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What has been achieved so far and what happens next?

Each pilot follows a step by step process which is divided into three phases, as shown below.


The first phase – which is about to be completed - focuses on analysing and documenting user and service provider requirements for all INDEPENDENT services, followed by the generation of a set of appropriate use cases, examples of how the services will be used, for each.

The INDEPENDENT services are adapted to the specific circumstances prevailing at the individual pilot sites, e.g. respecting differences in legal and regulatory frameworks and provision of health and care services. To adequately cater for the particular circumstances prevailing at each site, each site has identified a clear initial focus on one or more of the relevant issues to be addressed when developing their digital support  infrastructure. This is done in line with the INDEPENDENT approach and thus improves support service delivery.

The second phase focuses on iterative service modelling and technical specification work, including prototype testing. Finally, a third phase will move on to onsite testing of all INDEPENDENT services i.e. after completion of pilot site preparation, delivery of pilot operation and the evaluation finalises project activity.

Throughout the entire project duration, INDEPENDENT draws on the expertise of two advisory boards, the Public Policy & Ethics Advisory Board (PPEAB) and a User Advisory Board (UAB). Whereas the UAB advises the project and provides input on user related aspects in particular, the PPEAB oversees project delivery in  dealing with aspects of exploitation and ethical issues.