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Project Overview

The MovingLife project will deliver roadmaps for technological research, implementation practice and policy support with the aim of accelerating the establishment, acceptance and wide use of mobile eHealth solutions that will support lifestyle changes among citizens and improve disease management globally.

The roadmaps will address a broad group of fundamental issues such as: technology options for applications and services; options for new and improved medical guidelines; user empowerment, acceptance, ethics and privacy; socio-economic environments and policy and regulatory frameworks.

Mobile Healthcare (or mHealth) is a term that refers to the provision of medical services through the use of portable devices with the capability to create, store, retrieve, and transmit data via mobile communications. In technical terms, small devices are used to monitor patient-related data and actively communicate with a central information system; in buildings, communication takes place either over a mobile telephony or fixed line network coupled with WiFi. In open spaces, communication takes place via terrestrial (GSM, GPRS, 3G, 4G, WiMax) communication networks or low-orbit satellite communication.

In recent years, mHealth has emerged as an important sub-segment of the field of electronic health (eHealth). While there is no widely agreed-to definition for these fields, the public health community has coalesced around these working definitions (UNF2009):
eHealth: Using information and communication technology (ICT) – such as computers, mobile phones, and satellite communications—for health services and information.
mHealth: Using mobile communications – such as smart phones, mobile phones or PDA—for health services and information.

eHealth and mHealth are inextricably linked. Both are used to improve health outcomes and their technologies work in conjunction. While there are many stand-alone mHealth programs, it is important to note the opportunity mHealth presents for strengthening broader eHealth initiatives. For example, many eHealth initiatives involve digitizing patient records and creating an electronic backbone that will standardise access to patient data within a national system. A mHealth front-end solution allows patients to continuously access such backend systems, while at the same time being completely mobile. Other mHealth solutions can serve as the access point for entering patient data into national health information systems, and as remote information tools that provide information to healthcare clinics, home providers, and health workers in the field.

Aims and Objectives

One aim of the roadmaps is to allow EU policy-makers to decide on the direction of the future ICT research for sustainable high-quality healthcare, demographic ageing, social and economic inclusion, to be funded under the Framework Programme mechanism and other instruments such as the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, Joint Research Centres, Joint Programmes, etc. Another aim of the roadmaps is to accelerate establishment of interoperability standards and of secure, seamless, mobile communication of health data between all involved partners, including patients.

The expected impact covers improved links and interaction between patients and doctors due to better understanding of the needs required for user acceptance and evolution of clinical practice using future mHealth solutions. Moreover, facilitating more active participation of patients in care processes leads to potential services for life-style changes.

Finally, the project will provide better understanding of the business and regulatory aspects for both private sector-driven and publicly-funded mHealth services through the thematic roadmaps in socio-economic developments and policy frameworks.

The MovingLife aims to take a global perspective on mHealth including developed, newly developed and developing regions.

The prime objective of the MovingLife project is to deliver a set of roadmaps for technology and application research and innovation, implementation practice and policy support with the aim to accelerate the establishment, acceptance and wide use of mHealth solutions at a global scale.

The combined roadmaps will address a range of fundamental issues that are related to the vision of massive deployment and use of mHealth solutions to support lifestyle changes among citizens and improve disease management.

The roadmaps will be developed by involving a large numbers of experts in six different consultation events organised at different stages of the project. The project will also involve policy-makers from the European Commission and Member States. MovingLife will actively engage stakeholders (and not just experts) and seek consensus with the overall objective to:
• Survey and capture expert knowledge in the area of technology, health care applications, bio-medical knowledge, socio-economic and demographical frameworks.
• Actively involve European stakeholder organisations in shaping the future landscape of mHealth.
• Discuss with European, national and regional policy-makers with regard to policy actions on mHealth.
• Share roadmaps and impact assessment results among the stakeholders.

Technology roadmapping has become a widely tool for companies, industries and governmental policy-makers. Yet, in spite of the growing interest in roadmapping and the theoretical and methodological attempts to structure the process, there is not yet a real systematic roadmapping approach or even visioning methodology defined (Codagnone, 2009).

Technology roadmapping is a needs-driven technology planning process to help identify, select, and develop technology alternatives to satisfy a set of product needs. It is a plan that applies to a new product or process, or to an emerging technology. Developing a roadmap has three major uses. It helps reach a consensus about a set of needs and the technologies required to satisfy those needs; it provides a mechanism to help forecast technology developments and it provides a framework to help plan and coordinate technology developments (Garcia, 1999).

The two key products in technology roadmapping are Scenarios (our vision of what may happen) and the Roadmap itself (what needs to be researched/put in place to realise the vision). Of key strategic importance for the roadmap is the State of play, which establishes a baseline for the roadmap and identifies the trends to be used in developing the scenarios. This baseline is used in a Gap Analysis, where it is compared against the scenarios to identify what is lacking in terms of e.g. research in order to make the most desirable aspects of the scenarios to happen and to counter the undesirable ones. On the basis of the gaps thus identified, the key research themes and roadmap charts are developed (Codagnone, 2009).

The MovingLife project will adopt a modified version of technology roadmapping methods in a holistic, policy-oriented approach. We intend to include not only needs for technology research and innovation, but also needs for clinical implementation in disease management and ability to motivate life style changes, needs related to user acceptance, security, safety, and ethics as well as needs for new policy frameworks for e.g. cross-border mHealth and standards.

With a view to the holistic approach and the need to incorporate a range of policy areas in the roadmaps, the project will first develop three thematic roadmaps and identify the different relationships between related areas. The three documents will subsequently be combined in a single document integrating the overall roadmaps for widespread, global use of mHealth solutions.

The three thematic roadmaps aim at clustering related topics contained in the future vision of mHealth as follows:

Roadmap for technology and application research: addresses technology options for applications and services; wearable devices and BAN/PAN networks; seamless mobile communication and interoperability standards; need for dedicated radio frequency bands for continuous provision of care; security and privacy enhancing technologies; etc.
Roadmap for clinical and medical uptake: focuses on any need for update of clinical and medical guidelines; new care models; evolution of care spaces; methodology to deliver new knowledge to medical professionals and patients; risk management; patient-doctor relationships, joint and shared care, etc.
Roadmap for socio-economic and policy frameworks: identifies socio-economic and policy drivers and inhibitors for massive deployment of mHealth related to user acceptance; ethical issues; security, privacy and trust models; cross-border issues; business cases; reimbursement models; mapping of future mHealth applications to the regulatory framework of medical devices; etc.
  Partners involved
Atos INNOVA In-JeT ApS Global Security Intelligence Vrije Universiteit Brussel Center for Healthcare Innovation
 
The MovingLife project is a Support Action funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme Full profiles...
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