The consortium of the Advancing Care Coordination & Telehealth Deployment Programme consists of one main partner (Philips Medizin Systeme Böblingen GmbH) and 13 associated partners.

Philips (DE)

Philips Medizin Systeme Böblingen GmbH [PMSB]

Royal Philips Electronics is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6 billion and employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare.

Philips Telehealth Europe is part of Philips Home Healthcare solutions, a member of the Philips Medical Systems Organisation. Philips' award-winning telemonitoring solutions enable healthcare providers to monitor chronic disease patients while the patient stays at home. Our telehealth programs allow for early intervention in patient care, more informed decision making in patient management, greater patient self-care, and reduced risk of repeated hospital admissions and ER visits.

Philips (DE)

Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. [PHR]

Philips Research enables profitable growth for Royal Philips by timely bringing innovations to market sectors including Healthcare. Founded in 1914, it is one of the world's major private research organizations. It has research labs in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Aachen (Germany), Cambridge (UK), Hamburg (Germany), Braircliff Manor (NY, US), Shanghai (China) and Suresnes (France). A special research program across several research labs is devoted to Home Healthcare including Aging Independently, Chronic Condition Management, Remote Diagnostics and Home Monitoring Integration. The research team that participates in the ACT program is located in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki [AUTH]

The Lab of Medical Informatics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) has been founded in 1990 and is currently one of the major research and development centres in Medical Informatics and Biomedical Engineering both in the Greek and European arena. The Lab has been very active in the fields of biomedical processing of brain and cardiovascular signals, modelling of electrophysiological processes and in information technologies in healthcare. The Lab possesses considerable experience in healthcare telematics, data management and semantic technologies, decision support systems and data mining, multi-agent systems in distributed healthcare applications, and service-oriented applications in biomedicine. Recently, the research activities have been expanded in bioinformatics, including phylogenetic analysis, alternative splicing machinery, and analysis of genetic alterations in specific diseases, e.g. cancer. The participating team has over 50 publications in the last five years in the area of biomedical informatics and molecular medicine.

As part of the Medical School of AUTH, the team has direct link and strong collaborations with University Clinics and can, therefore, develop applications that truly meet healthcare professional requirements, and validate the outcomes through trials and pilots in real clinical environments. The team has long experience running EU projects in the ICT area and more specifically in the areas of Personalized Health Systems (CHS, PANACEIA-iTV, SENSATION,HeartCycleREMOTE), Semantic Technologies (ASSISTPSIP) and Ambient Assisted Living (UniversAALCloud4all).

University of Hull

University of Hull [UHULL]

The University of Hull has an established track record in cross-sector telehealth patient and technology research, including projects such as TEN-HMS, HEARTCYCLE, INDEPENDENT, BRAVEHEALTH and SEMANTIC HEALTHNET. Hull has now created a center for telehealth, bringing together research from a range of areas, including clinical (Heart failure, COPD, dementia and primary care), telehealth service design, evaluation and education, computing, technology and patient motivation and adherence.

City University London

City University London [LCITY]

The School of Health Sciences at City University London is a leader in the field of healthcare education and health policy thanks to our interdisciplinary approach and world-class research. Centrally placed in the largest concentration of hospitals in the UK, we work with the majority of London NHS Trusts.

The School incorporates the former St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been providing health education in London for more than 120 years and was one of the first institutions in the world to train optometrists.

The 2013 Guardian University Guide rated us first in London for our Nursing education. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) we were ranked number one in London for our Nursing and Midwifery research. We are the largest provider of speech and language therapy courses in the UK.

We offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development courses in Health Management, Research and Policy, Public Health, Midwifery, Nursing, Optometry, Radiography, Human Communication and Speech and Language Therapy. Combing state-of-the-art facilities and sector leading teaching and research the School of Health Sciences at City is a place where students, academics, practitioners and policy makers come to learn, share and innovate.

Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust [GSTT]

Guy's and St Thomas' is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country, with around 12,500 staff; an annual turnover of more than ₤1 billion; and 1.6 million patient contacts a year. Our hospitals have a long and proud history, dating back almost 900 years, and have been at the forefront of medical progress and innovation since they were founded. We continue to build on these traditions and have a reputation for clinical, teaching and research excellence.

