Industrialized countries are facing new challenges in the health care sector due to the growth of the elderly population, the increase in chronic pathologies, the growing request for high quality health care services and their increased costs, and the citizens’ demand to be more involved and play an active role in their own care. In this context the e-Health research and innovation Unit aims at the promotion of innovation at local and national level in the domain of health and healthcare through scientific projects aimed at introducing in the daily life of citizens and in the clinical practice innovative e-health services, involving public and private stakeholders of healthcare domain.
This scope is achieved by a multidisciplinary group conducting research on methods and models for the design, implementation and evaluation of prototypic applications of ICT-based innovative services that support the management and sharing of data, information and knowledge in healthcare domain. These aims are achieved through the adoption of a “living lab approach” that considers real-life contexts as the privileged loci of both analysis and experimentation of systems.
With respect to the state of the art in this field, our aim is to expand the notion of “living lab” moving from a conception where it is considered as the “space where innovation is tested” to take into account the social, organizational and institutional aspects that play a role in the success or failure of new ICTs. In this respect, the unit activities are characterized by a prolonged commitment to each project in order to assess the long term effects on the field of the deployment of innovative technologies.