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Collecting evidence of the (positive) effect of applying Responsible Innovation approaches when developing smart eHealth and healthy living/ wellbeing solutions.

Posted by RRI Tools - Eva Zuazua Schücker on 18 Mar 2021

(*) Post last updated the 13th of May 2021 - link to the recording of the workshop has been added

The LIVING INNOVATION project brings together 14 partners from all over Europe, including major industry leaders, civil society and research organizations to co-develop more responsible, inclusive and sustainable approaches to innovation in the areas of smart homes and smart health.

The participation of "la Caixa" Foundation in the LIV_IN project guarantees the link and the continuous and efficient transfer of learnings between LIV_IN and RRI Tools. The work developed under the umbrella of LIV_IN is serving to enrich and improve contents of the RRI Toolkit focusing on industry needs, and to give higher visibility to LIV_IN and its activities among the R&I community.

LIV_IN has created a virtual community platform and launched different joint actions meant to serve as an interactive space for discussion, knowledge exchange and collaboration, open to experts and practitioners in digitization and responsibility.

In this context Atos & "la Caixa" Foundation have joined forces to identify and collect good practice applying Responsible Innovation (RI) methods and practices to support the design and creation of smart eHealth solutions, and are now organizing a workshop that will take place on March 30th (16.00-17.30 CEST)

(*) Recording of the workshop is now online - see here

The main objective of the workshop is to share experiences and learn about successful examples of smart technologies used to support eHealth, healthy living, and preventive health, and to collect evidence of the (positive) effect of applying Responsible Innovation methodologies. 

Seven use case champions have been invited to talk about their projects and to exchange information about their approach to Responsible Innovation and the benefits they obtained. After the presentations an open discussion among the use cases champions will be facilitated by Lydia Montandon and Diana Carbonero, from Atos.

USE CASES participating:

AIMENTIA  (Virtual clinic powered by Artificial Intelligence for the new era of Mental Health)

- will be presented by Edgar Jorba (Founder & CEO at Aimentia) 

Mental Health is an invisible pandemic that is often ignored, and with COVID-19 it just got worse. Most of the people suffering from a mental health illness receive no treatment. Half of the ones who do, receive a wrong diagnosis. This leads to a lot of patient abandonment. Aimentia Health develops new methodologies to improve the efficiency and success rate of current therapies through a unique cloud-based virtual clinic aimed at helping mental health professionals and patients. The aim is to redefine the standardization of mental health practices, using data-driven tools in order to aid diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making providing diagnostic suggestions, metrics, objectiveness, and data-based solutions. These tools help to reduce the loss of information between sessions, provide diagnostic suggestions and improve decision making capability of the professionals. Traditional tools have been digitized and improved by integrating AI. Treatment is individualized and personalized considering the aggregation of anonymous data to increase its therapeutic efficacy. It reduces the time necessary for diagnoses, it can obtain the same results as the standards with half the necessary inputs. All customizable to adapt it to the comfort of the patient and professional. Aimentia works based on the clustering of symptoms or data, not on disorder labels. This is how the pioneering transdiagnostic model is defined. 

Inrobics  (Intelligent Robotics)

- will be presented by Fernando Fernández Rebollo (Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer)

Inrobics proposes a new rehabilitation solution through a digital health AI platform embodied in social robots to help people with functional or neurological limitations improve their quality of life. Designed by health professionals within the paediatric and geriatric contexts, Inrobics is a cloud-based platform that can be used both in rehabilitation centres and in the patient's own home, following a personalized treatment prescribed by his/her regular therapist. The increased frequency of sessions results in a better progress of the treatment. The algorithms acquire knowledge of the patient, allowing to perform fully customized sessions to the patient’s physical and cognitive condition. Sessions include a wide variety of entertainment content and game mechanisms improving the concentration, motivation, and long-term engagement of the patient. 

