PICASO and POLYCARE invite you to a workshop on e-health solutions for home hospitalisation and patient empowerment.

Are you a clinical worker, patient organisation, member of a self-help group or a developer of e-health solutions? Then join our workshop to exchange experiences and approaches for the provision of technology solutions that improve the cost effectiveness and sustainability of healthcare services.


The demand for remote provision of healthcare services has increased in recent years due to many factors, such as the rapid growth of the elderly population in the EU linked together with better quality-of-life standards. Cost-effectiveness of these services therefore becomes a top priority for European governments to improve the sustainability of the European healthcare systems. POLYCARE and PICASO are two running Horizon 2020 research projects, researching and developing different e-health solutions covering different aspects of integrated care.

The POLYCARE project aims to provide an integrated care system for chronic patients to achieve a high quality home hospitalisation environment. This is achieved through a set of customisable apps and a nonintrusive monitoring system, which obtains information about the patient’s vital signals. Through this system, a better collaboration between the different clinical actors is achieved, while at the same time the patient is empowered to manage her own health.

The PICASO project is developing an ICT platform to support a better coordination of care plans between different clinical institutions and care providers for people with comorbidities. PICASO aims to develop ICT platforms which meet this objective by supporting a continuum of care from hospitals and outpatient clinic to the home. The PICASO platform will enable the sharing of a patient’s complete care pathways with tools to establish health status, predict risks and adjust care. Based on monitoring of different physiological parameters at home, the patients can actively participate in their own care.

Topics of the workshop will include:

  • Integrated care for patients with multi-morbidities;
  • Acceptance and implementation of remote monitoring solutions at the patient’s home;
  • Improvement of patient empowerment through ICT applications;
  • Distributed ICT systems in the e-health sector;
  • Development and deployment of security layers within cloud solutions that guarantee privacy and safety of the patient data, while enabling the coordination of services between different clinical and care providers.

Location and dates

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT
Schloss Birlinghoven
53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany

Parallel to the workshop, live demos of running prototypes will be shown.

Preliminary agenda

Time Topic
08:30-09:30 Participant arrival and registration
09:30-09:40 Welcome by Carlos A Velasco, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT
09:40 – 10:00 POLYCARE: A Home hospitalization care platform to improve conditions of patients’ life, by Jose Ignacio Aznar Baranda, Everis Spain SL
10:00 – 10:20 FHIR-based e-health platforms to ensure interoperability of distributed services, by Yehya Mohamad, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT
10:20 – 10:45 Coffee break
Session 1: Integrated care and patient empowerment
10:45 – 11:00 Integrated care experiences at Barbastro, by Rosana Angles, Servicio Aragonés de Salud – Sector Sanitario de Barbastro
11:00 – 11:15 PICASO Platform for integrated care – Perspectives from clinicians at UDUS, by Jutta Richter, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
11.15 – 11.30 Usefulness of Clinician Dashboard in the integrated care: preliminary experience from the UNITOV trial, by Agostino Chiaravalloti, University of Rome “Tor Vergata” Hospital
11:30 – 11:45 Gamification as a patient empowerment approach, by Alexis Lacapelle, Interactive4D
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch break
12:45 – 13:00 Integrated care experiences at Bonn, by Nils Heiland, University Hospital Bonn
Session 2: Distributed and secure e-health solutions
13:00 – 13:15 A distributed e-health architecture supporting care plan coordination and management between different health providers, by Peter Rosengren, CNET Svenska AB
13:15 – 13:30 Implementing security throughout authentication and authorisation management, by Armanas Povilionis, Fondazione Universitaria INUIT Tor Vergata
13:30 – 13:45 Implementation and deployment of new e-health solutions within existing ICT infrastructures at healthcare organisations, by Modesto Sierra, Servicio Aragonés de Salud -Sector Sanitario de Barbastro
13:45 – 14:00 Ethical aspects and GDPR impact on innovative e-health solutions, by Trine F. Sørensen, In-JeT ApS and Paul Quinn, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
14:00 – 14:15 Coffee break
14:15 – 14:30 Clinician’s Perspective: Visualisation of integrated healthcare information and data about patient with comorbidities, by Marek Skokan, Technical University of Kosice
14:30 – 15:00 Podium discussion. Moderators: Rosana Angles, Jutta Richter, Jose Ignacio Aznar Baranda and Peter Rosengren
15:15 – 16:00 Networking session
16:00 – 17:00 Plenary, presentations of conclusions and closing of the workshop