Bioef, partner, and Kronikgune, stakeholder, alongside other organisations, are representing the Basque Country in this project.

ITHACA (InnovaTion in Health And Care for All) aims to share experiences and good practices in smart innovation in health and care, to promote the population’s active and healthy ageing. ITHACA is funded by the Interreg Europe Programme, in which nine EU regions are taking part. The project’s budget is €2,263,144 and will last 60 months.

Its key aim is to improve regional policies to support the ecosystem (public authorities, industry, academia and society) to create knowledge and deploy innovative health and care solutions to benefit European citizens. ITHACA also aims to do the following:

  • Design a tool to evaluate regional policies and ecosystems in connection with the innovation cycle.
  • Create a framework strategy for the development and improvement of regional policies and programmes based on evidence and co-design methodologies.
  • Define nine regional action plans to facilitate the implementation of regional policy tools.

The Liverpool region hosted the consortium’s second event from 3 to 5 April. During this event attendees exchanged experiences and carried out an evaluation to highlight lessons they have learnt and to suggest improvements (Peer Evaluation – EEPE).

Over two days the members of the project were able to get to know the strategy and political context of the Liverpool region regarding innovation. They also explored in depth several different innovative collaboration and co-creation experiences, as well as eHealth cluster activities and specific examples of smart health and care solutions (apps, serious games, analytical tools, telehealth, etc.) created in this region.

The consortium’s meeting ended with a session in which attendees shared with the team the conclusions of the evaluation conducted during the exchange. The aim was to highlight the most innovative practices and with the highest impact, and to share specific recommendations to improve them. .

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