SHIRE: Self-management approach to Healthy ageing using an ICT-Dashboard for engagement and Response
“A consortium composed of 12 partners from 8 European countries and lead by University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) prepared the SHIRE project”
Europe’s healthcare system is currently still very much focused on ‘curing’ rather than ‘preventing’, especially when it comes to the older citizens. Existing preventative health measures are generally still very much ad-hoc, directed at one specific life-style issue or one specific health risk, and/or national or regional in focus. Integrated preventative health systems are currently not possible because: (i) such approaches have rarely been attempted; (ii) sensor systems that can monitor personal health and life-style status are lacking; (iii) personal feedback and intervention systems are either not existing or rarely used.
A consortium composed of 12 partners from 8 European countries and lead by University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) prepared the SHIRE project proposal which was submitted for Horizon2020 call PHC21 on the 21st of April. The implementation of this project will help to keep health care affordable, and to realize ‘healthy ageing’, disease management needs to be transformed into health management and focus on preventive measures to ensure a good physical, mental, nutritional and social health condition.
The SHIRE project leader prof. Bart Verkerke (UMCG) emphasizes that “in this project we will realise a comprehensive inter-European approach around an ICT-based ‘dashboard’ for use by older citizens from across EU nations”.