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PROGRESSIVE Standards in ICT for active and healthy ageing

PROGRESSIVE is an EU-funded project focusing on the standardisation needs in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) for active and healthy ageing (AHA). Project partners come from Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the Untied Kingdom are involved either in standardisation processes or in the inclusion of older adults. The aim of the project is to set in place a dynamic and sustainable framework where the contribution of standards and standardisation for ICT can be maximised for active and healthy ageing. In a context of an ageing population, the project will intent to increase older people’s engagement and inclusion in standardisation process as well as offer new ways of thinking to improve the impact and influence of standards.

PROGRESSIVE Standards in ICT for active and healthy ageing

PROGRESSIVE Standards in ICT for active and healthy ageing

Visit PROGRESSIVE Website at www.progressivestandards.org

What problem is PROGRESSIVE solving?

Standardising all sorts of approaches and techniques is an effective and efficient solution to today's challenges about working smartly in the domain of active and healthy ageing. Europe is particularly focused on the socio-economic challenge of ensuring that its people age actively and healthily. To achieve reformed and empowering services for older and elderly adults, many different forms of standards are needed. They are to be found in such fields as design for all, smart buildings, standards for telehealth, telemedicine - including mHealth - and eHealth.

Some work has already been done to examine the vast range of more than 600 standards and guidelines that can affect the domain of active and healthy ageing. Much more, however, needs to be done to ensure that this collection of materials is well organised and understandable.

What is PROGRESSIVE about?

The PROGRESSIVE project will set in place a dynamic and sustainable framework where the contribution of standards and standardisation for ICT can be maximised for Active and Healthy Ageing. Its outcomes will involve at least three sets of guidelines on standards around smart homes and age-friendly homes, age-friendly procurement practices, and general good practices.

PROGRESSIVE will also consider how older people can be engaged in standardisation processes so that their voices are reflected in the content of standards that are intended to benefit them. Exciting and important developments in standards and standardisation processes are, therefore, envisaged!

PROGRESSIVE is a coordination and support action that is two years in duration. It started on 1 October 2016, and has a total budget of 900,000 euros.

What is EHTEL's role in PROGRESSIVE?

EHTEL will translate what has been learned in the eHealth field about standards and interoperability to the much wider domain of active and healthy ageing. To do this, the association will work with its various work groups on innovation and on health and care authorities.

In PROGRESSIVE, EHTEL leads a work package on use cases and interoperability. Through it, it will explore the role of standards for interoperability in specific and wider range of domains around ICT for active and healthy ageing - like electronic health records. It will also outline the merits of various use cases, so that interoperability and harmonisation can be tested in different service models.

In addition, EHTEL will focus on stakeholder engagement/stakeholder consultation; developing materials that can be stored on an online platform; help to develop first drafts of guidelines; and assist with the evaluation and monitoring of the project.

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