KAMLEON (Democratizing Health Innovation)

- will be presented by Jordi Ferré Albiol (Co-Founder & CEO)


Kamleon is a science-based early-stage company, born with the purpose of democratizing health monitoring by decentralizing traditional laboratory analysis. For doing so they are turning quotidian objects such as toilets, diapers, or patches into effortlessly, non-invasive, real time biomonitoring platforms. Their smart urinalysis system allows to effortlessly monitor advanced physiological metrics, such as hydration, in real time in a robust and non-invasive way. The company is now launching its first pilot project – Road to Tokyo 2021 – at the National French Olympic Training Center. In preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, the Training Center is undergoing an innovative renovation of its sports facilities, which will be equipped with the latest technological solutions for the tracking of athletes’ performance. Kamleon’s products will make part of the renovation project, and their urinalysis system integrated within the urinals will give athletes the necessary personalized recommendations for optimal nutrition and hydration, aid their recovery process, and ultimately contribute to optimizing their performances.

MELTIC (Ideas Melting pot for TIC and Health science for Citizens in small communities)

- will be presented by Victoria Ramos González (Project leader, Telemedicine and Digital Health Research Unit at ISCIII)
The project aims to improve the quality of life of citizens in small communities by co-creating and developing ICT health services with stakeholders including local residents. MELTIC connects with diverse European policy challenges such as depopulation, health, active aging, education, youth, and climate change, and seeks to identify current and future needs of citizens. The objective is to generate, through co‐creation methodologies, suitable ideas for research in ICT in Health and Biomedicine, in topics such as self‐learning, false information discrimination and addiction prevention (compulsive gambling, gaming, and betting). The leading issue is how to use smart technologies to transform public spaces in small communities into people-friendly humane environments. The project will generate a Vade mecum of 100 ideas for research in ICT in Health and Biomedicine and a model for cooperation in small communities in rural areas

The Kaunas Cities Health pilot on urbanism & health

- will be presented by Sandra Andrusaityte (project researcher, Vytautas Magnus University) 
The Kaunas pilot study is part of the CitieS-Health project. The research model builds on Participatory Action Research, and is being conducted through collaboration between community members, community-based organizations, public health agencies, and educational institutions with the aim of outlining the citizens’ concerns and placing them at the centre of environmental epidemiology research by developing a kit that engages the citizens and presents evidence on how the urban design and physical activity affect citizens’ health and well-being, and provides them with personalised information. Data is being collected to estimate the link between city environment and citizens health, for data collection non-invasive techniques are being used such as questionnaires, portable sensors, and remote monitoring


- will be presented by Carme Carrion (project leader, UOC eHealth Center) 
One of the strategies currently used to mitigate weight-related problems is to use mobile apps. However, it is important to distinguish between those that may be useful and those others that are not effective or may even be harmful. The aim of the EVALAPPS project is the design and validation of a tool to assess the efficacy, effectiveness, and safety of mHealth apps whose main goal is to manage and prevent overweight and obesity. The ultimate goal is to provide health professionals and users with the necessary knowledge to know which apps have proven effectiveness and are considered to be valid. As things stand at present, professionals cannot make any recommendations with confidence, because there are no specific regulations for this type of app.

VReal (Virtual Neurological Telerehabilitation) 

- will be presented by Ezequiel Hidalgo Galache (Eyegress SL, Founder and CEO)
VReal is an affordable telerehabilitation platform that helps patients with neurological deficits, such as those caused by a stroke, to regain their independence. Using the patient’s smartphone, the platform provides evidence-based, cost-effective neurological telerehabilitation through a range of 360-degree virtual reality videos. VReal combines three different treatments: Mirror Therapy, Action Observation, and Motor Imagery, which were traditionally used separately; patients benefit from the synergistic effect of this approach. VReal is a unified, multidimensional, affordable, efficient business-to-consumer (B2C) platform. Thanks to Google Cardboard, implantation costs have been eliminated. Moreover, therapies were designed from the ground up, which means they do not require direct supervision from a specialist. This translates to a revolution in terms of the therapy itself (the patient decides where, when and how).


(*) Recording of the workshop is now online - see here


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