e-Health & e-Inclusion

"Over the past decade, many Information Society strategies have emerged in Europe, such as eEurope (1999), i2010 (2005) and Digital Agenda for Europe (2010). eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion are the three policy sub-domains comprising the societal public services pillar which is the backbone of all such strategic frameworks. Given the emphasis that the new overarching EU2020 Strategy places on tackling grand societal challenges and turning them into economic opportunities, the relevance of these three domains is greater today than in the past.”

European Journal of ePractice no. 15, 14 March 2012

Delivery of eHealth and eInclusion services is a topic that has already been addressed. Nevertheless, these concepts remain current and increasingly recognized as future sources for social and health services pushed forward by a crisis, an observed need, or a disruptive technology. e-Health, e-Inclusion and furthermore e-Government are three concepts that cannot be separated. They facilitate the deployment of reliable infrastructures to run life critical services using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and different channels available for the inclusion of people who live in remote places.

e-Resater members can be seen as an eHealth and eInclusion Cluster wishing to go further than the conventional innovation answers for the third sector, specifically to social and health services. The main actions are targeted to the integration of solutions focusing on the elderly and people with mental impairment that live in disadvantaged environments, increasing their independence, well-being and quality of life.

VITLAB platform facilitates the collaborative intervention between the different stakeholders of the e-Health and e-Inclusion value chain helping to strengthen new partnerships.