Assisted Living Innovation Platform: Previous competitions

Assisted Living Innovation Platform: Previous competitions

A total of six competitions have already been held, with over 120 organisations participating in 38 projects worth £47.1m with £24.7m of this invested by us and our partners.

Home Based Systems and User Centred Design

The first ALIP competition was in home based systems and user centred design. The need for much improved design figured strongly in the ALIP roadmapping and workshop sessions in 2007. A key issue was that a number of products e.g. falls sensors/detectors were reported to be under-utilised by the recipients because they were perceived to be stigmatising.

As well as existing health and care suppliers, the competition encouraged expertise from outside the traditional telecare and telehealth sectors. The areas following were in scope to help address the Assisted Living technology roadmap as long as they were underpinned by user-oriented design:

  • End to end (E2E) systems modelling
  • Home based intelligent processing, including aspects such as data mining, privacy and trust,
  • Wide area (Primary Care Trust/Local Authority – PCT/LA, national) data collection and event management
  • Value added services for wellbeing, lifestyle and health management – the patient/care portal.

9 projects were successful in this competition. More information can be obtained via the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Ambient Assisted Living Call 1 – Chronic Conditions

The title of the first Ambient Assisted Living competition was “ICT based solutions for Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions of Elderly People”. The increasing occurrence of chronic conditions among the ageing population is one of the major challenges for European society and its healthcare systems. Prevention, early detection and efficient management of chronic long term conditions contribute radically to individual wellbeing and the economic sustainability of social and healthcare systems. The challenges addressed were:

  • Education and self management
  • Care management, decision support and social interaction
  • Technology aspects
  • Socio-economic aspects
  • Ethical issues

UK organisations are involved in five projects resulting from this competition.

Smart Care Distributed Environment

This competition was called the Smart Care Distributed Environment to emphasise the need to look at communications technologies within the context of a large population of users with multiple devices, and within a personalised health and care system. It aims to bring together different disciplines and industries to work together systematically to address issues like provision of remote care and avoiding patient isolation.

It was noted that it is anomalous in the age of mobile phone roaming (being able to call and bill between different mobile networks and network technologies such as 2G and 3G, and Wi-Fi or Wireless LANS using technologies like Skype), and integration of mobile phones with satellite tracking (GPS), that many devices for assisted living such as falls monitors, ceased to function outside the home. More so that a device installed in one location e.g. at home, would not work in another location.

At the same time communications technology (both telecommunications and broadcast) is becoming inherently more complex, as we move to a world of heterogeneous IP (Internet Protocol) networks. Many of the sensors that were required were available, and the challenge was to combine them with advanced telecommunications technologies to address the care and support needs of the 21st century.

7 projects were successful in this competition. More information can be obtained via the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Ambient Assisted Living Call 2 – Social Interaction

Call 2 of the AAL Joint Programme focussed on ICT based solutions for the Advancement of Social Interaction of Elderly People. The objective was to launch European collaborative projects providing innovative ICT-based solutions aimed at helping people to be active, joyful and socially connected in society as they age, from both a societal and personal perspective, effectively contributing to their health, overall quality of life and to social inclusion. The challenges addressed were:

  • Living actively and enjoying life
  • Bridging distances
  • Preventing loneliness and isolation

UK organisations are involved in four projects resulting from this competition.

Economic & Business Models and Social & Behavioural Studies

The aim of the Economic and Business Modelling competition was to provide improved evidence to underpin industry and social enterprise, to encourage investment in and implementation of assisted living services and technology. Specifically:

  • To understand current and future markets for A/L. Will the market in the UK be driven by statutory provision by the NHS, or private provision? Or both? What is the interplay between the two? Where is the evidence?
  • How will technology change the business model? Will the main business, and employment generation be in service provision, rather than device manufacture? How can we move the industry investment case on?
  • If the NHS is a complex market, how can we develop financial flow models within the NHS, and integrate new services? What organisational changes will be needed if we are to implement large scale deployments? Returns on investment may be hard to quantify in strict cash terms. How can we measure wider benefits? How can we better understand mainstreaming and private purchase?

The aim of the Social and Behavioural Studies competition was to understand how Assisted Living technologies and services will impact upon individuals, families and communities. Specifically:

  • Understanding the ‘users’ and their contexts. Understanding the barriers to adoption of A/L that exist at individual, family and community levels and at an organisational level. Addressing the need for users to acquire new and unfamiliar skills.
  • Understanding the nature of ‘Assistive Living Technologies’. Addressing the lack of awareness of the potential of A/L, and limited access to information, and also the lack of access to the technologies themselves except through official gatekeepers.
  • Further work in user centred design. Addressing limited usefulness, poor image, unattractive products, stigma, lack of a joined up service model and perceived impact on privacy.
  • Methodology and measurement – toolkits, case studies and best practice.

8 projects were successful in this competition and a summary can be found here. More information can also be obtained via the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Ambient Assisted Living Call 3 – “Self-Serve Society”

The third Call for Proposals of the AAL Joint Programme was titled “ICT based solutions for Advancement of Older Persons’ Independence and Participation in the Self-Serve Society”. The topics covered were innovative ICT-solutions that enable older people to:

  • Preserve and enhance independence and dignity in all aspects of daily life
  • Take active part in the self-serve society
  • Stimulate and support the capacities required for such participation (e.g. mobility, physical, and cognitive)

UK organisations are involved in five projects resulting from this competition.

Photography by Giulio Mazzarini for the Design Council

Last updated on Thursday 21 July 2011 at 11:14

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