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The European Commission is committed to digital technologies to improve early detection and treatment of chronic diseases

The European Commission has kicked off the GATEKEEPER project in Madrid, an initiative that aims to connect all the actors in the healthcare environment through an open platform, which allows the full potential of new technologies to be used to improve the healthcare services to an increasingly aging population. 

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GATEKEEPER contemplates the deployment of a large-scale experience that will be developed over the next three and a half years and that will involve about 40,000 elderly individuals in 7 different countries of the European Union. Mature health solutions will be deployed in homes and people's care centers, in order to demonstrate that the identification of risk situations can improve the progression of chronic diseases. helict is proud to be part of the consortium and to support the Saxonian Reference Site.

The pilots will be implemented in the Basque Country, Aragon, Saxony (Germany), Greece, Puglia (Italy), Milton Keynes (United Kingdom), Cyprus and Poland. In the words of the deputy coordinator of the project, Sergio Guillén, GATEKEEPER has an enormous potential in different areas: “It is an innovation project that aims to create and test evidence based on quality indicators, on the positive impact that massive data use will have through technologies of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Data Analytics both in the quality of care and health outcomes, as in the early detection and management of the chronic disease care process". Guillén affirms that this initiative will also have a direct implication in the development of a European services platform, which facilitates the interaction between the agents of the socio-health system, the technology and services companies and the citizens for the co-creation of intelligent solutions adapted to the current needs on prevention and health management.

“GATEKEEPER will be a flagship project in the execution of the European Union strategy on digitalization of the industry and socio-sanitary systems, and in the sustainable development of safe and reliable digital technologies, which guarantee the privacy and rights of the citizens. There is only one scale and it is European”.

Western countries and Europe are witnessing the rapid aging of the population due to the increase in life expectancy and the low birth rate in the continent, a phenomenon that is expected to increase in the coming years. This trend is especially worrying in the case of Spain, where those over 65 will represent more than 30% of the total population in 2050, surpassing the four million people. “Fortunately, diseases that were previously considered deadly have become chronic, and this clearly requires a different approach to this type of patient. Change leaders must take full advantage of digital technologies to offer the solutions that chronic patients really need”, concludes the ACTIVAGE coordinator.