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Home Instead Helps Kick Off Pioneering EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme
Mar 11, 2016


ProACT
is a competitively funded project under the European Commissions' research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. ProACT (Integrated Technology Ecosystem for ProACTive Patient Centred Care)  will address a major EU research priority in personalised healthcare to develop advanced ICT systems and services for Integrated Care.

Coordinated by Dr. John Dinsmore at the Trinity Centre of Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI), ProACT will target Europe’s 50 million multi-morbid patients to proactively self-manage and offset the EU’s annual €700 billion cost of chronic disease management. It aims to do this by providing and evaluating an open application programming interface (API) to integrate a variety of new and existing technologies to advance ‘home based’ integrated care for patients who are living with chronic multimorbidities (including; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and chronic heart failure (CHF)).

The long term success and the potential impact of ProACT on healthcare will be carried out by a multidisciplinary EU consortium of 3 public and 9 private organisations across 6 member states. These organisations will come together with their individual expertise to develop and validate ProACT. The consortium consists of :

  • Trinity College Dublin: Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation  (Ireland)
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT): Netwell/CASALA  (Ireland)
  • University College Cork: Tyndall National Institute  (Ireland)
  • IBM (Ireland)
  • Philips Healthcare (United Kingdom)
  • Home Instead Senior Care (HISC) (Ireland)
  • Treelogic  (Spain)
  • iMinds  (Belgium)
  • Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Austria)
  • European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) (Belgium)
  • ASP Città di Bologna (Italy)
  • AIAS Bologna onlus (Italy)


The ProACT kick-off meeting marked the official start of the EU Funded H2020 project. Held at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin partners were welcomed by Prof. Mary McCarron (Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences) and Prof. John Boland (Dean of Research) from the College.  


ProACT team Kick Off Meeting at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD.

(Ground Floor From Left to Right: Dr. Spyros Kotolaus (IBM); Dr. Salvatore Tedesco (Tyndall); Sabrina Ferraina (EASPD); Dr. Anne-Marie Brady (TCPHI); Dr. Jonas Albert (iMinds); Dr. John Dinsmore (TCPHI); John Barton (Tyndall); Ed Murphy (HISC); David Walker (Philips Healthcare); Prof. An Jacobs (iMinds); Dr. Joan Cahill (TCD); Dr. Alessandra Pascale (IBM); Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf (AIAS).

Staircase From Left to Right: Nuwani Edirisingh (Philips Healthcare); Alberto Olmo (Treelogic); Dr. Sheeona Gorman (ASSISTID); Ed Lenox (DKIT); Grace McCarthy (TCD); Tatiana Silva (Treelogic); Paul Fulton (Philips Healthcare); Dr. Julie Doyle (DKIT)

The ProACT kick-off meeting marked the official start of the EU Funded H2020 project . Held at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin partners were welcomed by Prof. Mary McCarron (Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences) and Prof. John Boland (Dean of Research) from the College.  



ProACT Launch Dinner at the Trinity College Dublin 1592 Restaurant, 
Hosted by The Dean of Health Sciences Prof. Mary McCarron

(From Left to Right:  Dr. Spyros Kotolaus (IBM); Sabrina Ferraina (EASPD); Conor Cullen (IBM); Ed Murphy (HISC); Alberto Olmo (Treelogic); Dr. Anne-Marie Brady (TCPHI); Eamon Moriarty (IBM); Dr. Alessandra Pascale (IBM); Dr. Jonas Albert (iMinds); Prof. Mary McCarron (TCD); Prof. An Jacobs (iMinds); Prof. John Boland (TCD); Dr. John McKeon (TCD); Ed Lenox (DKIT); Dr. John Dinsmore (TCD); Dr. Julie Doyle (DKIT); Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf (AIAS); Dr. Joan Cahill (TCD); Grace McCarthy (TCD); David Walker (Philips Healthcare);  Nuwani Edirisingh (Philips Healthcare); Larry Leavey (Philips Healthcare); John Barton (Tyndall); Paul Fulton (Philips Healthcare); Dr. Chris Keely (TCD); Dr. Salvatore Tedesco (Tyndall))

The kick off  meeting facilitated by project coordinator Dr. John Dinsmore (TCPHI) addressed the upcoming project work packages and deliverables. Sessions involved key presentations and working groups led by work package leaders, as well  presentations on the three trials sites in Ireland, Belgium and Italy. ProaCT trial sites will use Living Lab facilities to ensure co-design of ProACT technologies, and implement proof of concept trials involving national health services, 120 patients and their formal and informal care networks. The Italian trial will be conducted in year three to understand issues around the transferability of ProACT across the EU. Emphasis will be on identifying factors that impact on the successful deployment of ProACT in different cultural, linguistic, organisational and socio-economic contexts.  The meeting provided the opportunity for all partners to address key questions and discuss important aspects to project implementation. The kick off meeting also involved a visit to Netwell/CASALA at the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT). This provided partners with an introduction to the Irish based ‘Living Lab’ test facilities and trial site.  


ProACT team visiting the Netwell/CASALA living labs at DKIT

(From Left to Right: Ed Lenox (DKIT); Dr. Julie Doyle (DKIT); Dr. Salvatore Tedesco; Dr. Alessandra Pascale (IBM); John Barton (Tyndall); Dr. Alberto Olmo (Treelogic); Dr. Jonas Albert (iMinds); Tatiana Silva (Treelogic); Dr. Lorenzo Desideri (AIAS); Nuwani Edirisingh (Philips Healthcare); Paul Fulton (Philips Healthcare); Dr. John Dinsmore (TCPHI); Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf

For more information on ProACT, visit www.proact2020.eu



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement
No. 689996


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