social science, psychology, philosophy, care science, public health, jurisdiction and socio-economics. The Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe in Austria was established in 1974 and follows the principles of a Christian organization providing nowadays - besides others - mobile (palliative -; emergency-) care, patient (emergency) transports and emergency call systems. JOAFG is professionally supported by JUH’s staff members and heads, who act as gatekeepers to end users and stakeholders. 

Task in the project: research centre with access to end users;lead of the secondary end user involvement. Recruitment of first end users. Ethical lead.

Danish Committee for Health Education, Copenhagen, Denmark

Organisation and relevant experience: The Danish Committee for Health Education (DCHE) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, which was founded in 1964. In total 40 people are employed in DCHE. DCHE has close working relations with public authorities like the Ministry of Health, the National Board of Health and private organizations in the health field. The membership organizations are primarily professional associations in the health field and the associations of county councils and local authorities. Sponsored by mainly public health authorities, DCHE develops and produces health promotion material on many themes and to many target groups. Themes include pregnancy prevention, child and maternity health, sexually transmitted diseases, breastfeeding, child raising and alcohol problems. During the last 10 years The Danish Committee for Health Education has gained strong expertise in developing, implementing and evaluating patient education, where the trainers consist of health professionals as well as volunteers of non-health professionals. DCHE has been implementing the programs in almost all 98 municipalities and at several hospitals in Denmark. DCHE has shared these findings via European networks and initiatives, founding the European Network on Patient Empowerment (ENOPE), leading and partnering the EC-projects PiSCE and PRO STEP on self-care and self-management, representing Denmark in the Joint Action CHRODIS+, and coordinating the Self-Care In Europe (SCiE)-award winning Self-Care Week Europe campaigns.

Tasks in the project: Stakeholder mapping, outreach, communication, and dissemination.