ehcoBUTLER - e-Health Project for mental health promotion

A global ecosystem for the independent and healty living of elder people with mild cognitive impairments.
Project Duration: 
01/01/2015 to 12/31/2017
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Project Partners: 
Telefonica (ES)
INTRAS Foundation (ES)
Idea SL (ES)
National Foundation for the Elderly (NL)
Aima Napoli Onlus Association (IT)
Mobili (SL)
E-Seniors Association (FR)
Clalit Health Services (ISR)
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Project Context: 
ehcoBUTLER is a patient-centric health and social care ICT solution that will allow patients themselves, their families and caregivers to interpret and enhance patient’s psychological status and lifestyle. ehcoBUTLER is a 3 years project with €3.6 million of budget, co-funded by European Commission with €2.9 million, to be carried out by a multinational consortium composed of 13 members. During the project frame, the ehcoBUTLER platform will be tested for 20 months in 5 EU28 Member States (The Netherlands, Spain, Greece, France, Italy), 1 Candidate Country (Serbia) and 1 Associated Country (Israel), with more than 1,000 patients involved.
Project Objectives: 
• 5% increase of Quality of Life of the elderly persons delaying the advancement of cognitive diseases, promoting their wellbeing and improving their emotional state;
• A significant reduction of the healthcare system costs and an improvement of care process efficiency;
• A self-sustainable health and social care ICT solution and service model with and high scalability potential across Europe.
Project Actions: 
Project Management
Ergonomics and Human Factors requirements and pilot planning
Design and development of ehcoBUTLER platform and common modules
Apps development for ehcoBUTLER
Pilots Execution
Evaluation & Exploitation / Industrial Exploitation and Marketing Plan

ehcoBUTLER addresses the ageing challenge by developing an innovative ICT technological platform with both leisure and care apps. ehcoBUTLER platform enables information sharing about elder’s physical, social and mental health status with family members, close relatives, caregivers and even social care professionals, developing unobtrusive monitoring system and offering to the elders, their parents and health and social care actors a user friendly interface, able to recognize older individual’s psychological status and lifestyle.

The overall objective of the project is to achieve an improvement in the health and social care of elderly people with cognitive impairments. 

In fact, elder people suffering from cognitive decline often are not able to report consistently on their emotional and physical wellbeing, or keep track of their medication, treatment, appointments with the care and cure professionals and caring family, friends and neighbours. The ICT-platform aims to fill that gap.

The development and implementation of the ehcoBUTLER solution will take three years, from the 1st of January 2015 till the end of 2017. An early prototype of the ehcoBUTLER platform, expected by the end of 2015, will show the socio-economic benefits and potential ROI of the solution in 7 countries (The Netherlands, Spain, Greece, France, Italy, Serbia and Israel). ehcoBUTLER pilots will involve citizens experiencing a slight decline in cognitive abilities, but still in relatively good health and able to perform activities of daily living independently (they live at home and they can use ICT-tools). Overall testing phase will have a duration of 20 months and it will involve more than 1,000 users, applying the tool to four different business models: Public Care Services, Elder Care Centers Services, Home Care Services and Telecare & TeleHealth Services.

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INTRAS Foundation (Spain)

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