exthex is a research and development SME that strongly focusses on close-to-market operations.
In contrast to university research whose institutions are important partners, the aim of exthex is to found spin-offs based on the results of successful research projects and to establish them on the market for the long-term. exthex puts the focus on research in the future markets AAL, IoT and smart energy management. The experienced team has been participating in national and international research projects for several years, both as coordinator and partner.
|AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
AIT is Austria’s largest extra-university research centre in applied research and development. AIT cooperates with researchers at universities and other institutions of higher education or research nationally and internationally and Austria’s most important enterprises are partners or shareholders of AIT. AIT is represented in this consortium by the AIT group “Biomedical Systems” from the Center of Health & Bioresources. The center has been involved in R&D on assistive and Active and Assisted Living technologies as well as medical research since 1994. The AIT unit Biomedical Systems performs R&D in the fields of eHealth and smart biomedical systems development. One of the key research areas of the smart biomedical systems group are assisted living and smart home technologies. The research focus lies in the AAL domain on behaviour pattern recognition, middleware platforms and services and user interfaces.
|Caritas Diocesana de Coimbra
Cáritas Coimbra is an NGO that supports around 26.500 people/year with health, social and education services in the Central Region of Portugal. It has nearly 90 centres (with 149 different services), 1000 workers and 150 volunteers. Cáritas Coimbra is actively involved in many regional, national and international projects and is a member of Ageing@Coimbra, a EIP-AHA reference site with 3 stars; is a founding member and Vice-President of the European Covenant on Demographic Change; Coordinator on the D4 group of the EIP-AHA – Age-friendly Buildings, Cities and Environments and Coordinator of the Thematic Network Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environments. Cáritas has been very active on matching digitalization with end-user needs, developing high skills on the assessment and compliance of ethical issues on ICT, usability and easiness of use for people in frail conditions and also on the field development of pilots.
|University of Deusto, eVIDA
eVIDA is a research group of the University of Deusto committed to research on and development of ICT-based tools, systems and interventions for psychological, social and physical health. Over the last decade, eVIDA has established close working relationships with key local stakeholders including hospitals, charities, other research groups and ICT companies. eVIDA conducts applied research in two main areas. In the field of ICTs for Wellbeing, eVIDA researches, designs, develops and tests tools and systems which enable disabled people and the elderly to live more independent lives. eVIDA is involved in creating apps and for person-centred care, and various tele-medicine and tele-monitoring systems. Work in this area has included applied research aimed at assisting groups such as people with intellectual disabilities, people with autism, people with visual impairments, people with hearing impairments, and people with multiple sclerosis. In the field of health, eVIDA is specialized in creating diagnostic tools and systems and interventions for people with health. eVIDA is participating in SUNFRAIL project from the 3rd health Program, CATCH ITN Marie Sklodowska-Curie action and is active in EIP-AHA groups.The results of its research and its application have been published in over sixty scientific articles in international journals and books and have been presented over than 150 international scientific conferences. eVIDA has been awarded with the University of Deusto Banco Santander Research Award in 2007 and the ONCE Euskadi-Solidarios Research Award in 2007.
|Ideable Solutions, SL
Ideable Solutions (IDE) is a software company specialized on web, cloud and mobile solutions for eldercare sector and Industry 4.0. As a company focused on eldercare sector, Ideable already has broad experience in using technology in the eldercare sector and already has signed agreements with partners and clients in Spain, Switzerland, UK, Panama, Portugal, Italy, etc. and has worked for many years in analysing eldercare sector and studying market trends and disruptive innovations for this market. Ideable Solutions is internationally recognized in this field, is highly productive and has proven experience in management of national and international network projects on eldercare sector, and with the development and international sales of its IT platform for elder caring, Kwido. Ideable is responsible for Kwido (see more at www.kwido.com) the international cloud platform for caring elderly people by accessible and usable mobile devices. It both works in promoting independent living at home, social connection, health monitoring, etc. Kwido includes a rehabilitation platform for cognitive impairment based on serious games. Also includes a complete health monitoring platform with even teleconsultation features. Ideable also participates in the zocaalo AAL project for designing a marketplace for accessible and usable apps for elderly users and caregivers, in PETAL AAL Project for improving quality of life of elderly users using lights and IOANNA for offering accessible services and products for elderly customers. Ideable is an important stakeholder in the Spanish ehealth ecosystem and organized the eHealthBilbao congress along with the Bilbao City Council in 2015 and the AgingBilbao event for the Spanish national telecare market in 2017.
|Medical University of Vienna
Founded in 1365 as Medical Faculty and independent since 2004, the Medical University of Vienna (MUW) is today one of the most traditional medical training and research facilities in Europe. With its 26 university hospitals, 3 clinical institutes, 12 theoretical medicine centres and numerous highly specialised laboratories, it is included among the most important cutting-edge research institutes of Europe in the area of biomedicine. Its own laboratory building with highly specialised « Core Facilities » was inaugurated in June 2010 with the « Anna Spiegel Research Building”. 5 Research Clusters unite MUW competences in an interdisciplinary way – across departments:
Immunology, Cancer Research/Oncology, Medical Neuroscience, Medical Imaging, Cardiovascular Cluster. Because MUW closely combines fundamental research and clinical application, the newest research results benefit, among others, the 670.000 university hospital patients every year: in the University General Hospital (AKH) about 1.500 MUW doctors treat more than 100.000 inpatients and about 540.000 as outpatients each year, based on the latest research findings. At the same time findings from clinical routine are reintegrated into research, e.g. through clinical studies.
