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Smart Patients - Holistic Empowerment of Citizens to Become Experts in Their Own Health
Date du début: 1 sept. 2016, Date de fin: 31 août 2018 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

One of the EU Health Strategy’s concrete themes includes „empowering citizens – putting patients at the heart of the system and encouraging them to be involved in managing their own healthcare needs“. Preventive care should therefore not be left alone to doctors and hospitals, also the individual must be empowered and become a „smart patient“. Objectives of the project • empower citizens to become expert patents and develop self-confidence and patients competence; • develop practice oriented support that empowers them preventing disease and detecting health issues at an early stage that are essential to living a healthy life; • develop internet and mobile application tools for preventive care; • provide a low level threshold glossary for readers with lower educational levels; • include refugees and migrants through translations of the materials into Arabic and Pashtun. The consortium comprises 8 partners: 1. University of Rijeka, Dept. for Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine (HR), training future health professionals in the mental health community psychiatry; 2. Health Promotion Research Centre at National University of Ireland (IE), active in development of best practice and policy in promotion of health; 3. The organisation „Was hab ich?“ (DE) provides an online portal with free of charge translations of medical reports and hospital discharge summaries into simple language; 4. School of Allied Health Technologies (PT), focusing on research for the provision of community services; 5. INTEGRA Institute for Development of Human Potentials (SI) focuses on counselling services, special pedagogy, and psychology: 6. WIN – Science Initiative (AT) with experience in the design of learning and information materials for ICT communication in virtual environments; 7. QUALED Qualification and Education (SK), active in field of innovative learning technologies; 8. GUNET- AKADIMAIKO DIADIKTYO (GR), expert for development of advanced ICT services and applications in teaching and learning and providing e-learning services through the learning management system OPENeCLASS. Activities: • Framework Analysis with focus group meetings • Development of intellectual outputs (Needs assessment report, tools, online platform, mobile apps) • Testing phase in collaboration with health & migrant organisations • Dissemination activities, multiplier events • 5 transnational meetings Methodology Our project empowers citizens to acquire health literacy, and to understand that health cannot be maintained only by medical intervention, but depends also on lifestyle as well as on social and environmental factors. The design of the learning materials takes into consideration the educational level of disadvantaged learners and responds to the current refugees’ situation by providing selected materials in two widely used languages of refugees, Arabic and Pashtun. Target groups and stakeholders will be included to assess the outcomes of the project. Pilot testing and implementation will guarantee the successful development, and the products will be localized and adapted to partners’ countries. Results and impact • Smart Patient Tools: awareness raising, guidance and information materials that empower citizens preventing disease and detecting health issues at an early stage; • Online Platform containing the tools and a forum with Skype real time translation; • Mobile Smart Patient Apps as virtual information and learning environment • Website, newsletters, flyers: • Quality management plan, evaluation report Impact on the target group: increased sense of initiative for their health; increased level of digital competence; more active participation in society; increased opportunities for professional development through a healthier lifestyle. It is expected that by the end of the project more than 7500 EU citizens will interact with the Smart Patients platform and tools. Impact on stakeholders Smart Patients as effective way of delivering health initiatives and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Sustainability Critical aspect for securing sustainability is the extended networks of partners which consist of more than 1500 organizations, the vast majority of which are employed in the fields of health care provision and management, training, e-learning, and ICT. It has been ensured during the proposal preparation phase that they will integrate the Smart Patients platform in their normal training, communication and promotion activities in the field of health care education, lifelong skills capacity building, training and educational ICT. The Sustainability Strategy will list specific approaches and actions in order to reach both decision-makers and individual end-users, involve them in the project and convince them about the value and relevance of its results. Case studies of successful implementation of Smart Patients will be show-cased in order to convince more stakeholders to utilize project products and results.



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