digi4HEALTH – A Digital VET Toolkit for Promoting the 4th Industrial Revolution in the European Health Sector

Funded by ERASMUS+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training. Project 2019-1-MT01-KA202-051203

digi4HEALTH is a 24-month ERASMUS+ project that seeks to develop a novel digital toolkit by which European VET Trainers and health sector mentors can reach out and assist healthcare professionals and stakeholders to catch up with technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution. To address these goals this project involves 6 partners coming from Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Romania and Spain and host organisations such as entities ranging from VET Institutions, private technology service providers, an international network of health workforce educators, a health innovation enterprise as well as a technology park with access to expertise in digital and medical technologies.
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VALUECARE – Value-based methodology for integrated care supported by ICT

VALUECARE has been funded by the H2020 programme of the European Commission, with the Grant Agreement No.875215.
Healthy ageing along with independent living have become fundamental challenges for Europe as all EU member states (and virtually every country in the world) are experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in their population.
In this framework, Value-based health care s a delivery model in which providers, including hospitals and physicians, together with citizens/patients aim to reach the best citizen health outcomes.
VALUECARE’s vision of healthy ageing is that any older individual in society can live the best life possible according to what they value, facilitated by access to high quality, person-centred, evidence-based and affordable health and social care services, supported by strong and integrated health and social services. VALUECARE partners believe that taking an “enhanced value-based approach”, including not only health but also lifestyle and social care in the concept of value-based care.

InAdvance – Patient-centred pathways of early palliative care, supportive ecosystems and appraisal standard

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement No 825750.

InAdvance h2020 project proposes a new model of palliative care based on early integration and personalised pathways addressed specifically to older people with complex chronic conditions.

The resulting interventions from InAdvance must be sustainable over time and replicable in different cultural contexts and in different healthcare paths. At the same time the project aims to address the major European concern in reducing the socio-economic impact of chronic diseases.

To reach the expected goals the project brings together eleven leading interdisciplinary academic, clinical and technological partners from EU organizations actively responding challenges from health and social care systems and policy-makers in the field.

Kveloce has developed specific instruments to support the management of InAdvance, among others the Project Handbook & Risk management plan, but also other quality assurance tools.

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INVESTSOCIAL – Impact Investment – a novel outcome-based financing mechanism to promote innovation and social well-being

Project financed by the Valencian Innovation Agency (AVI). Ref. No. INNTAL21/18/014

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Impact investments are those investments that direct capital towards projects with social and/or environmental impact. The double search for profitability and social / environmental impact is what differentiates impact investments from other types of investments. Despite the fact that impact investment is gaining increasing attention and it has now become a relevant issue even on the EU public agenda, there is still much confusion about this emerging market.

One of the most interesting financing instruments in the field of impact investments arising in the field of public administration are the so-called Social Impact Bonds. The Social Impact Bonds are innovative financing instruments based on results (outcome-based financial instruments) with great potential to stimulate innovation ecosystems and face important social challenges in a context in which efficiency and effectiveness of public and private resources is key.

Social Impact Bonds have gained particular attention in recent years as a potential model to address some global social challenges, such as insufficient access to medical care and education, justice, unemployment etc. This new financing model presents a series of advantages, among which reductions in public social spending, the transfer of risks from the public to the private sector; the optimization of the use of public budgets; the increase of the budgets destined to initiatives of prevention, contributing, in this way, to fill a gap that exists in the provision of social services and the adoption of initiatives based on social innovation and the measurement of results. However, at the same time, Social Impact Bonds have also been criticized due to the complexity of the model that, in the opinion of many experts, should be simplified and standardized to streamline and facilitate their management.

Given that the market is still at an incipient stage of development, a greater impetus is needed in terms of information, dissemination and training, to make these instruments widely known and to promote their implementation to address social challenges.

In this context, the main objective of the R&D&I project funded by the Valencian Innovation Agency, INVESTSOCIAL, is to contribute to the state-of-the-art in the field of innovative financing instruments, in particular Social Impact Bonds to favour their penetration in the Valencian region and in Spain given that, despite their relevance and interest in recent years, they have not yet been timely exploited in our country due to their complexity, novelty and the need for training, tools and facilitating strategies for their implementation.

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MatchUP – MAximizing the UPscaling and replication potential of high level urban transformation strategies

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and Innovation programme under grant agreement N°774477.

