It is expected that by 2040, 25% of outpatient procedures, well-being services, as well as preventive procedures and long-term care will be performed remotely to meet the rapid ageing of the population and connected with it the the increasing care needs.Morover, it is crucial to equalise opportunities in access to universal medical and care support not limited by any conditions (e.g.geographical considerations, material status or architectural barriers etc.). Most often, at a regional level, there is a wide gap between health care needs and health care provision. Therefore, in the face of demographic changes, actions aiming at increasing the access to healthcare services, e.g. through development of medical and social care by using e-health solutions, are of crucial importance. What is more, in the context of COVID-19 and refugee crisis, it is even more needed to adapt such solutions to act faster, more effectively and efficiently. In response to these challenges the project CARES developes 3 main thematic fields of remote supervision:
1) increased availability of telecare and telemedicine services for perypherial areas,
2) widespread use of innovative digital tools enabling effective monitoring and medical diagnosis for the elderly,
3) increased institutional capacity and educated medical staff.
Being a trigger for regional and local initiatives, through interregional cooperation, including the exchange of experiences and good practices, the project CARES to improve local and regional policies that will be responsible for modernising system implementation through the use of innovative telecare and telemedical solutions.The main focus of the project is to direct policy instruments, by amending or improving them, towards the implementation of systemic solutions based on modern telemedicine solutions available on the market. An important element of the project is the transfer of know-how, the joint development of solutions and their implementation at local level.