Second national meeting of stakeholders in the ITHACA project

The second national meeting of stakeholders in the Interreg Europe ITHACA project was held at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) on 16 February.

ITHACA involves nine EU regions with the shared ambition of accelerating the scaling up of smart health and care innovation that can support active and healthy living. As part of the project’s activities, researchers from the CSI, led by Vesna Dolničar, developed a self-assessment online survey aimed at evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the stakeholders in partner regions in relation to policy, ecosystems and innovations in the field of smart health and care and in the learning process. The data collection took place between 4 December and 14 January.

Results from 114 responses gathered in Slovenia (21% of the total response rate) were discussed during the second national stakeholders’ meeting, which was held on Friday, 16 February. A project group, consisting of CSI members Vesna Dolničar PhD, Tomaž Burnik, Nejc Berzelak PhD, Mojca Šetinc and Simona Hvalič Touzery PhD, prepared a brochure with the survey results that was received by all participants. A workshop in the innovative ‘Design Thinking’ format was facilitated by Amedea Derenda Mujezinović (Servis 8). During the workshop, 20 participants from different stakeholders’ organisations, including policy makers, enterprises, civil society and associations, and researchers, discussed the underlying reasons for the survey results.

During the first part, ‘World Café’, the debate centred on questions related to the reasons for the lower assessment of statements related to policies supporting innovation; support for innovation; the intensity of development of new ideas, and of the development and use of innovative products and services; and the usefulness of involvement in innovation cooperation partnerships for Slovenian organisations in comparison with other partner regions. During the second part of the workshop, participants discussed good practice in smart health and care from Slovenia and abroad. They identified many examples and presented them to other participants. Before concluding the workshop, participants wrote down the key challenges to be addressed in the field of smart health and care in the future.