The Greek EIPonAHA Network was created as a national subgroup of the wide European Initiative (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing), aiming at dispersing the current European concepts of the management of the elderly and chronic patients to the Greek relevant stakeholders.
Its people are mainly coming from the health and social sectors while the technology and managerial people are participating through the support they provide to the clinical applications. There is a close collaboration with the national e-Health ecosystem, adopting the concept that ICT supported services are a major, strategic enabler for the health and social innovative solutions.
Challenges to be addressed
• For service users: to be co-responsible for their health and social care, sharing decisions with professionals.
• For academia and technology centres: to work with care provider organizations to identify the research paths that can enable faster dissemination of the positive potential of technology to the whole population.
• For industry: to design strategies, new roles and business models to increase their value and reduce their costs, creating sufficient economy of scale to cope with the needs of a more demanding and sophisticated health and social care market.
• For health and social care systems: to be aware and open-minded in order to be able to successfully identify and implement existing innovations that could contribute to their sustainability.