The Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya (Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia), AQuAS, is a public entity of the Catalan Health Ministry with more than 20 years of history. Its mission is to generate scientific and relevant knowledge to contribute to the improvement of the quality, safety and sustainability of the healthcare system, with the main goal of supporting the decision making process of the citizens, professionals, managers and policy makers.
The Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast covers Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria, with around 4.1 million residents. Their footprint includes 22 NHS providers, 20 CCGs, nine universities and a large number of life science industry partners.
Core purpose is to spread innovation, improve health, generate economic growth. By being a catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale – improving health, generating economic growth and helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies. By connecting regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry – responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration. And by creating the right environment for relevant industries to work with the health and social care system.
VALDE (El Sitio de Valdelatarra S.L.) is a consultant company created in 2008. Most of the work carried out by VALDE from 2008 to 2012 was related with the creation and deployment of two National Technology Platforms in collaboration with AMETIC. One of them was eSEC, about trustworthy ICT (http://ametic.es/es/innovacion/plataformas-tecnologicas/esec) and eVIA, ICT for Health and active and healthy aging (http://ametic.es/es/innovacion/plataformas-tecnologicas/evia).
VALDE will act as Procurement Coordinator. This role has been proven to be valuable in the STOPandGO experience to develop cohesion in the procurers group and promote an effective collaboration with the knowledge partners.
Smart Homes is the expert centre on home automation & smart living. This includes areas like eHealth, Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and also energy management. Founded in 1998, Smart Homes acts as an independent and intermediary organisation in the complex market of technology for a better quality of life. Main focus is on bridging the worlds of technical developments and those of end-users and service providers.
Federsanità Servizi is a wholly owned subsidiary of Federsanità-ANCI, which is the institution that collects Local Health Trusts and Hospitals Trust together with the Conferences of Mayors (through ANCI, the National Association of Italian Municipalities). Federsanità-ANCI provides support to health trusts and municipalities to ensure the paths of integration of socio-health care and welfare. In October 2006, during the first National Congress, Federsanità-ANCI turned itself into a confederation of regional federations. The Confederation is currently composed of 17 regional federations and counts among its members 123 Trusts and Conferences of Mayors. Federsanità ANCI, through Federsanità Servizi, is running an initiative, named “CATALIS”, to support a community of public and private stakeholders about care&cure services augmented by technology, providing a portal, a newsletter, a documentation centre, a discussion forum, face-to-face workshops involving also industry and top management of the local trusts and municipalities.