CHERRIES Territorial Mapping Reports are available online

CHERRIES engages ecosystems in South-West Europe (Murcia ES), Northern Europe (Örebro SE) and South-East Europe (Republic of Cyprus CY). The territorial preconditions and development paths are varying. While the size and population of the territories are similar, the administrative, economic, and innovation systems have major differences.

What is the influence of these differences on the capacity of the regions to develop demand-driven health innovations; what are drivers and barriers, and what is the policy mix that supports territorial responsible research and innovation in healthcare?

Based on the mapping guidelines (D2.1), the three territorial ecosystems have been mapped by regional partners under the experienced guidance of CWTS, the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University. The mappings scrutinised the central actors in the territorial healthcare systems, their innovation behaviour and capabilities, priorities, needs and observable trends. Further, the policy instruments determining the innovation policy mix were analysed. The methodology builds upon a mixed-method ranging from desk research, expert interviews to bibliometrics indicators and networks.

The European Commission (EC) describes its policy for responsible research and innovation (RRI) as diverse sets of societal actors
(researchers, citizens, policymakers, business, third sector organizations, etc.) that “work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs, and expectations of society”. The major mechanism for bringing actors together is public engagement, one of the EC’s six RRI ‘keys’ along with ethics, gender equality, governance, open science,
and science education. The capacity to support territorial health innovations in an engaging and responsible way is central to the experimentation phase in CHERRIES.

The Regional Mapping Reports bring together the main findings from mapping the actors and stakeholders, the policy context, and mapping of context and content in relation to smart specialisation.

Each report comprises an understanding of the specificities of a territory, including the peculiarities of its economic structure, the idiosyncrasies of its institutions, the character of its political culture and policy-mix and its relational connections as well as the status for RRI implementation. These territorial development paths serve a baseline for further interventions (WP3 and WP4) into these systems, and subsequent monitoring (WP6).

CHERRIES Murcia | Submit your solution to the PROGRESS challenge

Murcia, in the framework of the CHERRIES project, has launched a call for digital health companies.

Following the CHERRIES model, the Region of Murcia has detected 1 healthcare challenge to be solved by technology. The selected company will have the opportunity to co-create the solutions hand in hand with healthcare professionals, IoT experts and patients and will receive funding – up to € 50,000.

The objective of the challenge is to achieve the early detection of the progression in Multiple Sclerosis by applying sensors to patients by the Internet of Things (IoT) further than the current test face to face every 6 or 12 months. The main aim is to carry out a controlled clinical trial with at least 30 patients for 5 months.

A webinar was organised last March 24th, 2021. It counted with the participation of the organizations that proposed the challenge and provided additional information on the call launched. At the end of the webinar, a question and answer session was opened.

Checked the webinar recordings: https://youtu.be/agB-KS8CDt4

Download the Power Point Presentation: CHERRIES Murcia challenge PROGRESS (until April 15th)

CHERRIES featured as project of the month by Murcia Region

On February 25th, Gorka Sanchez Nanclares (Servicio Murciano de Salud) was invited by the Region of Murcia to present CHERRIES project in the framework of the initiative CARM Europa Proyecto del mes.

Check out the webinar recordings to discover CHERRIES objectives and methodology, the stakeholders involved in the activities of Murcia region and the open call for solutions.CHERRIES Murcia is calling European companies to solve the “Early detection of progression in Multiple Sclerosis” challenge.

 

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Discover CHERRIES open calls for solutions | check recordings and presentations from CHERRIES info-webinar

Last week, on March 4th, CHERRIES hosted an info-webinar aimed at presenting the 3 open calls for solutions.

CHERRIES info-webinar aimed at presenting the three specific challenges, the application and selection process, and providing some highlights on the RRI dimension that applicants need to embed in their proposals – especially in terms of inclusive and participatory approaches.

If you missed the live streaming you can still watch the recording online.

