Study Overview

The study on “Support to scaling up of innovations in Active and Healthy Ageing” (Scale AHA) is performed by empirica and sub-contractors EuroRec and EUREGHA. It aims to accelerate the scaling-up of innovative approaches and practices in Active and Healthy Ageing in Europe by fostering active knowledge exchange among regions through dedicated mentoring sessions.

Scale AHA builds upon existing materials, tools and methodologies. The study will provide a clear and analytical stock-taking analysis of scaling-up needs potential and actual opportunities, and the experience to date of successful practices across the different Reference Sites of the EIP and other relevant stakeholders, complemented by an analysis of the drivers for innovation (success factors) that have been shown to be vital to overcome related challenges. Existing analytical tools and methodologies within and outside of the EIP framework will be collected and analysed, including the B3 Action Group’s Maturity Model for Adoption of Integrated Care Enabled by ICT and the MAST methodology.

The analyses of tools and methods will provide the basis for developing a matching framework that will help bring together regions with similar characteristics – needs, drivers, social and cultural norms, etc. A self-assessment of these characteristics will be provided to the regions and 20 matches will be identified based on the results. The matched pairs will then be taken into the next steps of the study andsupport will be offered to facilitate knowledge exchange activities between them. The support actions include guidance on structuring of the knowledge exchange, mentoring meetings between the regions and the study team, and follow-up activities.

The experience gained from the mentoring meetings and activities will be the basis for establishing a knowledge exchange community on scaling-up innovations in ageing, healthcare, social care and eHealth which will enable and orchestrate the interchange of business, organizational and technical knowledge between Reference Sites. The experiences made will as well be used to develop result-oriented and robust policy recommendations for scaling-up strategies at EU level.


empirica – Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH, Germany

empirica has established itself as a leading European institute with a broad understanding of the political, clinical, economic, commercial and social challenges surrounding health systems, public health, healthcare providers and medical device companies. A focus is on how ICT and medical technologies can contribute to a better performance of healthcare delivery. It has cooperated with or provided services to the European Parliament (EP), European Commission (EC), World Health Organisation (WHO), OECD, European Space Agency (ESA), as well as national governments, global industrial players, healthcare service providers, healthcare insurances, and other stakeholders. This is complemented by its broad experience in analysing and surveying markets, applying advanced, pragmatic benefit-cost assessment methods to health system related delivery processes and outcomes, and the development and validation of sustained strategies, business cases, and exploitation scenarios. Furthermore, empirica has extensive experience and knowledge in managing, co-ordinating and/or supporting large-scale European and international projects and studies for both private and public clients (like the epSOS project). EMP has also a long-standing thematic expertise in eHealth research, technology and development (RTD), implementation of eHealth systems and solutions, integration of care and support systems, engagement and empowerment of patients and carers, and providing decision support for professionals.

European Institute for Health Records (EuroRec)

The European Institute for Health Records is an independent European not for profit organisation founded in 2003, federating national ProRec centres and/or accredited partnering organisations and promoting development and use of high quality EHR systems. EuroRec has participated in or co-ordinated almost 80 European projects, including many relating to the interoperability of electronic health records. In particular EuroRec is the scientific lead for the Network of Excellence on semantic interoperability, as well as a partner in projects dealing with interoperability for patient summaries, EHRs, pharmacovigilance and clinical research. EuroRec staff play world leading roles in the development of EHR interoperability standards through CEN and ISO.
EuroRec is organised as a permanent network of National ProRec centres and provides services to industry (developers and vendors), healthcare providers (buyers), policy makers and patients. One of its main missions is to support the development of EHR systems quality labelling and certification. EuroRec has developed a repository of +1700 validated functional quality criteria for EHR systems, categorised, indexed and translated in 19 European languages as well as a series of tools for using these criteria in the context of quality labelling/certification, procurement and product documentation. EuroRec has published seals to initiate the harmonisation of EHR-systems, supporting the cross-border interoperability of those systems within Europe.

European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA)

EUREGHA is a network of 14 European Regional and Local Health Authorities focused on public health, which was created on January 30th 2006 according to an opinion of the Committee of the Regions’ regarding patient mobility and open coordination on health quality care. In addition to the 14 Full Members, EUREGHA has over 70 regions as Platform Members, a diverse and vast contacts’ database with which the network liaise on a regular basis. EUREGHA is a legally established non-for-profit organisation with a permanent Secretariat in Brussels and has become a privileged interlocutor for the EU institutions and other stakeholders.  EUREGHA’s vision is to ensure that the local and regional perspective is represented in EU health policy. EUREGHA is the only European network that represents regional and local health authorities as a priority, and understands their specific needs. EUREGHA’s members are committed to working towards strengthening the voice of local and regional authorities in EU health policy. EUREGHA’s mission is to bring regional and local health authorities together, as a means to improve health policy in Europe. By doing so, EUREGHA also establishes and promotes collaboration between its members, the institutions of the European Union and with pan European health networks and organisations working with public health and health care. EUREGHA aims to create synergies between regional and local authorities and EU stakeholders in the field of health issues with a very simple but important focus: Working together for more sustainable and efficient health care systems.