The TITTAN Project has celebrated its second year looking for the improvement of the quality of health systems through innovative products and services in the field of active and healthy ageing with the exchange and implementation of good practices among different European regions.
The four-and-a-half-year project TITTAN (Network for Technology, Innovation and Translation in Ageing) has been underway for last two years, funded with almost 1.7 million euros from Interreg Europe and seven European regions involved: Galician Health Knowledge Agency (ACIS) -lead partner-; Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research (BIOEF); Fondazione Regionale per la Ricerca Biomedica (FRRB, Lombardy); Healthy Saxony (HS); Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI, Scotland); Lower Silesian Voivodeship Marshal Office (LSVMO); and the City of Almere, in the Netherlands.
TITTAN partners have been working together in a series of international workshops and in situ visits in which different regionally tested good practices were compared to contribute for the improvement of the regional policy instruments linked to the EU structural funds, within the three areas of action established in the project:
TA1. OUTSIDE-IN TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION: to promote the acquisition of innovative products and solutions for public healthcare systems, mainly through the implementation of innovative procurement practices, such as Precommercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI), but also through the analysis of other approaches.
- 1st Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Santiago de Compostela, 5th - 7th Sept. 2016)
TA2. INSIDE-OUT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION: to reduce the gap between research and market in the health sector, by promoting the establishment of innovation ecosystems, based on the quadruple helix approach (public bodies research industry communities). Ecosystems should promote the transfer of translational research results to companies and boost the developing of new products and services.
- 2nd Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Milan, 6th-8th March 2017)
- 3rd Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Almere, 29th-31st May 2017)
TA3. ACTIVE CITIZENS FOR HEALTHY AGEING: to raise citizen´s awareness and knowledge about using new technologies for improving quality of life, through the adoption of ehealth practices and the patients involvement in co-design experiences with health professionals and caregivers.
- 4th Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Edinburgh, 2nd-4th October 2017)
- 5th Interregional Workshop and Study visit (Dresden, 5th-7th February 2018)
IN SITU VISITS: In the framework of a Thematic Area, staff members of partners and their stakeholders carried out up-to-5day stays in a region with relevant experience in the Thematic Area, in order to receive assistance and work side by side in the preparation of the Action Plan. So far, all the in situ visits for the TA1 and TA2 have been carried out. The aim of these visits was to deepen in the good practices reported in the field of outside-in and inside-out technological innovation. Next in situ visits related to active citizens for healthy ageing will be organized in the coming months.
NEXT TITTAN ACTIVITIES:
- Interregional Workshop on Personalised Health (Milan, 11th April 2018): The event brings together I-E Projects which deal with Health and Life Sciences challenges, International Projects (TO-REACH, IC-PerMed & ERA-PerMed), pan-European initiatives like ESTHER (Emerging and Smart Technologies for Healthcare) in order to understand which are the main priorities for Personalised Medicine that can be tackled at regional level.
- TITTAN Workshop of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship Healthy Ageing (Wroclaw, 7th – 8th May 2018): Meeting of Lower Silesia stakeholders with Project partners to present good practices that have not been presented so far in order to check the feasibility to implement some of them in the Polish region. Lower Silesia creates currently one of the five planned Centers of Geriatric Competence. This is created at the A. Falkiewicz Specialist Hospital. Therefore, the Polish partner will organize this conference together.