Name: EIP on AHA

Full name: European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA)

Description: The Partnership was created under the umbrella of the “Europe 2020 Strategy”, which along with its flagship initiative Innovation for Union, aim to address the major challenges of society, such as Active and Health Ageing. This is one of the first initiatives undertaken at European and Global level in this field.

The Association considers “Active and Healthy Ageing” to be a process which contributes to optimise the opportunities generated by health, participation as well as social and health systems to improve the quality of life of people and towards active and healthy ageing.

As a result, innovation of services and products becomes a challenge, a commitment to the development and generation of knowledge and enhancement of supply and demand integration. It involves efficient, cost-effective and evidence-based solutions.

The Partnership is led by a Management Team made up of 30 of the most influential interested partners in Europe from supply and demand sides.

Objective: Increase the average healthy lifespan in the EU by two years by 2020. To do so, the strategy is based on a “triple win”:

  • Improving the health state and quality of life of European citizens, with a particular focus on the elderly;
  • Supporting the long-term sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems; and
  • Improving the competitiveness of EU industries by creating a better business environment that forms the basis for growth and expansion into new markets.

Specific objectives:

  • Increasing users’ participation in Research, Innovation and self-care;
  • Improving communication and cooperation between different health sector parties (between levels) and between health care, social care and other services (between sectors) taking part in continuity of care;
  • Fostering health prevention and promotion;
  • Reducing fragmentation of healthcare systems;
  • Lowering financial barriers to access appropriate social and health services;
  • Boosting interoperability of information and communication tools; and
  • Contributing to generating flexible, suitable and adaptable legislation for the current situation.

Methodology – Priority Areas

EIP on AHA has defined different Action Plans which are included in three pillars and horizontal actions.

PILLAR 1: Prevention, detection and early diagnosis  

There are three priority areas with the following aims:

  • To improve the efficacy of clinical outcomes by improving health literacy, empowering patients, ethics and adherence programmes.
  • To produce innovation in personal health management by way of validated programmes and best practices for early diagnosis and preventive measures, including health promotion.
  • To implement integrated programmes for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of both physical and cognitive functional decline in the elderly.

The following Action Plans are part of this pillar:

  • A1 “Regional Action for Prescription and Adherence”
  • A2 “Personal health management by way of a fall-prevention initiative”
  • A3 “Action to prevent functional deterioration and frailty”

PILLAR 2: Attention and care

There are three priority areas with the following aims:

  • To disseminate and put into practice, as applicable, protocols, education and training programmes for healthcare professionals, care staff and informal carers/family members for an integrated case management in frailty, multimorbidity and telemonitoring;
  • To manage multi-morbidity cases, with new care models and personalised care plans aimed at a series of chronic diseases; and
  • To reduce the number of avoidable hospitalisations of elderly people with chronic diseases by way of integrated care programmes and management models for the improved efficiency of health systems.

The following Action Plan is part of this pillar:

  • B3. “Replication and tutoring of integrated care for chronic diseases at a regional level, including telemonitoring”

PILLAR 3: Active ageing and independent life

Three priority areas are specified with the following aims:

  • Supporting people with cognitive impairment at home through innovative solutions and social-economic evidence on viable business models for investment and innovation;
  • Improving the roll-out and adoption of independent, interoperable living solutions based on open standards;
  • Supporting the social integration of the elderly by replicating validated solutions and applying viable funding models for investment and innovation.

The following Action Plan is part of the pillar:

  • “Development of interoperable independent living solution, including business model guidelines”


Horizontal Actions include regulatory terms and conditions as well as standards on age-friendly solutions, funding, evidence, references and an innovation repository. In addition, a website called “Marketplace” was also created to facilitate cooperation between interested parties.

The following are part of this group:

  • “Innovation for creating age-friendly buildings, cities and environments”



Projects and initiatives related to the development, promotion or implementation of innovative solutions for active and health ageing, deployed in the last three years in the region healthcare system.

These projects shall contribute and be aligned with the aims and Action Plans defined in the EIP on AHA, as well as the actions identified in the Strategic Implementation Plan defined by EIP on AHA in 2011.

Commitments shall be based on existing activities or on activities to be launched in the near future.

In 2016, a new call to update and submit Good Practices implemented in the region was launched. Kronikgune representing the The Basque Country Health Department renewed and updated 21 Commitments. The Basque Country has in total 28 Commitments approved which are the following: 



*In black are indicated the commitments obtained by Kronikgune

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