Since the invention of the term "Open Innovation" by Henry Chesbrough (Univ. of Berkeley), this concept has been a reality supported by numerous initiatives and actors. These knowledge and also the technical and financial induction devices are present in SUDOE territory. Nevertheless, their use in the health and social sectors remains challenging with a visible lack of integrated initiatives that attempt to implement the concept.
e-Resater develops new health and social approaches based on open innovation (networking, co-production of solutions, adaption of the use of ICT solutions) with the creation of a network of knowledge in the health and social sector. This open innovation process integrates professionals (medical and social actors, health authorities), economic (companies, clusters), and scientific stakeholders of reference (R&D+I centers, experts). Open innovation contributes jointly with other innovative methodologies for the development of health and social practices, and to formalize a commercial offering that meets the user’s needs.
The open innovation concept focused in e-Resater aims to stimulate the adjustment between supply and demand concerning e-Health and e-Inclusion services and products, and also the development of services, facilitating the competitive and adapted innovation, development and supply.
 Docherty, M. (2006) Primer on open innovation: Principles and practice, PDMA Visions, Nr. 2, pp 13-17