On 19 April 2021, the Galician Agency for Knowledge Management in Health (ACIS) published the final decision on the projects selected to participate in the Ourense Living Lab of the Galician Network of Health Living Labs – LABSAÚDE, including our AVECEN project.
LABSAÚDE emerges as a facilitating mechanism for the creation and implementation of innovative projects in an environment in which multiple agents interact, to respond to real needs detected in the Galician Health System. It was born as an open innovation initiative, a fundamental component of the European Innovation System, according to a Quadruple Helix model where public administrations, industry, academia and society meet, creating a space for co-creation and experimentation with an active participation of users from early stages of the innovation cycle.
The Ourense Living Lab has an experimental hospital environment located in the Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Ourense (CHUO), with clinical scenarios of great technological development that will allow the development of Living Lab environments in which to systematically test the user experience. The hospital also has a space for “co-creation” through interaction and knowledge exchange.
With the incorporation of AVECEN to the Ourense Living Lab, the entities that are part of the consortium, we take another step forward in our firm will to bring technological innovation closer to users, being part of an open innovation ecosystem focused on people and in a real environment. With this, we give continuity to a project initiated in 2018, co-funded by the Conecta Peme Programme of the Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN) and which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their caregivers and their families, helping to prevent and self-manage neurodegenerative diseases characterised by a progressive deterioration of cognitive functions such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.