MKS Ltd., Ljubljana, Slovenia
MKS Electronic Systems Ltd. specializes in telecare and telemedical solutions for frail and disabled people living at home. Its activities include aspects such as establishing telecare networks to provide telecare services, system integration and implementation of new technological solutions, R&D with a special emphasis on elderly people. MKS has participated in 2 EU projects ((Telescope (EAHC), BIoModUE_PTL (EraSysBio+)) and 13 EU proposals within FP5, FP6, FP7 and AAL. Although MKS is an SME by nature, it contributes to national strategic policies addressing people with disabilities in Slovenia and standardisation processes. This expertise will be used to shape the Telescope project outputs.
Space and Solar-Terrestrial Research Institute (SSTRI-BAS), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
SSTRI-BAS was created in 2010 by joining the former Institute for Space Research and Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Influences. This is the largest national centre for fundamental research in the field of space and solar-terrestrial physics, astrophysics, image processing, remote sensing, space biology, in situ and remote investigation of planets and interplanetary space, environmental effects on health and Telemedicine/eHealth. The institute participates in extreme amount of space experiments, including development of instruments, data processing, analyses and interpretation of data for international space projects at satellites, rockets and at International Space Station (ISS). Its main objective is to apply the results from the fundamental studies into technology innovations. Via its eHealth and Heliobiology group SSTRI-BAS is engaged in more market oriented projects in the area of healthcare and health promotion.
Etabl. Lievens-Lanckman bvba, Belgium
Lievens-Lanckman is an SME incorporated in Belgium with over 30 years experience in the distribution and sales/marketing of medical and homecare products in Europe. The company has 10 years involvement in the telecare and telehealth fields, via the organization of the annual, pan-European and international Med-e-Tel meeting (in Luxembourg) and through acting as Secretariat for the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), an international federation of national telemedicine and eHealth associations. These activities and experiences will enable Lievens-Lanckman to provide key management and organizational support to the project and facilitate the dissemination of outcomes both during and beyond the period of the project (via conferences, media contacts, PR activities, and direct relationships with national and international stakeholders).
Institute for Construction Technologies of the National Research Council (ITC-CNR), Italy
ITC-CNR is a research institute of the Italian National Research Council, carrying out studies, experiments and certifications on buildings and their components. Two branches will be involved: (first) the information technology branch of Milan, has expertise in relation to information management, processing and spreading; data representation; distributed platforms for information exchange; intelligent access to web contents; systems internationalization and localization; and new tools for technical information and training; and (second) the branch of Rome, currently investigating the design and technical requirements of buildings in the context of a Design for All approach. Special attention is being given to housing older and disabled people. ITC-CNR is partner of ENBRI (European Network of Building Research Institutes) and CIB (International Council for Building Research).
Work Research Centre Limited (WRC), Ireland
Work Research Centre is a recognised national and international centre of excellence in policy-oriented research in a variety of social and socio-economic fields. In health and social services WRC have a major interest and accumulation of expertise and experience in telecare / telehealth. Recent EU studies include:
• SATS study for (then) DG13 of the EC on universal service in telecommunications and how this may apply to healthcare establishments and processes (2000-2001).
• Study on demographic ageing and ICTs for DG Employment & Social Affairs - ICTs in support of the health needs of an ageing population, especially telecare and telehealth (2004-2005)
• Current study for DG Information Society on issues affecting the deployment and take-up of ICTs to support 'ageing well'; one core focus is on home telehealth services, including analysis of ethical/regulatory aspects (including industry, professional)
Innovationcenter in Housing for Adapted Movement (IN-HAM), Belgium
In-HAM is a non profit-initiative of a number of partners that are active in relation to the needs of disabled people. Partners group around the Dienstencentrum Gi(d)ts; the BBRI (Belgian Building Research Institute); the BCDI (Belgian Centre for Domotics and Immotics) and IMEC vzw (Interuniversitair Micro-ElectronicaCentrum). A key focus is the interface between elderly and disabled people, the buildings and technologies they use and the supply sector industry. A primary objective is to promote independent living. Importantly In-HAM links with a large number of disabled people (who are registered with the project) and enables them to test technologies. The In-HAM building offers 3 ‘living labs’ where disabled or elderly people can stay for a period. They are, with the benefit of expert advisors (including occupational therapists) able to test the merits of different technologies, sensors and communications devices. These can then be replicated in their own home.
Italian Institute for Auxology
Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy
Istituto Auxologico Italiano (Italian Institute for Auxology) is a private non-profit law foundation with a specific mission concerned with developing biomedical research and clinical activity for the study and treatment of endocrinological, metabolic, neurological and cardiovascular disorders. It is also involved in rehabilitation and care in the context of ageing. The Institute has considerable experience in a home monitoring (telehealth) service for patients with cardiovascular diseases and has an interest in developing for home monitoring of obese patients who are on body mass reduction treatment programmes. All the Institute’s work is underpinned by clear clinical protocols and ethical frameworks concerned e.g. with information, data and signal transmission. Their service outreach provides a context to consider the impact of telehealth services.
ApertTech Informatics Ltd., Hungary
Apertech is an IT systems designer for tele-medical and related systems. It was formed from the former research and development department of a large IT corporation. Staff have wide expertise embracing software development, performance monitoring, systems integration, access management, robotics, information management and the use of GPRS. A number of high-tech projects have been implemented by the company. Apertech is currently involved in the development of a wrist worn device for monitoring the wearer's health. Their sister companies Thor Medical Systems and DiaChem provide (respectively) home care appliances and tele-medical gateways involving vital signs monitoring and video consultations; and biochemical testing in the home. Apertech is a regular partner in University led research projects and works with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Semmelweis Medical University of Budapest, and the Szeged University of Medicine.
Telecare Services Association (TSA), United Kingdom
The Telecare Services Association represents the telecare and telehealth industry in the United Kingdom and beyond. It has 341 members from (mainly) the service, supply and commissioner sectors and operates a Code of Practice for Telecare. Telecare developments in the UK have been supported by the government as part of its endeavours to support people at home and to modernise health services. The Code of Practice provides an important benchmark for service standards that is increasingly safeguarding vulnerable people (including those with chronic conditions, at risk of falls, with complex medication regimes, etc. Some 130 organisations are now accredited to the Code (and have been audited in respect of the same). The TSA experience in developing the Code of Practice for Telecare and the exploration of key parameters will be an important reference point for the project. Work towards this Code carried the support of different government agencies in the UK.
National Federation of Disabled Persons’ Associations (MEOSZ), Hungary
MEOSZ is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that links disabled persons’ organisations throughout Hungary. Its objectives are to represent, enforce and protect the rights of people with physical disability, and to facilitate their full participation in society. In its work, MEOSZ promotes improvements in the living conditions health and social care of disabled people. It lobbies, on the basis of need and in consultation with its members, regarding legislation and practice; and also monitors the implementation of policy and practice guidelines. It is a strong supporter of EU policy being implemented at a local level. The organization is increasingly involved in rehabilitation work and in exploring the role of assistive technologies. MEOSZ endeavours to share the results of its work through newspapers, newsletters and other publications. It works with the media to raise awareness and change the attitude of society positively towards people with disabilities.
National Council of Disabled People’s Organization of Slovenia (NSIOS), Slovenia
NSIOS is the umbrella organisation for all disabled people in the Republic of Slovenia. Associated with it are twenty disabled people’s organisations which operate on a national level and have more than 40 years of experience and successful work in the field of social and health care for disabled people. NSIOS has been a partner in several EU projects, mainly from the field of disability legislation and capacity building through European Disability Forum (EDF).