MUW is dedicated to the triple track strategy – the simultaneous operation of research, education and patient care as equally important core tasks. These three cornerstones of research, education and the treatment of patients each contribute equally to the medical and scientific quality of the university.
The Section for Outcomes Research at the Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics, and Intelligent Systems of the Medical University of Vienna analyses outcome data in healthcare, develops corresponding instruments, optimizes measurement scales and adapts assessments to different contexts. Outcomes include the measurement of clinical signs and symptoms as well as results of medical interventions, but also quality of life, functioning, pain, fatigue or the impact of exercise-induced dyspnoea in daily life – outcomes which are most important for patients.
In people with acute and chronic health conditions of the cardiovascular system, other internal organs or the musculoskeletal system, in children, in older adults and in rehabilitation, it is essential to include the perspective of patients into outcome measurement. The Section for Outcomes Research develops methods to measure, analyse and compare outcomes in healthcare by using complex scores, patient-reported instruments, multivariate models, Rasch analyses, mixed methods, and activity- and motion-analyses. Data gathering is optimized with sensor technologies and digital health solutions. Furthermore, qualitative research methods are developed and applied.
The MUW has recently developed a strategy to create a digital health hub targeting prevention and occupational health in the coming years.
|New Design University
The New Design University sees itself in continuous dialogue with the intensive development of society, which should be observed and investigated. Social and technological developments, scientific knowledge and artistic achievements must be comprehended in their interaction in order to develop a conception of the social dynamics.
During previous projects within the AAL joint program NDU gathered a high level of experience in leading user requirements engineering work-packages applying the user-centred design development process methodology and using as well the ISO 9241-210 standard for the involvement of end-users for the user requirements engineering studies in these research projects. In particular NDU’s user-inspired innovation process methodology focuses on preferences in technology acceptance, technology use as well as on preferences of end-users for aesthetical and emotional product criteria. For the studies with end-users NDU uses methods of on one side qualitative social research and on the other side methods of design research. The use of such a trans-disciplinary research approach aims at creating a “best of both” research methodology to receive extensive data about the everyday life routines, wishes and demands of the end-users of a project.
Furthermore NDU has the capability to contribute to subsequent product design development phases by creating holistic product concepts and mock-ups to ensure the alignment of a technology development which fulfils true end-user needs. In past projects NDU gathered experience in creating design concepts which focus on social connectedness, active ageing and the empowerment of our elderly generation. Moreover NDU has been contributing to the evaluation work-packages in recent research projects. As a scientific partner NDU has additionally a profound expertise in the contribution to dissemination activities to research projects.
|Red Cross Styria
The Austrian Red Cross – A worldwide movement
« To improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.” This is the mission statement of the 191 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world.
The Styrian Red Cross is one of nine national associations in Austria, covering the following main departments: Blood program, Ambulance services, Direct Emergency Call, Disaster Management, Training-Services, Youth Red Cross, First Aid and Development-Cooperation and Health and Community.
In 2017, the Styrian Red Cross had around 13.000 employees, who were living the mission of helping people each day. As a result, over 1,5 million emergency calls and 560.000 rescue and ambulance operations were carried out in 16 different districts within the entire national region of Styria.
One big achievement of the Styrian Red Cross has been celebrated with the 40-year anniversary of its ‘Mobile Care Services’ division, which carried out 450.500 home visits and supported over 5.200 elderly people in 2017. Another milestone has been set with the department of ‘Direct Emergency Call’, which ensured the 24/7 safety for more than 5.700 people, most of them living alone. Furthermore, 60 people lived in ‘Red Cross Assisted Living-Houses’, while about 80 people received the 24 hours care within their private residence. Also ‘active aging’ played an important role during 2017 with a participation of about 2000 visitors at different meetings for elderly people promoting the ideas of ‘active aging’ and staying in good shape during grandevity.
|Stëftung Hëllef Doheem
SHD is the largest not for profit community nursing, health and social care Provider in Luxembourg. Besides general nursing activities, support in acts of daily living (ADL) and domestic support task, SHD also provides specialised nursing and therapeutic care including palliative / end of life care. Although SHD caters for all age groups it specialises in the care of elderly people. The care provided is 360° around the needs of each individual client through the support of a range of health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and dieticians. It also manages a number of Day Care centres which are caring for people with severe disabilities as well people suffering from mild to severe forms of dementia.
Since 2001, SHD manages Sécher Doheem Telecare service and has been using technologies such as fall, epilepsy detection and mobile geofencing sensors.
SHD has been involved in various AAL projects since 2013 and is funded through the Fond national de la recherche (FNR).