The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) is part of the European Commission’s Innovation Union Strategy that aims to enhance European competitiveness and tackle societal challenges through research and innovation. The Innovative Union Strategy is one of the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives.
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing brings together stakeholders from diverse fields across Europe (research, healthcare, industries, etc.) to mobilize financial resources, identify barriers to healthy and active ageing, and deploy innovative tools to tackle the healthcare concerns of older citizens. It has set out to extend the lifespan of EU citizens by 2 years.
The EIP-AHA aims to ensure a win-win-win scenario that rests upon: i) improving the health and quality of life of the elderly, ii) contributing to the sustainability and efficiency of health care systems, and iii) securing market opportunities for business.
The Partnership focuses on three distinct areas of work: i) prevention, screening and early diagnosis, ii) care and cure (integrated care) and iii) active ageing and independent living.
The EIP-AHA advocates for innovative, coordinated and comprehensive community based strategies to prevent chronic diseases, and ensure the long-term care of chronically ill patients. These strategies should be implemented at the local, regional and national levels. Special focus is placed on e.g.:
- Developing support tools for a more effective prevention of falls and the conditions that lead to frailty by identifying adequate interventions for frail, co-morbid patients;
- Strengthening the role of patients in their own care-paths;
- Supporting the implementation of integrated models of care in regions within Member States;
- Validating suggestions of good practice and disseminating and scaling-up or transferring these.
Participation in the EIP-AHA can take place through several routes: “Invitation for Commitment”, “Invitation for Expression of Intent for Candidate Reference Site”, “Marketplace for Innovative Ideas” and lastly, “Innovation Support”.
LEARN ABOUT THE OUTCOMES OF THE EUROPEAN SUMMIT ON INNOVATION FOR ACTIVE AND HEALTHY AGENING, which took place in Brussels on 9-10 March, 2015
JA-CHRODIS and EIP-AHA have similar aims and objectives and partners in common, and the two initiatives will collaborate to build upon and strengthen one another