AAL Forum 2018

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This year’s Forum is entitled AGEING WELL IN THE DIGITAL AGE: A growing community of change makers and brings together local actors, such as municipalities, provinces, regions and health and social care providers to meet and engage with the SMEs and the industry that are currently conceiving the digital technology that will be used tomorrow.

Together with all participants, the aim is to enhance this community of change makers to design more cost-effective systems for building together the services to serve our ageing society.

Johanna Plattner, Junior Researcher of the Research Unit AAL, is presenting a poster in the context of the project Smart VitAALity entitled Aiming for a Market Success – Interlinked Aspects of Anchoring an AAL-Solution. Futher information is available here.

„Aiming for a market success” should probably be the slogan for all AAL-projects with the target of creating a solution to support independent and high-quality living for older adults. Focus on a successful and sustainable economic strategy in the earliest stages of the project and even before is the essential prerequisite for the subsequent market launch of the final product and services.
Following the quadruple helix approach, the project Smart VitAALity – Carinthian Pilot Region for AAL and Smart Living Technologies, was conceived to create shared values and benefits by including the views of all dimensions of the quadruple helix (government, industry, academia and civil participants) – from the scratch up to a marketable product. In order to add value for the target group, the developed AAL-System aims at enhancing the quality of life by implementing interdependent interventions in the domains “health” and “social participation”. Alongside all technical components, a strong focus is set on associated services to encourage self-assessment, foster awareness and raise empowerment of the users. This is accompanied by an extensive theory-driven evaluation model including analysis of acceptance, usage, impact on correlated domains of subjective Quality of Life and the socio-economic potential of the solution, all together to create a base for its successful establishment on the market with a view on the public health care system and its regular financing mechanisms. Although the project is still in the field-test phase, based on included components and services, a preliminary exploitation strategy proposing several demand-based concepts was conceived within the interdisciplinary consortium. The project Smart VitAALity is co-financed through Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) by the Austrian Research promotion Agency (FFG) within the programme benefit (grant no. 858380), http://www.smart-vitaality.at.

The full programme of the AAL Forum 2018 is available here.

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