TeNDER project kicks off in Madrid

On 3-4 December 2019, the Polytechnic University of Madrid – TeNDER’s coordinating partner – hosted the project’s first meeting. Partners discussed Work Packages, task allocations, timelines, and key deliverables.

TeNDER is a multi-sectoral project funded by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. For the next three years, it will develop an integrated care model to manage multi-morbidity in patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

The consortium partners are: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), Servicio Madrileño de Salud (Spain), Asociación Parkinson Madrid (Spain), Università degli Studi di Roma – ‘Tor Vergata’ Hospital (Italy), Schön Klinic Bad Aibling (Germany), Spominčica – Alzheimer Slovenia (Slovenia), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece), Ubiwhere (Portugal), DataWizard (Italy), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Maggioli Group (Italy), Elgoline Doo (Slovenia), and the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (Belgium).

TeNDER’s user partners will conduct 5 large-scale pilots that will target patients who suffer Alzheimer’s and/or Parkinson’s along with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and/or other chronic illnesses.

In each pilot setting (i.e., in-hospital acute care, at home, and in day- and full-time nursing homes), patients will be monitored using sensors, cameras that capture movement, affective recognition technology, and wristbands that record basic vitals, etc.

Meanwhile, TeNDER’s technical, legal and ethical experts will ensure that all personal data is protected according the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and that rigorous ethical standards are met in order to minimize the risk of unwanted impact on the patient or their family and friends.

The project aims to improve the quality of life of patients and those that surround them. First, by facilitating communication between social and health care professionals, and extending the autonomy of patients that can live independently. Second, by making TeNDER’s model for integrated care fit for widespread implementation, to benefit patients beyond project years.