H2HCare at European Online Week of Active & Healthy Ageing

The second edition of the European Week of Active and Healthy Ageing 2021 took place between 18 and 22 October 2021 online (http://www.aal-europe.eu/european-online-week-of-active-healthy-ageing-2020/). H2HCare was present thgrough the participation of TUC to the event.

The event gathered more than 700 attendees for multiple workshops, exhibitions and discussions organised alongside four different tracks inspired by the WHO Decade on Healthy Ageing.

Workshop organized at ProInvent 2021

TUC organized an workshop at the Research Conference of Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (https://research.utcluj.ro/index.php/conferinta-cercetarii-in-utcn-2021.html), October 20-22, 2021 hosted in the ProInvent 2021 event (https://proinvent.utcluj.ro/). The workshop was titled Distributed Systems Applications for Energy Efficiency and Ageing Well in the Digital World, Chairs Dr. Tudor Cioara and Dr. Ionut Anghel. TUC has presented the project within a presentation of Improving the transitional care of seniors with heart failure, Six EU projects have participated to the workshop and exchanged feedback about the topics presented.

H2HCare consortium to release the 2nd version of the services and start real life trials

In September the 2nd version of the developed services is planned to be released by the H2HCare consortium. The services have been refined and improved considering the valuable feedback received from the controlled environment trials.

H2HCare refined conceptual architecture

Also the real-life trials are planned to start in September in both end-users sites in Norway and Switzerland. The goal is to evaluate the 1st version of the integrated H2HCare prototype that uses the latest version of the services.

H2HCare participation to the online seminar “Ethics and Privacy in AAL”

On 29 June HUG partner has represented the H2HCare consortium at the online event “Ethics and privacy in the age of digital transformation” an interactive workshop organised by AALProgramme and R2M Solution (http://www.aal-europe.eu/join-online-seminar-ethics-and-privacy-in-aal/).

The workshop participants collaborated and discussed for 90 minutes the possibilities of properly addressing ethics and privacy in AAL projects to obtain high quality in R&D related to human-technology interactions.

At the event the AAL Guidelines for Ethics, Data Privacy and Security, released in 2020 were discussed and initial lessons learnt from discussions with solutions developers, health and care providers, user organisations were presented.

Moreover, the participants discussed the opportunity for developing a formal ‘ethical excellence’ recognition system for Active & Healthy Ageing (AHA) digital solutions.

H2HCare at MIE2021 congress

On 30th May 2021, H2HCare team was invited to the MIE2021 (Medical Information Europe Congress) to present a an accepted peer-reviewed paper dedicated to the process of searching, gathering and determining end-user requirements, used as basis for the co-creation of a social robot.

This technological tool has to ensure and support home cardiac care and has to take into account the needs of seniors suffering from heart failure and their caregivers, either nurses or relatives. To demonstrate how these needs are subsequently translated into requirements, H2HCare consortium represented by HUG has presented the research and prioritisation methods of requirements and their categorisation used in the project.

Sorbonne’s University team, which is working on a breast cancer project, reacted to those requirements asking whether these could be cross-cutting to other projects. HUG answered and explained that the requirements could be transferable and applied to other audiences, such as younger people with similar issues or people with health problems requiring post-hospital follow-up and home care support to improve their treatment and rehabilitation.

The open-acess article can be accessed here: https://ebooks.iospress.nl/doi/10.3233/SHTI210227

Virtual Interactive Workshop “Assistive Technologies for older adults: experiences and prospects”

On 4th of June H2HCare cas participated to an online collaborative workshop organized by the AAL Remember-Me project (https://www.rememberme-aal.eu/)  in collaboration with IOANNA and iCan AAL Projects: https://www.rememberme-aal.eu/remember-me-project-organizes-its-first-open-worshop-in-the-framework-of-the-virtual-interactive-workshop-assistive-technologies-for-older-adults-experiences-and-prospects/

TUC has presented the work done in H2HCare and participated to the discussions sessions together with other AAL projects attending the meeting. The workshop was focused on presenting the aspects ICT can help older adults with specific instruments and systems, as well as the benefits and older adults experiences. Also the participants discussed and elaborated on the concerns and ‘catches’ related to the use of new technology.

Online AAL seminar: Health & Care ecosystems as drivers for transforming European welfare

H2HCare consortium has participated to the online event “Health & Care ecosystems as drivers for transforming European welfare” (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/health-care-ecosystems-as-drivers-for-transforming-european-welfare-tickets-153951227265?keep_tld=1#).

It was organised by the AAL CMU together with the Universities of Tampere and Vaasa in Finland, the German Health Regions, Health Valley Netherlands and the ScanBalt Bio Network.

The event took place on 31 of May on Zoom platform and had as main objectives: (I) Exploring ways to deal with complexity in health & care eco-systems to enable the transformation of European welfare in the 2020s, (ii) learn about the crucial role of agency and collaboration of the key actors involved and (iii) contribute to the development of a strategic innovation agenda for the upcoming European partnership on health & care systems transformation.

Final version for H2HCare architecture

H2HCare consortium released the 2nd and final version for the H2HCare platform architecture as deliverable D1.4 (see Library section)

The refined version of the H2HCare conceptual architecture comprises three customizable services that take advantage of various techniques and technologies such as IoT sensors, artificial intelligence and social digital assistants to improve post-discharge follow-up and adherence to treatment plan and to reduce communication gaps for an optimal transition of care journey for the patients with heart failure: Pre-discharge Comprehensive Elders Risk Assessment Service, Older Adult Post-Discharge Monitoring and Follow-up Service and Digital assistant-based Coaching and Intervention Service. For each service the high-level interfaces are added in D1.4 together with the envisioned interaction flow inside the architecture to better highlight the integration process that will be used in H2HCare.

The selected technologies for building the H2HCare system comprise of: TelluCloud IoT monitoring infrastructure that will be adapted and enhanced for H2HCare specific needs; Machine Learning (ML) and Big Data Analytics techniques to process the heterogeneous and distributed streams of monitored data to establish the baseline Daily Life Activities of older adult and to detect changes in patients’ activity routines which may signal progression of his/her symptoms; KOMP digital assistant used to include care feedback and anticipatory guidance for transitional care and solutions to help doctors in creating intervention roadmaps and list of actions / activities that can be delivered directly to the other adults; AV1 telepresence digital assistant which enables one-way video streaming and two-way audio streaming to be used in the controlled environment testing.