This year’s AAL Forum took place in Coimbra (Portugal) from 2 to 4 October. A series of interactive workshops were offered in the forum programme. The Austrian AAL regions organized one of the Workshops (“Pilot studies as enabler for the market introduction of AAL Solutions”) which dealt with a number of aspects that are important when preparing and performing a pilot region with a field trial.
Three regions were participating in the workshop. The Styrian region RegionAAL presented “Which (AAL) technologies to choose / to use?”, Smart VitAALity from Carinthia told about “Boundaries for planning pilot studies” and West-AAL from Tyrol and Vorarlberg showed “Study results as basis for follow-up activities”. In addition the study EvAALuation provided “Indicators for evaluating the impact of AAL solutions”. The second part of the workshop was dedicated to an interesting fishbowl discussion. Specific questions raised in the presentations were discussed with the audience to get a picture into which directions AAL test regions may head in the future.
Rather at the beginning of our project we visited the predecessing AAL test regions in Burgenland and Salzburg respectively Tirol. We wanted to learn from them and exchange experiences.
On 5 July 2017 WAALTeR, one of the more recent regions, visited us. We could give a lot of practical information and lessons to our guests from Vienna and Lower Austria. Afterwards we could show the demo appartement at Geriatrische Gesundheitszentren der Stadt Graz. Topics in our discussion were:
Requirements and users,
technical components and systems,
trial planning and tools,
recruting and experiences with participants so far,
installation and rollout and
the demo appartement.
The participants from both projects were involved in very intense discussions. Due to that we “prolongued” our session from three to nearly four hours…
The six Austrian AAL test regions organized a workshop at the eHealth Summit Austria 2017. The workshop with title „Assistive solutions put into practice – Experiences from the Austrian AAL pilot regions“ had two sessions (as extracted from the programme):
Presentation of the region projects with their lessons learnt WAALTeR: Planning phase – Challenges related to preparing the project proposal Smart VitAALity: Planning phase – Boundaries for planning pilot studies RegionAAL: Requirements specification and system design – involvement of users ZentrAAL: Pilot study – Preparation, organization and implementation moduLAAr: Pilot study – Technological and organizational challenges in the field West-AAL: Pilot study – Study results as basis for follow-up activities
open discussion in a fishbowl like style Which criteria play a crucial role for successfully implementing and deploying AAL and similar solutions? (from legal and ethical viewpoint, from a user perspective, from a technical viewpoint, from an organizational and financial viewpoint) Can experiences and best practices be transferred? (to other national and international pilot regions, to similar pilot projects in the health sector)
Maria Fellner (JOANNEUM RESEARCH / DIGITAL) represented RegionAAL.