On 4th and 5th of April the first of nine Exchange of Experience and Peer Evaluation (EEPE) events took place in Liverpool. EEPE events focus on the host region’s strategies, policy framework and ecosystem for scaling up smart health and care solutions and its methods, resources, track record, plans, results and experiences across the innovation cycle. EEPE comprises site visits, presentations and interactive and structured peer evaluation session where visiting delegates will provide structured feedback to the host. EEPE was attended by Vesna Dolničar and Mojca Šetinc from the Centre for Social Informatics, and two representatives of the stakeholders – Elena Nikolavčič from national telecommunications services provider Telekom Slovenije and Davor Dominkuš from Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.
The first day of EEPE started at the Museum of Liverpool at the waterfront. The museum is new and modern but surrounded by old buildings from the time when Great Britain was a colonial empire. These surroundings illustrate very well the development of the old regional health care system. The Liverpool Region has managed to incorporate and prioritize new and innovative health care solutions in the old health care system NHS, and has developed a more sustainable innovative NHS. This development was the main theme of the first EEPE. During several presentations at the museum, the participants got the chance to learn the healthcare system in the Liverpool region as a whole. A central topic was the regional policy strategies, which the Region has developed to improve and increase implementation of innovative solutions in NHS.
Next stop taught the visitors about cognitive computing and gaming apps at Damibu in the entrepreneurial environment in The Baltic Triangle Liverpool. Different companies presented the interface and different features in a couple of assisted living apps. Afterwards, delegates visited the children’s hospital Alder Hey and its innovation hub. Here the 3D LifePrints presented 3D-printed human organs made for practice, and they told about the benefits of being based in an innovation hub. Physicians and nurses use these organs to simulate operations to children and their parents, and for practice. At the end of the day, ITHACA visited the Alder Hey Education Centre. The main focus was The City Region eHealth Cluster and EU project, which Liverpool Region is project partner in.
During the second day the ITHACA, partners and their experts visited Liverpool Innovation Park, where there was time to visit the NHS' data Centre and learn about big data and the ‘infrastructure’ of NHS. Delegates also visited a call centre where nurses help people straight away and thereby bring down admissions. Furthermore, the participants tried person-centered design in real life. Lastly, Innovative Marketplace emerged and different kinds of healthcare technology for elderly were presented.
At the end of the second EEPE day the event reached peer evaluation stage. It was time to evaluate according to main themes like ‘Innovation in policy and practice, dissemination and transferability’ and ‘Eco-systems and clusters.’ The peer evaluation was carried out in groups and at the end, each group presented their work in a plenary circle. Each group evaluated on what the Region has done, strengths and weaknesses, good practices, lessons learned and implications, recommendations for host region and other ITHACA regions, all according to their own overall theme.
After the EEPE event, Vesna Dolničar and Mojca Šetinc attended second project partners meeting that was held on Thursday April 6th.
Source – official project website: https://www.interregeurope.eu/ithaca/. More information about the project is available on project’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@ITHACA_health).