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HENKO NET: innovation in palliative care as an ethical, social and health commitment

Main Goal:

The HENKO NET project: innovation and digital technologies for social and health palliative care at home was born in response to the social and health challenge of strengthening palliative care care systems.

Program: Interreg Sudoe

Code: S1/4.5/E0091


Only 49.2% of people in need of palliative care in Spain receive the care they need. In France, 85% of people would like to die at home, however only 37% do so. In Portugal, the Portuguese Palliative Care Association has warned that some 70,000 people do not have access to palliative care. And yet this care is crucial, since it allows symptoms to be controlled, and is an ethical obligation to alleviate and respect the dignity of people. It has been shown that when palliative care is applied at home, patients experience greater well-being.

HENKO means profound and transformative change in Japanese. Thus, HENKO NET aims to create a community of knowledge to strengthen palliative care care systems and carry out an organizational transformation, by promoting innovation and the adoption of innovative digital technologies that will make home care possible for patients. patients continuously and also in rural areas.

The partners will design a joint strategy and action plan aimed at promoting an innovative attitude in professionals, advanced training and an exchange of good practices in new care models and the adoption of effective digital technologies. One of the most innovative results will be the development of the HENKO platform, a platform based on artificial intelligence for the early detection of the need for palliative care and the anticipation of unwanted events (medical or social). This platform will allow better organization of care, more effective monitoring at home and reduce hospitalizations. The tool development process will involve the active participation of patients, families and professionals to determine its effectiveness and efficiency. Cooperation between the beneficiaries of the three countries that make up the project consortium (Spain, France and Portugal) is essential since in this area innovation is very scarce and expanding the work scenario at a transnational level will allow for sufficient knowledge to development of solutions.


Fondation INTRAS - Centro de Investigación ESP
Gérontopôle Nouvelle-AquitaineFRA
Servicio Aragonés de SaludESP
Gerencia de Servicios Sociales de Castilla y LeónESP
Diputación Foral de Bizkaia Departamento de Acción SocialESP
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Bordeaux Service de médecine palliative et accompagnementFRA
Pavillon de la MutualitéFRA
Infinitivity Design LabsFRA
Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil, EPEPRT