SIMPHS 3 - Strategic Intelligence Monitor on Personal Health Systems

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SIMPHS3 validation workshop
19 May 2015

The Strategic Intelligence Monitor on Personal Health Systems Phase 3 (SIMPHS3) is the third and final phase of the SIMPHS multiannual project carried out by IPTS in cooperation with DG CNECT. It started in January 2014 and will be completed in summer 2015.

The SIMPHS3 research looks at integrated care services - including telehealth, telecare and independent living solutions - for older patients with chronic conditions. This research aims to define operational guidelines for further implementation in European regions. It has focused particularly on drivers and barriers, and on business and organisational models for integrated care services and independent living solutions. Ultimately, the research will help us to assess the role of ICT in facilitating the integration of healthcare and social care.

SIMPHS3 builds on the findings of earlier phases of the SIMPHS project:

  • SIMPHS1 dealt with the analysis of the market for Remote Patient Monitoring and Treatment (RMT) within Personal Health Systems (PHS);

   Simphs 3 case studies

  • SIMPHS2 complemented this analysis with an investigation of the demand side, focusing on demands and experiences of PHS by healthcare producing units (e.g. hospitals, primary care centres), healthcare professionals, healthcare authorities and patients amongst others.

The SIMPHS3 outcomes will contribute to the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) by helping stakeholders to scale up good practices. In this sense, SIMPHS3 will help analyse good operational practices and create a toolkit for transferability to other regions. More concretely, the focus of SIMPHS3 relates to the activities undertaken in Action Group B3 (replicating and tutoring integrated care for chronic diseases, including remote monitoring at regional level) and those of C2 (development of interoperable independent living solutions, including guidelines for business models).

The research started with the definition of a methodological framework which:

  • devised an approach for the selection and development of case studies on ICT-enabled integrated care services, and
  • developed a framework of analysis.

A literature review was organised in three steps:

  1. to identify from the scientific literature an agreed definition of what integrated care is; 
  2. a review of EIP on AHA reference sites was carried out to select potential best cases;
  3. following this search, another review was undertaken in order to identify potential success cases from other sources, first scientific literature and then grey literature and EU-funded project information.

As a result, 24 cases were identified for further study. These served as a basis to discuss models of organisations and develop guidelines for further implementation of integrated care and independent living in European regions.

For a brief description of the published case studies, please click on the image to enlarge.

To download them, please click here.



Fabienne Abadie