The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) [1] was launched in 2011 by the European Council, with the goal to coordinate the innovation opportunities for enhancing the quality of life as people age. One of the main specific actions around the EIP AHA is to Improve the uptake of interoperable ICT independent living solutions through global standards to help older people stay independent, mobile and active for longer”. This is where ReAAL comes to front. ReAAL is specifically targeting this item and, hence, will be a key contributor to the action “C2: Development of interoperable independent living solutions, including guidelines for business models” [2] in the Strategic Implementation Plan of EIP-AHA.

In fact, the objective 3.2 of the CIP ICT PSP Call 6 in 2012, from which the ReAAL project resulted, aimed at supporting the C2 action of EIP-AHA in topics related to interoperability standards and open platforms. The C2 action plan is indeed synchronized with the project plan of ReAAL, and ReAAL outputs and deliverables are directly used as C2 deliverables.

The operational plan of EIP-AHA complains that existing solutions are “largely proprietary, based on single provider design” that “cannot be easily adapted to multiple and changing users' and organizational needs”. ReAAL will allay these concerns by (1) building on interoperability standards that support the emergence of adaptable multi-vendor solutions and (2) delivering the evidence of the positive socio-economic, market, and quality-of-life impacts of common open platforms that facilitate the development of affordable and flexible ICT solutions in support of an active and independent living.

As an example, the table below summarizes the relevance of ReAAL to the societal objectives of EIP-AHA:


Societal objective from EIP-AHA

ReAAL relevance

“Increase the average healthy lifespan by two years by 2020”

The impact of the concrete applications and services to be deployed at ReAAL´s pilot sites will be assessed and contributed to the overall assessments by EIP-AHA. In addition, with the promotion of a common open platform, ReAAL will allow SMEs to easier develop innovative technology (that help reaching this goal) and bring them into the market.

“Improve the uptake of interoperable ICT independent living solutions through global standards to help older people stay independent, mobile and active for longer.”

ReAAL strives to show the socio-economic value of open technology platforms and standards for European regions and European SMEs. The agreement of SMEs and regional authorities on common open platforms based on standards is the highway towards achieving this societal objective of EIP-AHA. 

“Innovative ways to ensure patients follow their prescriptions – a concerted action in at least 30 European regions”

Innovative solutions to prevent falls and support early diagnosis for older people.”

“Co-operation to help prevent functional decline and frailty, with a particular focus on malnutrition.”

These are examples of typical services that are being deployed in the ReAAL regions. ReAAL will bring evidence on the benefits for such services in adhering to open platforms and standards on a European level.  

“Spread and promote successful innovative integrated care models for chronic diseases amongst older patients, such as through remote monitoring. Action should be taken in a number of the EU’s regions”

Although this is very much an organizational challenge, ReAAL will provide the evidence on the technological foundation upon which such integrated care models can be implemented.        


Note: Joining EIP-AHA, especially its C2 action group, will certainly be one of the options for networking with ReAAL. Organizations that (have) commit(ted) to EIP-AHA will be very well informed about the status and impact of ReAAL and can liaise at the C2 meetings directly with the ReAAL partners Fraunhofer IGD, BSA, CNR-ISTI, SmH, TRIALOG, and UPM (see ReAAL consortium for links).


[1] EIP-AHA Website: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/eipaha/

[2] The C2 Homepage: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/eipaha/actiongroup/index/c2