We provide a full range of hospital services for our local communities which have been integrated with the community services in Lambeth and Southwark. We also provide many specialist services for patients, including the national and internationally recognised Lane Fox Respiratory Unit, which is a regional Weaning, Rehabilitation and Home Mechanical Ventilation Unit.

We are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts. Our AHSC is one of only five in the UK and consists of King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

Consorci Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer

Consorci Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer [IDIBAPS]

IDIBAPS is a public research centre with more than 400 researchers dedicated to translational research in the field of biomedicine. Founded in 1996, IDIBAPS is formed by the Generalitat de Catalunya's Ministry of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise (DIUiE), the University of Barcelona's Faculty of Medicine, the Hospital Cl?nic i Provincial de Barcelona (HCPB) and the Institut d'Investigacions Biom?diques de Barcelona of the Council for Scientific Research (IIBB-CSIC).

HCPB is a university tertiary hospital that employs about 4,000 professionals with a long reputation of excellence in care provision, training and research at national and international level. HCPB has been consolidating a dual model, both as a Community Hospital, serving the population in the area of reference and as a Tertiary Hi-tech centre developing leading-edge research in several lines at national and international levels. During the last decade, HCPB has developed an ambitious program for chronic patient management promoting both care coordination and use of ICT to support integrated care services. It is developed in close collaboration with the Dept of Health of the Catalan Government for regional scalability. Besides, the institution is leading different EU projects involving Systems Biology approaches and deployment of ICT for health.

Universitätsklinikum Würzburg [UKW]

The Comprehensive Heart Failure Center (CHFC) at the University of Würzburg and the University Hospital Würzburg is one of eight Integrated Research and Treatment Centers supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research.

The CHFC was founded in November 2010. About 120 scientists of different theoretical institutes (e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, pharmacology) and clinical departments (e.g. cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, endocrinology, nephrology, psychiatry, psychology, neurology, radiology, and epidemiology) research in interdisciplinary basic and clinical projects. Eight Project Areas represent the most important structural subunits of the CHFC research.

This interdisciplinary concept of research, teaching, and care for patients with heart failure at the CHFC is unique in Germany.

The CHFC closely cooperates with partners at the University Hospital W?rzburg and the University of W?rzburg as well as numerous external partners. The cooperation allows intense scientific exchange and cooperation with health care policy and health insurance companies to implement evidence-based novel strategies in the German Health Care System.

University Medical Center Groningen [UMCG]

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) was established in 2005 as a joint activity of the University of Groningen and the Academic Hospital Groningen (AZG). At present, the UMCG is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands. More than 10,000 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education and perform cutting-edge scientific research, focused on 'healthy and active ageing'.

Research and education at the UMCG are funded through the University of Groningen, and the Faculty of Medical Sciences functions as an integral part of the University. The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine is appointed by the Board of the University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the UMCG. More than 3,400 students of the University of Groningen study Medicine, Dentistry or Human Movement Sciences, while more than 340 physicians are doing their specialty training at the state of the art facilities of the UMCG.

Patients attend the UMCG for basic care but also for very specialist diagnoses, examination or treatment. All patients from the Northern Netherlands with complicated or unusual disorders are eventually referred to the UMCG. Good quality care is always based on the latest information, and is provided by the best doctors and nurses. Together with the support staff, every day we work on achieving a single common goal: building the future of health.

NHS 24 [NHS24]

Scotland has a population of approximately 5 million people, with a mix of urban and remote and rural locations. The health and social care system in Scotland is a devolved responsibility which is overseen directly by the Scottish Government. Faced with geographic challenges, and a rapidly growing older population (the fastest growing in Europe, but still dying younger), with an increasing dependence on health and social care, the Scottish Government view the development of telehealth and telecare as critical to help address the demography, aspirations and choices of our population. The Scottish Government has recently published its "2020 vision" below:

Our vision is that by 2020 everyone is able to live longer healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting. We will have a healthcare system where we have integrated health and social care, a focus on prevention, anticipation and supported self management. When hospital treatment is required, and cannot be provided in a community setting, day case treatment will be the norm. Whatever the setting, care will be provided to the highest standards of quality and safety, with the person at the centre of all decisions. There will be a focus on ensuring that people get back into their home or community environment as soon as appropriate, with minimal risk of re-admission.

