Empowerment of Disabled people through the User Co-production of Assistive Technology
Priority AxisTechnological and Social Innovation
Project budget2 997 871 €
ERDF amount1 798 722 €
The first challenge is to develop, through the use of information and communication technologies, innovative products and services that ensure three criteria are met: usability by a large number of end-users, acceptance and long term use.
The second challenge is to demonstrate the potential of the products and facilitate their uptake on the market.
Both challenges will be addressed using a bottom-up approach, called co-production where the active participation of end-users (disabled/elderly people, caregivers), health professionals, researchers and companies is essential.
The project objective is to develop and deliver embedded hardware and software devices in the health sector using a bottom-up approach. The new Assistive Technologies (ATs) developed will be open, modular and able to adapt their assistance (or to be adapted by the user) to the user’s needs and give feedback to users in response to their needs.
The expected benefits are cost and time savings for companies (for developing technologies) and hospitals (for care) as well as a higher efficiency of use of the technology, and better quality of life for disabled people.
Innovative pilots, developed using a bottom-up approach, based on a new open modular adaptive framework to plug in different apps and sensors, for 1) improved rehabilitation and 2) greater independence.
A feasibility study researching better diagnosis possibilities by analysing data collected by apps and sensors connected to the framework.
Interactive e-platform with two parts: a part for the stakeholders with whom we will actively collaborate to develop the technologies by bottom-up approach, and a part for SMEs (technological transfer) and hospitals (more effective care for their patients).
Cross border approach
Different approaches by health authorities across the 2Seas region regarding the supply of assistive technologies lead to variation in care. Certain industries have well defined standards within which they operate, however the assistive technology health care field is relatively new and presents unique challenges. Current and past research has shown that these challenges are common across borders. Sharing our different points of view based on varying cultures and backgrounds is very useful to co-elaborate new assistive technology and to find the best solutions for all stakeholders.
The University of Kent
East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Voka – Kamer van Koophandel Oost-Vlaanderen
Sussex Community NHS Trust
Centre d'expertise et de Ressources Nouvelles Technologies & communication APF
Kent Acquired Brain Injury Forum (KABIF)
ESIGELEC (Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs)
Sir William Beveridge Foundation (SWBF)