As a result of the Call for Reference sites launched in December 2015 by the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, a total of 74 regional and local organisations have been awarded "Reference site" status. Medical Delta was awarded a three star Reference site status.
The title of "Reference site" means that regional alliances – that encompass government authorities, industry and start-ups, research organisations and civil society – are recognised for demonstrating excellence in the implementation and scaling up of the most innovative products and services designed to meet the needs of their ageing populations.
Together the 74 regions have committed to invest over € 4 billion in the next three years in the deployment and scaling up of digital innovation for active and healthy ageing (AHA).
Targeting the digitally-enabled services in digital health and connected care, this investment is expected to benefit over 5 million people in the next 3 years. It will also lay the foundations for a scalable EU market for digital innovation services and products meeting the needs of Europe's ageing population and their carers.
About the Reference sites of the EIP on AHA
The Reference sites network was initially established in 2013 as part of the EIP on AHA. Over 3 years the network of Reference sites has doubled in size, as more regions recognise the benefits of investing in digital innovation for active and healthy ageing. Increasingly, public authorities look to digitally-enabled solutions to sustain access to and deliver on quality health and care to an ageing population, and to address the increased pressure on public health and care spending. In doing so, they contribute to a thriving market for active and healthy ageing products and services, where dynamic European industry and SMEs can grow.
See the full list of Reference sites. Or meet them on 5-8 December 2016 at the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing.