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‘PHS Foresight’ Project

This FP7 project ‘Personal Health Systems Foresight’ is a support action which coordinates strategic stakeholder engagements in the realm of Personal Health Systems (PHS) within and beyond European Union up to 2030. The project expands across different PHS areas of application such as chronic disease management, life-style management, independent living and emergency services. PHS assist in the provision of continuous, quality controlled and personalised health services to empowered individuals regardless of location. PHS provides a horizontal development area across variety of patients, clinical specialties, technology fields and health services. Hence, the development of PHS requires and can mobilize the emergence of novel cross-disciplinary and -sectoral innovation partnerships.

With this project we want:

  • to achieve a deeper understanding of mismatches between the potential of PHS and
    current policy and innovation initiatives and framework conditions;
  • to support more mobilized and networked innovation communities, promoting PHS around jointly formulated issues which support pooling resources and streamlining diverse innovation initiatives;
  • to tackle future opportunities and alternative trajectories, aligning actor perspectives for the development of a joint strategic action plan, including recommendations for a possible new European Innovation Partnership (EIP);
  • to achieve a transparent, open and inclusive engagement of stakeholders, and targeted dissemination of results in society.

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Project Consortium

Impetu Solutions (IMPETU)

Impetu Solutions is a privately owned knowledge intensive service company registered in Madrid (Spain). The company creates value with its stakeholders by combining research and consulting on innovation, foresight and strategy with advanced web based technologies.

Its key personal has a long track-record in numerous ICT R&D and research projects on foresight and innovation, for instance the most recently ‘e-Health: Towards Integrated Hospital Information Systems in Spain‘, ‘Grand Challenges in Research Funding’ for the Finnish Academy; ‘Innovation capacity in Antofagasta Region (Chile)’ for CICITEM & VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland; FP7 Era.Net RUS, Foresight process supporting joint programming in the ERA-NET among Member states and Russia; FP7 EFP European Foresight Platform, supporting forward looking decision making; FP6 and FP7, WBC-INCO.NET, Co-ordination of Research Policies with the Western Balkan Countries; FP7 IMS2020, Scenario and Roadmapping process for Supporting Global Research for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) 2020 Vision; FP7 SESTI, ‘Scanning for Emerging Science and Technology Issues’, Facing the Future, a horizon scanning project for BEPA, ‘New wave of KICs’ for EIT. The experts of Impetu Solutions have run numerous foresight and innovation management and policy training workshops and courses for instance in connection with the FOR-LEARN, JRC Enlargement Activities in cooperation with UNIDO, Bled Forum, Comillas Pontifical University, IE Business School, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre.

Impetu Solutions leads the WP2: ‘Stakeholder networking and future innovations’ and WP5: ‘Outreach and dissemination’ and contributes to other WPs.

The IMPETU Team consists of:

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    Laura Pombo Juárez

    Bio Ms. Laura Pombo-Juárez is Director at Impetu Solutions. She holds Executive MBA from IE Business School, one of the top business schools in the world, and the degree of Superior Engineer in Computer Science from the renowned Antonio Nebrija University. She has extensive managerial experience as Director, Key Account Manager, Engineer and Consultant in the ICT sector, for instance in: Afianza Telecomunicaciones, Impetu Solutions, InterSystems, Sadiel (today Ayesa), Sun Microsystems (today Oracle) and Telefónica. She possesses a long track record in business development and the portfolio project management of technology development projects. She has been active contributor in health RDI projects improving the interoperability of health systems and exploring the future opportunities of personal health systems, family welfare and personalised health care (AAL, HIS, mHealth, PHS and telemedicine). She has recently been responsible of a number of health research projects such as ‘e-Health: Towards Integrated Hospital Information Systems’, ‘Advanced GRID Computing in Biomedical Engineering’ and ‘Interoperability Solutions to Hospital Information Systems (HIS) for private and public hospitals’.

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    Totti Könnölä

    Bio Dr. Totti Könnölä is senior researcher and CEO of Impetu Solutions. He is also Adj. Prof. on Operations in IE Business School and Ass. Prof. on Ind. Policy and Tech. in ICAI UP Comillas. He holds Dr.Tech and Lic.Tech in Operations Research and MSc. in Env. Econ. He has held various senior consulting, research and policy advisory positions, in particular in European Commission JRC-IPTS, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Helsinki University of Technology, IE Business School and private consultancies.

Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

The Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) is Austria’s leading applied public research organisation with about 1000 employees. AIT is focusing in its research on key infrastructure issues and knowledge development for the future. AIT comprises five independent research departments (Foresight & Policy Development, Safety & Security, Transport and Energy, Health & Environment). The Department Foresight & Policy Development (F&PD) builds on expertise in policy oriented analysis and research in different policy areas, innovation policy, security policy, infrastructure policy. It concentrates on the development of novel approaches in policy-oriented research, building on a broad range of systems and future research concepts and applying them. Operating at the interface between science and policy, the department advises Austrian government and European institutions.
An inter-disciplinary team of about 150 scientists and engineers work at the Safety & Security Department on future-oriented technologies along with innovative procedures and sophisticated processes fostering research, development and roll-out of national and international ICT-infrastructures. Safety & Security are the two important aspects of ever-increasing relevance for today’s citizens, which will also take centre stage in the information society of tomorrow. Safety is in this case related to technologies and refers to the personal safety of individuals, which is directly or indirectly dependent on the proper functioning or availability of an information processing and/or autonomous system. Security rather refers to the protection of information and the prevention of any potential violation through unauthorized access to or alteration of personal information. Security may also refer to classical security techniques (surveillance) that are supported by information technology. AIT is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485 certified.
The eHealth business field of the Safety & Security Department has comprehensive experience in the healthcare and the biomedical/translational research domain as well as in infrastructure, tools and skills for the design, development and operation of ICT for health infrastructures – from rapid prototyping through feasibility studies to clinical trials and ICT applications for routine clinical use. The inter-disciplinary team of scientist and engineers has been a key partner in a number of FP6 and FP7 projects (SIOPEN-R-NET, CARE-MAN, RegIonCo, iStoppFalls, FoSIBLE, ENVIROFI, ENCCA).

AIT leads WPs on The state-of-the-art, key challenges and policy responses (WP1); Strategic plan for the coordination of future developments (WP4); and Management (WP6)  and  is a contributor to other WPs.

The AIT Team consists of:

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    Doris Schartinger

    Bio Doris Schartinger graduated in economics and works as a scientist at the AIT, Department for Foresight and Policy Development. The primary focus of her research is technological change and economic development. Her work concentrated on inter-organisational collaboration, in particular science-industry relations and their implications for learning and innovation, public-private partnerships in innovation networks, and innovations in the health service sector. More recently, she has worked on the topic of innovation in the service economy and the role of ICT therein.

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    Guenter SCHREIER

    Bio Günter Schreier received the doctoral and Habilitation degrees in electrical engineer-ing/biomedical informatics from the Graz University of Technology and the MSc degree in Communications and Management from the Danube University in Krems, Austria. Following positions in research and industry, he is currently a Senior Scientist with the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH. Dr. Schreier is currently the Secretary General of the Austrian Society of Biomedical Engineering and chairs the working group “Medical Informatics and eHealth” of the Austrian Computer Society. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific publications and presentations, teaches at three Universities in Austria and serves as the founder and president of the annual scientific conference on “Health informatics meets eHealth” in Vienna. His areas of expertise and research interests are in biomedical informatics, mHealth and telemedicine.

The University of Manchester (UNIMAN)

UNIMAN has over 50 staff and approximately 40 PhD students and builds upon over forty years of research on innovation management and policy. It undertakes management and policy research, fundamental research, and consultancy on innovation dynamics in knowledge-based economies. The Institute conducts academically-driven research through a wide range of UK Research Council projects, FP7 projects and other responsive mode projects.  This academic research has been combined with contract research for and engagement with a whole range of regional bodies, national ministries and foundations, foreign ministries in European and extra-European countries and international policy bodies, such as the European Commission, OECD and UNIDO and UNCTAD.

