World Health Organization, in collaboration with the Health & Care Cluster funded by the European Commission will be organizing a webinar series on digital and assistive technologies for ageing.
The first webinar on 21 May 2021 brought together ten largescale demonstrator projects funded by the European Commission to show how a wide range of digital and assistive technologies can be used together to enhance smart and healthy ageing in communities across diverse European contexts.
Researchers and digital experts shared their experience in long term co-design in ageing and large-scale digital health projects, underlying the importance of the human component in the designing, deployment and assessment of assistive technologies and digital solutions.
The presentations shared the vision of research and innovation in the field of health and care, and highlighted some practical steps to achieve the real commitment of decision-makers in the process. Recent examples of pilots amidst COVID-led restrictions showed the relevance of interoperable technologies to provide tailored and timely solutions to users.
Informed discussion focused on technical choices around key performance indicators, service sustainability, services’ innovation, users‘ personas and pilots of pilots methodology to promote services matching individual needs.
WHO work on digital and assistive technologies
WHO launched the Digital and Assistive Technologies for Ageing (DATA) to encourage the development, synthesis, and use of solutions that promote access to affordable, quality, digital and assistive technologies for people with impairment or decline in physical or mental capacity, with a particular focus on older people.
Within WHO, DATA brings together perspectives from a number of different departments; including Ageing and Life Course, Digital Health and Innovation, Health Systems and Service Provision, and Health Products, and Policy and Standards. Working with service providers and users, industry, and civil society, DATA will span boundaries to produce more integrated and cohesive services for older people.
If you are interested in exchanging information, sharing knowledge on latest research and contribute to discussion around enabling environment on digital and emerging assistive technologies for ageing they invite you to join the DATA community. The initiative builds on the successful WHO Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) and healthy ageing initiatives, and similarly will be applicable low-income, middle-income, and high-income contexts.