CHERRIES Cyprus is calling European companies and organisations to solve the “Provision of medical services to the Cypriot citizens that live in rural and remote areas and do not have easy access to healthcare services and prescribed medicines” challenge

CHERRIES Murcia is calling European companies to solve the “Early detection of progression in Multiple Sclerosis” challenge

CHERRIES Örebro is calling European companies and organisations to solve the “Breaking and preventing involuntary loneliness among elderly” challenge

For each challenge, CHERRIES will award one solution. Selected European innovators will:

  • Co-develop and validate the solution with the challenge promoter
  • Receive 50000€ to develop the solution over 10 months

As stated by Stefan Philipp (CHERRIES coordinator) in his introduction to the online session, RRI can help filling the gap between good innovative ideas and existing needs in the healthcare sector, facilitating the processes and dynamics that can result into the successful uptake of those ideas by regional stakeholders.

Don’t forget, applications’ deadline is April 15th 2021.

CHERRIES “RRI and Experiment Toolbox”

The CHERRIES “RRI and Experiment Toolbox”, set up by K&I with the active contribution of all the CHERRIES partners during the first period of the project, is ready and is accessible for the regional teams involved in the pilots and for those interested to implement in their local context the CHERRIES approach and methodology.

It collects and adapts RRI-related knowledge, tools, and other resources to support stakeholders and territorial partners in the implementation of the three CHERRIES experiments. Based on the screening and selection of RRI promising practices in health, the Toolbox incorporates existing resources from European and national projects and activities focusing on RRI, RIS3, and healthcare interface.

The Toolbox includes the introduction and two parts.

The first part, titled “RRI in health. General resources for understanding and framing RRI in the healthcare sector”, provides the general framework in which the definition and the implementation of RRI-oriented demand-driven innovation initiatives in healthcare should be placed.

The second part, titled “RRI demand-driven innovation approach”, provides resources useful for implementing RRI-oriented demand-driven innovation initiatives in healthcare and for triggering related-process of structural change within R&I territorial healthcare ecosystems. This second part is organised in five sections, according to the phases of the CHERRIES methodology and presents, for each of them, a set of resources useful for its implementation.

Download CHERRIES RRI and Experiment Toolbox

The Toolbox will also be soon accessible as web tool on the CHERRIES website.

The set up of the Toolbox can be considered an open process. The present version of the Toolbox might be therefore further improved and enriched through the next stages of the CHERRIES project, including possible tools developed and tested during the implementation of the three territorial RRI/demand-driven pilots, and other relevant resources identified within and outside the Consortium.

Please let us know if you have any further resource you would like us to include in the toolbox: get in touch!

CHERRIES calls for solutions are online!

CHERRIES territories launched 3 calls for solutions that will be open for applications till April 15th 2021.

Territorial partners in Cyprus, Murcia and Örebro are looking for innovative solutions in the healthcare sector.

3 regions, 3 different challenges:

  • CHERRIES Cyprus is calling European companies and organisations to solve the “Provision of medical services to the Cypriot citizens that live in rural and remote areas and do not have easy access to healthcare services and prescribed medicines” challenge
  • CHERRIES Murcia is calling European companies to solve the “Early detection of progression in Multiple Sclerosis” challenge
  • CHERRIES Örebro is calling European companies and organisations to solve the “Breaking and preventing involuntary loneliness among elderly” challenge

For each challenge, CHERRIES will award one solution. Selected European innovators will:

  • Co-develop and validate the solution with the challenge promoter
  • Receive 50000€ to develop the solution over 10 months
  • Access mentoring support to ensure smooth development and implementation of the solution

CHERRIES invites you to the upcoming info-webinar aimed at presenting the three specific challenges, the application and selection process, and  providing some highlights on the RRI dimension that applicants need to embed in their proposals – especially in terms of inclusive and participatory approaches.

Join our webinar on March 4th at 11am (CET) and clear all doubts about the CHERRIES open calls for solutions.

REGISTER NOW

 

CHERRIES Calls for Solutions open on February 15th

We ended 2020 evaluating the results of CHERRIES regional calls for needs. As a result of the 3 regional calls, CHERRIES pilot regions (Murcia, Cyprus and Orebro) selected a challenge each and developed dedicated calls for solutions.

The three calls will open on Monday, February 15th.

Each call will stay open for 2 months and will result in the selection of one solution per challenge that will be implemented over a 10 month period, with a financial support of 50000€ (lump sum).

According to CHERRIES methodology, each solution will be tailored to the specific context and co-developed with the relevant territorial stakeholders.

CHERRIES partners will provide mentoring support to the granted solutions and will help them embedding Responsible Innovation principles and practices into their projects.