The research and engagement activities are organised in six thematic areas: Technology strategy and innovation management; Services and organisational innovation; Science, innovation policy and strategic intelligence; Innovation and sustainability; Innovation, innovation systems and economic development; and Innovation Futures (Foresight). Against this background, UNIMAN has conducted extensive academic policy analysis as well as concrete evaluations of policy schemes. The Institute has developed and utilised approaches in evolutionary economics, industrial ecologies and innovation systems.
UNIMAN has a proven ability to conduct large scale, complex projects, in terms of intellectual breadth and rigour, practical relevance, technical abilities (IT support etc.) and administrative management.

UNIMAN leads the WP3: Scenarios and Joint Visions and contributes to other WPs.

The UNIMAN Team consists of:

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    Effie Amanatidou

    Bio Effie Amanatidou joined the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research as a full-time researcher in November 2011. Her first degree is in Applied Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). She also has an MSc in Technical Change and Industrial Strategy (1996) and a PhD in foresight evaluation (2011) from the University of Manchester / MIoIR. Effie Amanatidou has more than 15 years of experience in research and innovation policy analysis including in particular foresight studies and evaluation / impact assessment of research policies and programmes. During this time she has closely collaborated with a number of European Commission and Members States’ policy-makers, distinguished researchers and corporate managers. Effie Amanatidou has been invited in several conferences as speaker and published in a number of scientific journals.


The project aims at breaking down “silo’s”, bringing together all relevant stakeholders across policies, across sectors and across borders to speed up PHS innovations that address societal needs, and gain competitive advantages for growth and job creation in Europe. The project runs for two years starting on September 1st, 2012 and its duration is in total 24 months, consisting of the following work packages:

  • WP 1 The state-of-the-art, key challenges and policy responses (AIT): We examine the PHS research, innovation and policy areas to attain deeper understanding of mismatches between the potential of, and need for, PHS, and current policy and innovation initiatives and framework conditions. The thorough analyses are conducted based on the extensive use of available databases and project documentations, specialized publications on the regional, national and international level. The analysis extends beyond our established relations key initiatives are mapped and contacted systematically to overcome fragmentation and establish collaboration.
  • WP 2 Stakeholder networking and future innovations (IMPETU): Stakeholders will be engaged by online activities. The project website is deployed for launching a structured and systematic online consultation process with multiple phases to generate and cluster ideas on innovation issues and societal demands. The ideas and activities will be analysed (e.g. SNA and MCA approaches) to identify issues with high potential for new breakthroughs and adoption in the market.
  • WP 3 Scenarios and Joint Vision (UNIMAN): Following further appraisal of existing scenario studies, and drawing on inputs from WP1 and WP2, a scenario workshop and a joint vision and stakeholder workshop will be held on the one hand, to elaborate scenarios that capture major alternatives and uncertainties in PHS development and on the other hand, as a foundation for building a strategic action plan for PHS cooperation and partnerships in Europe. Scenarios may be differentiated in terms of patient role, service relationship, technology platforms and standards, service system organization, and target markets and conditions, for instance. A common vision of desirable future pathways for Europe will be built on this appraisal.
  • WP 4 Strategic plan for the coordination of future developments (AIT): A strategic plan for coordination of future PHS innovation activities is developed in close collaboration with other key PHS related European and international initiatives. Attention is paid to streamlining different initiatives and establish basis for further cooperation. A strategic plan for future developments in PHS is prepared which consists of the assessment on the possible EIP in the area.
  • WP 5 Outreach and dissemination (IMPETU): In addition to the direct engagement of key stakeholders and produced deliverables in other WPs, this WP consists of dedicated tasks for enhancing transparent, open and inclusive engagement of stakeholders and targeted dissemination of results in society. For instance, the project website is launched and maintained to provide a common dissemination and social networking platform for online engagement in connection with different WPs.
  • WP 6 Management (AIT): The tasks particularly related to project management include monitoring and supervising the overall work progress and results and maintaining continuous communication with the European Commission. One member of all partners will be appointed as member of the Steering committee. The advisory board is established mirroring the guidelines for EIP coordination structure.

Project Specifications

Project full title: Personal Health Systems Foresight

Project acronym: PHS Foresight

Project ID: 305801

Type of funding scheme: Coordination and Support Action (Supporting)

Work programme topics addressed: HEALTH.2012.4.1-5: Preparing the future for health research and innovation.

Coordinating person: Dr. Susanne Giesecke, Austrian Institute of Technology, Department for Foresight and Policy Development

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