MatchUP is a large pilot project aimed at transforming cities through innovation and technology at the service of local communities living in complex environments.
Currently, cities tackle problems of pollution, energy consumption and overcrowding, risking to become unsafe and unhealthy place to live. MAtchUP foresees dedicated actions to improve the share of renewable energy, increase the sustainable mobility and invest on technology. The aim is to repaint cities with brighter solutions at the disposal of their smart communities. These solutions will boost local economies and their quality of life. Furthermore will serve as model for replication in other cities and will lead to a urban transformation driven by citizens and stakeholders.

MatchUP will be implemented in Valencia, Ostend, Desden, Skpje, Kerava, Antalya and Herzliya.

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EUROCOORD european project funded by the Justice Programme and led by the University of Burgos

EUROCOORD: Best Practices for EUROpean COORDination on investigative measures and evidence gathering

Funded by the Justice Programme- European Union – Ref 723198 

EUROCOORD addresses existing gaps in the current EU legislation, where there is a lack of homogeneous procedures on evidence gathering and coordination protocols across the Member States and different local and/or national procedures and regulations, with relevant discordances. The general aim of this proposal is, first, to promote the mutual cooperation in criminal matters, with regard to EIO procedures and best practice, contributing to the effective and coherent application of mutual recognition instrument in all EU; second, to raise the awareness and cooperation between prosecutors of different Member States; and third, to create a common standard of observance and respect for procedural rights of persons suffering investigative measures at the European Union level.

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DOCMA project funded under H2020 MSCA-RISE

DOCMA: Disorders of Consciousness (DoC): enhancing the transfer of knowledge and professional skills on evidence-based interventions and validated technology for a better management of patients

Funded under H2020 MSCA-RISE

The overall goal of DoCMA is to enhance international research on Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) by strengthen the collaboration among project participants to leverage the shared scientific and expert know-how in the field. The partnerships will
consolidate a joint international scientific and innovation programme for developing research projects on DoC diagnosis, evaluation and management of patients as well as establish a standardised methodology, common approach and data sharing resources.
DOCMA increases the scientific competence of the consortium members at the international level in DoC research and clinical practice, enhancing the transfer of knowledge and professional skills on evidence-based interventions and validated technology for a better management of patients.

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BEST BY DOING: Ho.Re.Ca. skills development in Wellness Facilities

Funded under the Erasmus + KA2 Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training Programme

The objective of the Best By Doing project lies in applying and expanding criteria of excellence in the professional training of Ho.Re.Ca services (Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes), specifically, within the health and well-being sector (Wellness). Best By Doing proposes a triple interaction between students, vocational training teachers and companies through the platform “Triple-Match Technology” (TMT); especially interesting since it will allow the adaptation of the professional training to the current and future needs of wellness sector.

 

APPCARE – Appropriate care paths for frail elderly patients. A comprehensive model

Funded under the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020). Contract 664689

The APPCARE project – which involves three countries: Italy, Spain and The Netherlands – seeks to analyse the ways to reduce hospital admissions, in particular the recurring ones. This can be done through a process of selection of the patients the very moment they enter the emergency room and through adequate local interventions, which could allow to face many health problems without hospitalizing, that always represents a stressful and risky situation for the elderly. One of the innovative aspects of the project is the analysis of the efficacy of the insertion of a Brief Intensive Observation in the services network, working as a filter for the hospital admission and as a link with the territory.

The APPCARE project is inspired by some fundamental principles:

  1. the importance of the “defragmentating care” of the treatments offered, so that the experts that operate in the different segments of the network could provide coordinated interventions;
  2. the need to adopt the multidimensional geriatric evaluation as a precondition of intervention: an important instrument to reveal the need, avoiding inadequacies due to the lacking knowledge in the realms of the intervention (from the biologic-clinic to the psychosocial ones);
  3. the need to create paths based on homogeneous data; therefore, the instruments of analysis should be similar in the different places where the elder patient resides and where treatments are offered;
  4. the attention both to the single frail person and the caregiver, whose role for the achievement of the health equilibrium is getting more and more essential, since the changing in the epidemiology and in the family structure;
  5. the need for an adequate training of who operates at different levels, in order to define and share methods of work and to decide the outcome to reach both at the level of the single segment and in general;
  6. the parameters of economic compatibility have always to be at the center of any intervention; in fact, an integrated therapy leads to saving money. However, the interventions should be analysed extensively in order to avoid the lowering of the qualitative level.

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