Each call will have a dedicated page, accessible either through CHERRIES website homepage or the regional ecosystems’ pages.

Aretaeio Hospital in the Era of digital transformation

Our consortium partner  Aretaeio Hospital in Cyprus introduced some interesting digital tools to improve its healthcare services. Read about the E-HCert and how blockchain technology presents a great opportunity to radically reshape the current paradigm and change the delivery of healthcare, test results, therapeutics, diagnostics as well as advance the process and security of information exchange between parties.

“The clinical laboratories of Cyprus produce large volumes of data, including extensive paper trails relating to lab test results for patients. The system currently relies on ‘Laboratory Information Systems’ (LIS) that helps specialists manage data resulting from a series of complex tests and activities.

The current process contains multiple deficiencies. Firstly, the patient has to wait days for the completion of all tests prior to receiving results. In addition, the hospital laboratory has to contact the patient, deliver physical test results whilst the patient has to then maintain a hard copy of the results in good condition to ensure access to subsequent healthcare services.

As healthcare systems undergo rapid integration with new digital tools, the need for compliance with data privacy policies such as GDPR becomes increasingly vital. Conversely, patients need a legally compliant, private and secure method to view and share their own health information.

Blockchain technology represents the best opportunity to radically reshape the current paradigm and change the delivery of healthcare, test results, therapeutics, diagnostics as well as advance the process and security of information exchange between parties.

W-HCert and VeChain as an Instrument for Patient, Hospital & Government

E-HCert represents a new category of healthcare record system that combines interoperability, immutability, traceability and compliance. For Aretaeio Hospital, after the patient takes a lab test, results will be automatically uploaded to the E-HCert application and the VeChainThor public blockchain. Built on VeChain ToolChain™, the E-HCert wallet can be securely accessed using private credentials given to the patient after a registration process in the Hospital. Once complete, the data is readily accessible to its owner, available for use to prove his or her health status as required.

The solution also provides a blockchain-based Web Portal that allows doctors to request the medical records of patients, creating a trusted and transparent communication mechanism between physician and patient.

The platform maintains GDPR compliance by ensuring personal data remains under full control of the owner, granting access to government authorities, employers or other parties at the sole discretion of the owner whilst massively reducing the risk of accidental third party exposure.

From January 2021, The E-HCert App will be used by Aretaeio Hospital for all laboratory tests, from COVID-19 to routine blood work, predictably serving over 100,000 people a year. Together with I-Dante and VeChain will be a leading force in the transformation of the European healthcare sector”.

“Following the integration of this platform that offers patients direct and secure access to their laboratory tests via mobile devices, it also incorporates the digital vaccination certificate for Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19”.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.aretaeio.com/en/aretaeio-hospital-joins-the-digitalization-and-blockchainization-era-by-offering-e-hcert-to-its-patients-visitors/
  2. https://www.aretaeio.com/en/aretaeio-hospital-introduces-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-digital-vaccination-certificate-platform/

 

Aretaeio Hospital: Introduces Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate Platform

CHERRIES at a glance | what’s in it for you

We were asked to briefly present the added value CHERRIES can offer to its stakeholders. Here is our answer:

  • HAVE YOUR SAY – Three regional “Labs” enabling multi-actors dialogue for bottom-up definition of needs and co-creation of innovative solutions in the healthcare sector.
  • REPLICATE THE PILOT IN YOUR REGION – A common methodology and a virtual toolbox outlining methods and practices to run regional pilots on demand-driven and user-led innovation approaches (from stakeholders mapping, to co-creation approaches, to monitoring framework) allowing other regions and other sectorial stakeholders to replicate the “labs”.
  • GET SUPPORT & MAKE CONNECTIONS – Training, networking and mentoring programme for at least 3 more regions interested in replicating CHERRIES methodology either in the healthcare or other sectors (mirror regions).
  • LEARN BY DOING – Regional workshops and online webinars to delve into responsible healthcare ecosystems in Europe.
  • KEEP UPDATED – A quarterly newsletter to receive latest updates from CHERRIES community → www.cherries2020.eu/newsletter
  • GET POLICY HINTS – Recommendations for policy makers on how to shape responsible innovation policies.

Discover the full offer of CHERRIES project: our brochure is available online for free download.

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