According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the next 30 years, the world’s population aged 60+ years is projected to double from 1 billion in 2020 to nearly 2.1 billion in 2050. Taking this in consideration, it is important for countries to have well-equipped digital systems in place to support their ageing population. Development of The Integrated eco System for Healthy Ageing (ISHA) will result in a user-friendly tool to assess and monitor relevant domains of intrinsic capacity and functional ability in individuals allowing early detection and prevention of non-communicable diseases. The project will empower primary end-users while providing decision support for secondary end-users and gathering anonymized data to inform policy makers and researchers.
The ecosystem is a medical device class 2A composed of a hardware component (Eforto), a smartphone/tablet-based app that contains key testing tools for intrinsic capacity, and a central online platform for data monitoring and interpretation.
With ISHA we create an innovative eco-system, which would allow elderly patients to carry out monitoring, storing and sharing their health data in a safe and convenient format in real time. We envision that the healthcare professionals will be able to appoint the use of the platform in order to be able to assess their patients’ intrinsic capacity and physical reserves. ISHA platform benefits from the ability to be used over time and remotely, which results in healthcare professionals making more informed decisions regarding treatment, monitoring and other personalised care.
Expected results & Impact:
ISHA’s primary goal is to provide a platform that will enable policy makers, HCP’s and other high-level decision-making bodies to monitor and respond appropriately to intrinsic capacity and functional ability changes in the population as they age. Being aware of these domains’ status allows the national and international policy makers to take a preventative action at the right time and foresee the red flags arising. In addition, health and social care delivery systems will benefit from improved quality of care, cost efficiency in service delivery. In addition, the anonymised data gathered from the patients will directly contribute to the research and better understanding of the elderly needs in the society. First iteration of functional platform will be delivered and then consequently improved until a validated system will be reached in 2024 December. We expect to have a fully functional and validated ISHA platform by the end of the project – in 2024 December.
Partners involved in the project
- Project name: ISHA – Integrated data eco-System for Healthy Ageing
- Website: https://isha-aal.eu/
- Coordinator: UniWeb BV
- Duration: 30 months
- Starting Date: 01/06/2022
- Total budget: € 2,741,423
- Public contribution: € 1,664,149.27
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