: Active Environment
for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
|Start Date: 2002-09-01
End Date: 2004-02-28
Project Status: End - Public Scientific Report
- Active Environment for Health Promotion
and Disease Prevention
Active Health is complying with Action Lines' Criterions:
, action lines I.1.1,
Environment for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention” and
I.1.4, “Best practice and
demonstration actions in regional healthcare networks”;
and the in
action lines I.1.1, “Intelligent
environment for citizen centred health management” and
I.1.3, “Best practice and
trials in e-Health”. action
lines 8.1.1 ,“to
facilitate synergy between existing projects that see
an added value
in working together on common objectives”.
Mr. Sergio Guillen Barrionuevo
The ACTIVE HEALTH (AH)
project is a contribution to the solution of the following
challenge: to transfer
information to individuals or groups of individuals and
to support and help them take advantage of that information (advices).
Any information flow requires the active participation of people
sharing of meaning and proper use in the activities of the
offer has to be both appropriate (current
Health Research), acceptable and useful or even
improve their health, prevent or
limit the progress of diseases,
and to guide them in
their life style, while respecting their individual specificities.
AH will coordinate
the scientific health approach with world well-known
medical organizations in order that all the work is done under
the supervision of experts that will provide the characteristics
that the medical information, advice, treatment, analysis
is done in the correct way and following ethical
Union is very concerned about these issues and has as
one of its main social objectives in the improvement
of the quality of life and health of their citizens, encouraging
them on making healthy choices to achieve these points.
As a result, the European Parliament and
the Council have proposed the adoption a new Programme
of Community Action in the field of Public
Health covering the next five years, from 2001 to 2006.
Furthermore, it supports the use of the
Information Technology (IT)
in the area of health, believing that it’s
cost-effective, efficient and easy way to arrive to wider
population and integrate all the new advances.
For the use of IT in
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) AH proposes
strategy in a more integrated
and coherent way, that covers both categories of problems
and methods grounded on the management of conversations.
the components of IT-supported HPDP, links, related problems
and interactions. It investigates the specific issues resulting
from the use of IT, including the legal, ethical, cultural
conditions that have to be fulfilled and the criteria
for trustworthiness of information.
It proposes recommendations in
critical areas and a framework to guide
the development of IT applications for HPDP, derived
from the expertise of the cluster members, in the perspective
of a network creation.
this line, AH will play an important role in the implantation
of this initiative
at a European level, increasing
the awareness of the citizen about
Information Society and improving his access
to trustable personalized medical advice without discriminations.
The objective is that everybody
will have access to this health
capabilities, skills, studies, economic situation, location,
age, gender or possible disabilities, and following the legal
regulations of each country and assuring
the trustworthiness of the information and the systems
and the protection of his personal
The way to do it will be by
means of putting
together all of the implied parties and making them
work on a series of guidelines, recommendations and studies
on what does a simple EU citizen
needs in order to manage his health, avoid possible
bad conditions whenever possible and improve its general
quality of life in the health domain,
all of these by means of secure and useful top IT technologies
and helping him to accept these new advances as a part
of his day-to day world.
AH Working Areas:
They are the four groups of activities, which
will address the research on the many different topics
that are relevant for HPDP. The Working Areas are based
on the former definition of common
axes of interest adopted
by the Cluster.
Axis 1 - Technological
Issues: Supporting interoperability among projects
for the use of integrated intelligent portable devices.
This include the production of Guidelines and
recommendations for the development of IT-supported
HPDP, for a medical framework for HPDP.
Axis 2 - Medical Approach:
Supporting generic and coherent medical approach towards
the use of IT tools assisting in avoiding
risk factors related to life style (e.g. nutrition, lack of physical exercise).
That means to do Survey
the use of IT in HPDP, for HPDP online services as well
as providing Terms
of reference for
the creation of a Network of HPDP.
Axis 3 – Commercial Exploitation:
Supporting common and coherent dissemination activities
by the elaboration of Information
contents and container as a Project Web site and
as a report on the dissemination activities of the cluster.
Axis 4 - Trust and Confidence, Legal,
Ethical and Cultural Issues: Supporting trust and
confidence creation for on line medical information. This
requires coping with ethical and legal issues and addressing
cultural, security and data protection conditions through Research reports on
trustworthiness, on legal implications, on ethical issues and on culture-dependent
The AH Consortium consists on
ten highly competent organizations that are currently working
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention projects funded by the
European Commission.They are:
de Aplicaciones de las Tecnologias de la Informacion y de las
Comunicaciones Avanzadas (), Spain;
also coordinator of the "" project.
- (AOP), Italy; coordinator of the , involved in the project.
Italy; involved in the project.
United Kingdom; participant to the "" project.
- Foundation of Research and Technology
Greece; coordinator of the project.
France; involved in the project
and in the project.
Belgium; participant of the "" project.
Switzerland; coordinator of the " !" project.
Switzerland; coordinator of the project.
Greece, involved in the "" project.