January 2016 has marked the kick-off of ProACT, a project funded under the European Commissions' research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. ProACT (Integrated Technology Ecosystem for ProACTive Patient Centred Care) will address a major EU research priority in personalised healthcare to develop advanced ICT systems and services for Integrated Care.
Coordinated by the Trinity Centre of Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI), ProACT will target Europe’s 50 million multi-morbid patients to proactively self-manage and offset the EU’s annual €700 billion cost of chronic disease management. It aims to do this by providing and evaluating an open application programming interface (API) to integrate a variety of new and existing technologies to advance ‘home based’ integrated care for patients who are living with chronic multimorbidities (including; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and chronic heart failure (CHF)). EASPD participates in the project as a partner responsible for carrying out a study on the transferability and uptake of integrated care platforms by different stakeholders.