NHS 24 and the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare (SCTT) have been positioned to assist deliver this vision, and establish telehealth and telecare as an integral part of service delivery in order to help the people of Scotland live longer healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting.

NHS 24 is a Special Health Board providing and facilitating the development of national telehealth and telecare services across Scotland, and is directly accountable to Scottish Ministers.

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT) is part of NHS 24, and has been established by the Scottish Government to provide practical advice and support to Health Boards, Local Authorities and other key stakeholders across Scotland as they seek to realise the potential of digital health and assistive living technologies in the redesign of health and care services. To date the SCTT has supported the implementation of four national telehealth programmes (Stroke, Paediatrics, Mental Health, and Long Term Conditions, focussing on COPD), and overseen the implementation of Scotland's Telecare Action Plan. In addition, the team is managing the technical implementation of a national videoconferencing solution, and our national Telehealthcare education & training programme. NHS 24/SCTT are also leading the Scottish Assisted Living Programme on behalf of the Scottish Government, which aims to

  • roll out assisted living solutions to at least 10,000 people across Scotland,
  • develop a Centre for Excellence in Digital Health & Assisted Living,
  • and embed telehealth & telecare within the ₤300m Reshaping Care for Older People Programme.
Telbios SpA

Telbios SpA [TLB]

A pioneer in Telemedicine since 1996, Telbios has a wide experience in the design and realization of programs and services to manage new pathways of care for the main chronic diseases and assistance of the patient at home. Telbios has a recognized civil partnership with the Italian Defense Ministry on issues of telemedicine. Headquartered in Italy (Milan), operates a Service Centre (24 hours/365 days) for tele-assistance and telecardiology services. Telbios can count on a secure and reliable infrastructure for disease management and tele-monitoring and participates to the Regione Lombardia CReG (Chronic Related Group) project for the care coordination of chronic patients by family doctors. Telbios collaborates with more than 300 family doctors who have recruited 37.000 patients in four of the five Lombardia Health Trusts involved.

Telbios is certified for the: ''Design and provisioning of telemedicine, tele monitoring service and e- health, support to management of chronic patients, telecare, innovative technologies in healthcare and e-learning services.'' (IQNet: Certificate ISO 9001:2008; CSQ: Certificate ISO 9001:2008) and since 2010, Telbios has maintained a quality management system in compliance with the law UNI EN ISO 13485:2004 for the following activities: ''Design, production, installation, assistance and maintenance of medical device software'' (IQNet: Certificate ISO 13485:2004; IMQ: Certificate CE 1331 MDD INSALUTE).

Asociacion Centro de Excelencia Internacional en Investigacion Sobre Cronicidad

Asociacion Centro de Excelencia Internacional en Investigacion Sobre Cronicidad [KRONIKGUNE]

KRONIKGUNE is the research center created by the Department of Health of the Basque Country as part of the regional Strategy to Tackle the Challenge of Chronicity. The aim of this research center is to enable innovative practices and the structured generation of scientific evidence regarding chronicity and health services sustainability, evaluating innovative pilot activities in order to asses their efficiency and their capacity to be scaled up throughout the regional Health System.

Agency for Healthcare Quality and Assessment of Catalonia [AQuAS]

The Catalan Agency fro Health Information, Assessment and Quality (CAHIAQ) is a public non-profit company reporting to the Catalan Health Service. The CAHIAQ aims to maintain its position as a key and relevant organization offering support to the Catalan health system by producing and using rigorous scientific knowledge to improve disease prevention, health and the quality of life of the people in Catalonia.

Servicio Vasco de Salud-Osakidetza

Servicio Vasco de Salud-Osakidetza [OSAKIDETZA]

OSAKIDETZA is the public health care system of the Basque Country. All the public Hospitals and Primary Care of the Basque Region are under this organization. The Basque Health System includes 14 Hospitals, more than 100 Primary Care clinics organized through 4 different geographical areas, apart from the Mental Health Centres, etc. Osakidetza has a target population of more than 2 million inhabitants and is fully involved in the regional Strategy to Tackle the Challenge of Chronicity.