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Launch of ProACT Transferability Study in Barcelona reveals interest among social care & support services in digital solutions for integrated care

On October 4, 2018, EASPD, AAATE, and AIAS Bologna organised a networking event to launch the Transferability Study of ProACT. The event, which gathered over a hundred participants, was aimed at engaging actors from the sector of social care & support services in the ProACT Transferability Study. It was an opportunity not only to raise awareness about ProACT, but also to learn about the perspectives of social care services on positive and negative factors for transferability of integrated care solutions to the social care sector.

 
The President of EASPD, Jim Crowe, set the scene by highlighting the importance of projects such as ProACT in bringing social and health care providers closer for improving services and quality of life for the elderly and persons with disabilities. The Head of Sector “Projects for Innovation” of AIAS Bologna, Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, made a brief introduction of the Transferability Study and invited the participants to provide their feedback by filling in surveys.
 
The launch was organised as a side event of EASPD’s International Conference 2018 “Technology and digitalisation in social care. The impact on Education, Employment and Independent Living” in Barcelona. Maite Ferrando of AAATE had shared some preliminary results of the ProACT Transferability Study during her panel presentation at this conference.
 
While there is a number of barriers & challenges that social care providers face in driving innovation and upscaling of digital solutions for integrated care, the Barcelona event showed that there is genuine interest and move towards embracing the potential of solutions such as ProACT.
 
What is the ProACT Transferability Study?
 
In the framework of ProACT Horizon 2020 project, partner organisations EASPD and AAATE are leading a study focused on identifying factors affecting the transferability of digital solutions enhancing integrated care between different European contexts.
 
The main aim of the research is to provide an explanatory model of the factors (positive and negative) which contribute to the transferability of digital platforms supporting integrated care from a European region/country to other. This model will provide key knowledge to elaborate guidelines for policy makers, service providers, patients/end user organizations and/or associations of professionals, therefore, increasing the probability to be successfully transfer digital innovations supporting care, in general, and integrated care in particular, to other EU contexts.
 
You can contribute to our research by participating in our survey through this link: https://goo.gl/forms/9LjZNuINopgth7hf1