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EMpowering PAtients for a BeTTer Information and improvement of the Communication Systems

Main Goal:

Improvement of the self-management of diseases by chronic patients

Program: HORIZON 2020

Code: GA-690492


The EMPATTICS project (EMpowering PAtients for a beTTer Information and improvement of the Communication Systems) is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) cofound action of the Horizon 2020 built upon an international partnership formed by 7 entities from 5 different European countries: Spain, Denmark, France, UK and Ireland. It aims to pursue an ambitious objective: to enhance self-management for people with chronic illnesses through innovative ICT tools and test them at a large scale and integrated as part of the strategic development of health policies in all buyer regions. The goal is a system that will be broadly applicable to a variety of disease types.

In order to avoid dispersing efforts, EMPATTICS consortium has narrowed the scope of services to the following three types of chronic disorders:

  • Diabetes.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Cardiac insufficiency.

This is because of their high incidence, social cost and proven clinical effectiveness of ICT in their different treatments.

EMPATTICS will research and define how health and care professionals and patients will use these ICT technologies to plan interventions with patients and to monitor the progression of their physical and mental state. It will investigate and document the requirements for Decision Support Tools that can be created, deployed and embedded into the daily routines of patients and Health and Care Professionals to deliver quality standardised care across a large population of chronic and elderly patients. This will include the technology requirements and use cases for sharing Care Plans between professionals and patients as well as the scope and depth of integration between new productivity and care coordination toolsets and current EMR recording software.

Health management will be addressed holistically, including healthy lifestyles and prevention as well as disease management, leading to better experience and outcomes alongside more effective and efficient use of services. The project will identify specific gaps to be addresses in the regions. EMPATTICS will seek innovative personalised health technologies to demonstrate applicability of our approach to different target populations.

EMPATITCS will undertake further research and collate current global examples of self-management services that have been clinically proven to positively impact the health of a population. It will study the socio-economic and age dependency factors that affect awareness, uptake and adherence to self-management services. Additionally, EMPATTICS will define and design a best in class self-management service that provides the educational and informational services that a large population of elderly and chronic patients requires to self-manage. The emphasis will be of the use of appropriate technology to scale the service and to connect with population groups that are difficult to reach due to geographic or demographic factors.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690492


Agencia de Conocimiento en Salud GaliciaESP
Central Denmark RegionDEN
Service Numérique de SantéFR
European Health Futures ForumGBR
Kokomo HealthcareIRL
M&C Saatchi MadridESP