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Lively discussions at the second meeting of the INDEPENDENT Advisory Board

The INDEPENDENT Advisory Board met on 22 November in Eindhoven, one day before the European conference “Beyond Silos - The Why and How of ICT in Integrated Care Service Provision”.


The INDEPENDENT Advisory Board met on 22 November in Eindhoven, one day before the European conference “Beyond Silos - The Why and How of ICT in Integrated Care Service Provision”. 

After a short introduction given by Lutz Kubitschke from empirica, discussions arose around the diversity of existing social care and healthcare systems and thus a huge diversity across countries when it comes to the type and nature of care services/pathways and third sector support which are today available to older people. In INDEPENDENT, each pilot site has developed a clear initial focus on one or more relevant components of a generic INDEPENDENT overall service model. These are addressed by the sites in developing their digital support infrastructure in line with the INDEPENDENT service oriented architecture.

Another topic of interest was the call from some advisory members to better exploit data derived from existing telecare or telehealth applications and issues around data protection were controversially discussed in that regard. 

The meeting was the second meeting of the two advisory boards set up in INDEPENDENT: The User Advisory Board focuses primarily on bringing the perspective of user representatives to bear on the project. The second board, entitled Public Policy and Ethics Advisory Board, aims at involving experts on policy and ethics-related aspects in INDEPENDENT. The members of the board act both as advisors and quality assurance to the project and as liaison to the European and national level through their organisation and networks. To be able to do this, the members are invited to attend regular face-to-face meetings, receive regular updates on the project results and are invited to give their comments and input on project results.