2nd national stakeholders’ meeting of the ITHACA project

The second national stakeholders’ meeting of the Interreg Europe ITHACA project was held at the Faculty of Social Sciences on February 16.

ITHACA involves 9 EU regions with a shared ambition to accelerate the scaling up of smart health and care innovation that can support active and healthy living. As a part of project activities, researchers from the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI), led by Vesna Dolničar, developed self-assessment online survey, aimed at evaluating strengths and weakness related to policy, ecosystems and innovations in the field of smart health and care and the learning process, in partner regions. Data collection took place between December 4th and January 14th.

Results from 114 responses gathered in Slovenia (21 % of total response rate) were discussed during second national stakeholders’ meeting what was held on Friday, February 16. 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 the participants. Workshop in the innovative “Design Thinking” format was facilitated by Amedea Derenda Mujezinović (Servis 8). During the workshop, 20 participants coming from different stakeholders’ organizations, 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 took place around the questions related to the reasons for lower assessment of statements related to policies supporting innovations; support for innovations; intensity of development of new ideas and development and use of innovative products and services; and usefulness of involvement in innovation cooperation partnerships for Slovenian organizations in comparison with other partner regions. During the second part of the workshop, participants discussed good practices in smart health and care from Slovenia and abroad they are familiar with. They identified a lot of them and presented them to other participants. Prior to the end, participants wrote down the key challenges which have to be addressed in the field of smart health and care in the future.