Consortium for Assistive Solutions Adoption (CASA)
Consortium for Assistive Solutions Adoption
Start date: Dec 31, 2011,
End date: Dec 30, 2014
Today, regions and governments are faced with an unsustainable situation with increasing pressure on health and social care resulting from demographic changes. With an ageing population, citizens are also increasingly living with chronic diseases and this has serious implications on the future provision of welfare and health services. Chronic diseases now account for an average of two thirds of healthcare costs in the most advanced countries yet about 80% of such diseases are preventable. A new generation of innovative, secure, wearable, interactive health solutions will have to be developed in regions for the care of the elderly, with personalized information and guidance at home or outdoors i.e. a so-called 'personalized healthcare system'. The CASA network comprising of 13 participating regions will come together to search for joint-up solutions, access best practices and a policy sounding board through the consortia for the deployment of assistive living solutions (AAL).The CASA partnership, led by Flanders Ministry of Health will organise 9 study visits on the thematics of 'monitoring, safety and self management', 'social interaction', 'chronic diseases', 'healthy lifestyle and rehabilitation ICT', 'informal care', 'telemedecine evaluation model', 'mobility and liveability/ intregated regional policy, business and knowledge development', 'user driven innovation through public/private partnership', 'large scale deployment' and also 2 Knowledge Transfer Conferences in the New Member States, where neighbouring countries will also be invited. Best practice transfer will culminate in the production of a good practice guide on AAL, 28 staff secondments between organisations to embed good practice. A final conference will take place in Brussels with an award ceremony. Ministerial conferences and relevant PR in all participating regions will be a route to dissemination to widerstakeholder groups. The proposed partnership approach is innovative on two levels: 1. an attempt for implementation policies moving away from traditional mono-domain policy to work horizontally along the supply chain and across different departments and ministries and 2. the use of the social media in support of the communication and exchange of knowledges & experiences. After 36 months of implementation, the CASA project will allow the participating organisations to mainstream the learning of the exchange of experiences into their regional strategies. Having proven its relevance, it is intended to formalize and 'legalise' this inter-regional CASA network for long term sustainability and to open it to a wider European platform in the future. Achievements: During this first semester (which was in reality only a quarter as the contract was only signed off in March 2012), all partners have been working on initial preparatory activities such as getting internal staff ressources in place for the project and agreeing local governance arrangements for CASA in their area. There were some delay at LP level due to internal transitional problems with the Flemish Government but everything is now settled and the LP Management Team is in place with a new Project Manager, Fabian Dominguez. In addition, a tendering process was launched in June for the appointment of both the Strategic Project Manager, Kathy Vuillaume and the Finance Manager, Sarie Bongers now in place to support the LP. Therefore the Secretariat is now operational, but also all the Regional Contact Point in Partners' region are in place. The steering committee of CASA is also formed. During this semester, the Lead Partner attended the following INTERREG IV events: communication seminar in Sofia, the financial seminar in Dublin and the online reporting seminar and exchange of experience in Barcelona. The Project Team was busy in preparing the kick off meeting, which took place in July in Brussels. For this, the CASA Handbook (financial guidelines) was prepared and agreed upon. The partnership agreement was prepared and being circulated for signature across all countries. The CASA partnership is ready to exchange on GP on large scale deployment of e-health in regions with the official Launch planed in July.
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