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Digital Health Friesland (Netherlands) Ecosystem
In 2007 GEEF (ECH Alliance name Digital Health Friesland (Netherlands) Ecosystem, in short DHFE) was founded. Its major goal: Independent Aging with Health Smart Homes Technologies (HSHT).
DHFE is a network organization and supports its participants to successfully implement innovative home automation (HSHT), Smart Home technologies and e-health.
DHFE activates its participants to cooperate in common issues concerning independent aging: together we can achieve more.
DHFE does research, collects data, initiates (pilot) projects that can be shared by all participants and spreads its knowledge.
All 16+ participating organizations work in the fields of public housing, health care, health insurance, local authorities and education (schools) in Friesland. The coverage in the province of Friesland is close to 80%. This enables a total of 650,000 Frisian inhabitants to fully benefit from unfolding DHFE initiatives and activities.
As an independent professional party DHFE can give solicited and unsolicited counsel and publicize about its projects and interventions in the field of HSHT. Health Care Providers for instance facilitate elderly and all people around and close to them in this way.
Within its field of action Digital Health Friesland (Netherlands) Ecosystem, together with its participants, aims to develop, create and select fitting HSHT solutions to cope with todays and tomorrows challenges. By 2030 every inhabitant of Friesland should have access to Home Automations and e-Health in order to continue living at home safely and autonomously. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities perfectly states what DHFE wishes to undertake.
DHFE is looking for similar initiatives within Europe as to learn from one another, to share successful projects and to cooperate on new initiatives that concur with the unique structure and need of the Frisian community. Care providers home and abroad are challenged to join. DHFE wants proven solutions and subsequently upscale them within all participants.
How does Digital Health Friesland (Netherlands) Ecosytem realize its goals?
Each participant from the five sectors (housing, health care, insurance, local authorities and education) has its own core competence, strengths and weaknesses. When they cooperate within DHFE, they enforce their ability to deal with complex issues. Twice a year DHFE projects are evaluated and discussed. Projects are completed and new ones begun based on joint analysis. One of the participants supplies a project manager and the project is run by a minimum of two participants. When successful the project is being scaled up to all relevant participants.
A model project is Home Care Atlas (“Woonzorgatlas”), a survey of all existing real estate, social housing and private dwellings suitable for elderly in need for protected living or in need of care. Combined with other data, this survey supplies basic information necessary to develop accurate plans for the sectors of real estate and care to implement HSHT. In 2014 four DHFE participants started this project. Within a year all twelve Frisian housing corporations have joined. Implementation is imminent.
DHFE runs a model apartment of 90 m2, House of the Present with living, bedroom and bathroom. It shows the latest applied innovations of HSHT products and services. Year around there are about 1500 visitors. Students, staff and elderly can experience a good many solutions that sustain and prolong independent aging. Everett Rogers’ theory of ‘diffusion of innovations’ within a human network, is effectively put into practice here. The ‘House of the Present’ is a firm base to numerous DHFE projects.
Together with commerce and industry DHFE highlights the tested HSHT solutions and informs participants and their customers about the results by means of meetings, documentation and e-learning modules that reach thousands of health care professionals.
DHFE encourages awareness and sharing of knowledge by means of website, newsletters, master classes, symposia and a 4 year information campaign. This helps the inhabitants of Friesland to become familiar with solutions to grow old within their own house and environment. DHFE’s know-how is easily accessible to both clients and (health care) professionals. It includes up-to-date information on important themes such as privacy, rules and regulations and affordability.
All in all, these activities make up DHFE’s ‘Living Lab’ a solid base to further develop, test and spread knowhow of HSHT, Smart Homes, assistive technologies and eHealth.