« Kick-Off Meeting on the scope of the Leonardo “Pr.In.Soc.Ser.Mun.” Project in Athens on the 13th of November 2012. »
On Tuesday the 13th of November 2012 was conducted the Kick-Off Meeting of the project “Pr.In.Soc.Ser.Mun.” – Promotion of Integration in the planning and provision of social services within local authorities through municipal staff vocational training- A Lever for Local Development” in Athens, Greece.
E-Trikala SA participates in the project as a beneficiary, which officially started on the 1st of October 2012 and will last for two years. From Greece participate as beneficiaries the ‘Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government SA – EETAA SA’ (coordinator), the Municipality of Agia Varvara and the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation AMPHICTYONY. In the consortium participate as well the University of Reims (France), the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (United Kingdom) and the Municipality of Alytus (Lithuania).
The scope of the Project is to vocationally train employees of the Municipality or from the broader Local Government in the integration, planning and provision of social services, so as to save resources (human and material). Thus, in the spring of 2013 will be implemented a training seminar. In Trikala will be conducted two workshops, one during October 2013 and another one during February 2014, where it is expected to train the employees in subjects concerning the provision of social services. The training process is expected to engage specialized e-learning platforms. Moreover, e-Trikala SA will organize the Project’s Final Conference during the second semester of 2014 in Athens.
The meeting was welcomed by the Managing Director of EETAA SA Mr Rallis Gekas, who mentioned that despite the difficult situation this Project might help towards the development of the Local Government. Subsequently all partners presented their organization’s profile. E-Trikala was represented by the Computer Engineer Mr Athanasios Ballis (EU Project Management Department). Finally, the coordinators presented the operational framework of the Project and the first obligations emerged.
Oristano in Sardinia, Italy, hosted the Kick-Off Meeting of the EU project CityMobil2 during 24-25 September 2012 in which e-Trikala SA officially participates. The project’s full title is “Cities demonstrating cybernetic mobility”, is of FP7 type, has officially started since 01/09/2012 and will last 4 years.
In total participate 45 EU partners, while from Greece apart from e-Trikala SA participate the Research Laboratory of Information Communications and Computer Systems from the National Technical University of Athens (Metsovio). 12 partners represent cities/regions (Trikala, Reggio Calabria, Leon, Saint Soulpis, Sophia Antipolis, Vantaa, Brussels, La Rochelle, San Sebastian, CERN, Milan, Oristano), while 5 more represent manufacturers of automated vehicles (YAMAHA, Robosoft, 2GetThere, Induct, Movemile). The SA was represented by the CEO Mr Odisseas Raptis and by Mr Athanasios Ballis, Computer Engineer, who presented the existing framework in the city of Trikala and approached the envisaged operational schema on the scope of the program.
The Project aims to create demonstrations with automated vehicle (without drivers) in specific routes in five cities/regions. The process first includes the choice of two out of the five manufacturers, who will supply the selected cities with two sets of six vehicles. The vehicles’ characteristics are to be finalized during the first months of the project’s operation. Afterwards, all 12 cities are to make survey regarding their possibility of conducting the demonstrations in their regions. After the selection of the five best perspectives, six-month demonstrations are to be commenced to each city by turn, getting more responsibilities. In case of no selection, five out of the remaining seven cities will be able to host short (1-2 week) static show-cases, which will reveal the potential of the vehicles.
During September 2012 was successfully finalized the INTERREG IVC, “Digital Cities – 0266R1” project (http://www.digital-cities.eu/), as the last conventional obligations had been fulfilled. Mr Michel Lamblin, the Programme Director sent a thank you letter indicating the successful finalization of the project by e-Trikala SA and the rest 8 partners.
The Project officially started in October 2008 and ended in December 2011. E-Trikala SA was the coordinator and was generally responsible for its smooth conduction.
During the 39 months of operation, six ICT good practices had been transferred amongst the partners, two of which belonged to e-Trikala; “E-Dialogos” (www.edialogos.gr) and “Demosthenis” (http://www.e-trikala.gr/el/node/12). The outcome of the consortium was the creation of strategic cooperation with University Institutions and European Municipalities, which proved to be quite significant for the digital identity of the Municiaplity of Trikala in the European level.
The consortium meeting between INDEPENDENT partners was successfully realized in Malaga, Spain at 17 – 18 of September in which participated on behalf of the Municipality of Trikala, the Development company e-Trikala, Trikala’s Public Benefit Municipal Enterprise for Social Development (DEKA) and Center For Open Protection Of The Elderly of the Municipality Of Trikala (ASKLEPIOS).
INDEPENDENT- Enabled Service Integration for Independent Living project is of CIP-PSP-ICT type and is going to be finalized in May 2013. Specifically, the Municipality of Trikala will pilot psychological help through video – counseling sessions to the informal caregivers who suffer from mild – dementia or depression in combination with the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and ‘Help at Home’ program.
All pilot sites (Munipality of Trikala, Milton – Keynes, Hull, Geldrop and Malaga) presented the progress of their work related to the patients that have been recruited; the problems and issues emerged as well as the evaluation of the users. Moreover, the further exploitation of the existing service, the cost and the benefits were also analyzed.
There are 20 partners throughout Europe participating in the INDEPENDENT project www.independent-project.eu like research centers and universities, health and IT providers. The meeting was conducted in the central offices of EPES in Technological Park of Malaga, while e-Trikala’s representative was Ms Kalli Liatou, Information Technology, as member of the Research and Development Department/European Projects and Eleftheria Vellidou on behalf the technical partner Vidavo SA.
Bilbao, Spain, hosted the 2nd Project Steering Committee Meeting during 17-18 September 2012 for the European Project “SUSTAINS” (http://sustainsproject.eu/). E-Trikala SA participates in the project and was represented by the Computer Engineer Mr Athanasios Ballis. The full project’s title is “Support USers To Access INformation and Services” and concerns tele-health services.
In particular, e-Trikala SA is responsible to develop the following services; Book or rebook a consultation/diagnostic exam, Change GP (when moving or similar), Update phone number and name of close relative, Consult audit trail, Access to health insurance data, Delegation of access to family and informal carer by patient power of attorney, Mask sensitive data, Track referrals, Notification services (reminder messages through portal, SMS, email etc.), Consent for the export of EHR data to the epSOS Patient Summary, Examine the Electronic Health Records, Ask a question to a physician/nurse, Fill out a Health Declaration Form, Print out drug and lab list before travelling abroad or outside their region, Patient’s input into EHR, Integration of data relating to patient’s self-monitoring, Integration of Decision Support Systems.
The aforementioned services will be implemented with the help of two subcontractors; i. the e-Health Private Company “Vidavo SA”, which is responsible for the programming development of the services, and ii. the Research Laboratory of Information Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) of the National Technical University of Athens (Metsovio), which is responsible for the declaration of standards and prototypes for the services. The time schedule for the implementation of the services is the end of 2012, while the pilot phase of the project is planned to start in early 2013.