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FP7: Personal Health Systems Foresight

Impetu Solutions is running together with the Austrian Institute of Technology and the University of Manchester a two year European foresight project. This FP7 support action coordinates strategic stakeholder engagements in the realm of Personal Health Systems (PHS) within and beyond European Union up to 2030. Among other tasks, Impetu applies its advanced content management system for crow-sourcing process including collection, commenting , assessment and analysis of ideas on future PHS breakthroughs.

PHS assist in the provision of continuous, quality controlled and personalised health services to empowered individuals regardless of location.

PHS are not limited to dealing with aging and eldercare, though PHS communities contribute to the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active and Healthy Aging. PHS provides a horizontal development area across variety of patients, clinical specialties, technology fields and health services. Hence, the development of PHS requires and can mobilize the emergence of novel cross-disciplinary and -sectoral innovation partnerships.
With this project we want:

  • to achieve a deeper understanding of mismatches between the potential of PHS and current policy and innovation initiatives and framework conditions;
  • to support more mobilized and networked innovation communities, promoting PHS around jointly formulated issues which support pooling resources and streamlining diverse innovation initiatives;
  • to tackle future opportunities and alternative trajectories, aligning actor perspectives for the development of a joint strategic action plan, including recommendations for a possible new EIP; and finally,
  • to achieve a transparent, open and inclusive engagement of stakeholders, and targeted dissemination of results in society.

Further information: Laura Pombo Juárez

Project website: www.phsforesight.eu

Grand Challenges Responding Research Priorities: Remarks from Finland

Dr. Totti Könnölä was invited to European Foresight Platform Final Event in Vienna, September 27 – 28, 2012 and to present recent advances in grand challenges responding research priorities in the health sector in Finland.

Grand challenges responding research in Finland

In June 2011, the Board of the Academy identified a series of grand challenges that will be given priority focus in research over the next few years. These challenges are named as:

  • The Northern Climate and Environment
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Dialogue of Cultures
  • A Healthy Everyday for All
  • Knowledge and Know-how in the Media Society
  • The Ageing Population and Individuals.

The Academy has commissioned a separate study as part of the review of the state of scientific research in Finland. The study will include a framework of the concepts and European debate dealing with the grand challenges. It will also analyse the allocation of Academy research funding to the fields represented by the grand challenges. This thematic transdisciplinary study will identify the strengths, weaknesses and areas in need of improvement within these fields. The analysis will be based on Academy Project and research programme funding in 2007‒2010.

The study will be carried out by Impetu Solutions and the Network for Higher Education and Innovation Research, University of Helsinki.

e-Health: Towards Integrated Hospital Information Systems in Spain

Impetu Solutions is conducting a research project that applies and elaborates techno-institutional change theories in a novel way in the context of the transition process from fragmented hospital information systems of papers, films and digitalised records to integrated electronic management of intra- and inter-hospital information. The research can be characterised as empirically based theory-building as it elaborates the conceptual framework and attests its validity with the direct observations and empirically based literature reviews. Based on evolutionary and institutional theorising, the theoretical framework on Technological systems and dominant designs, interoperability and standards, organisational routines and competencies, policy and governance and societal acculturation and expectations is developed. The framework is applied to conceptualise and understand drivers and barriers in the techno-institutional transition process towards the integrated healthcare information systems in Spain. The preliminary results indicate the possibility of lock-ins to ineffective ICT solutions that calls for enhanced national and international coordination actions. The project is led by Eng. Laura Pombo-Juárez.

The 4th International Seville Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) 12 & 13 May 2011

Impetu is represented by Dr. Totti Könnölä in the Scientific Committee of The 4th edition of the International Seville Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) that focuses on the need and potential of FTA to address disruptive transformations in response to grand societal challenges. FTA offers policy and decision makers the potential to look across such transformations, enabling governments and other organisations to become more adaptive and capable of enacting systemic change.

Accordingly, the 2011 FTA Conference addresses the following specific themes:

  • Orienting innovation systems towards global challenges and the roles that FTA can play
  • Building FTA capacities for systemic and structural transformations
  • Premises and practices in combining quantitative and qualitative FTA methods

Impetu participates also in the design of a pre-conference online survey that will be launched among experienced FTA practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders to share ideas and explore future emerging issues. Results will be discussed during the conference.

The 4th International Seville Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis

SESTI Scanning for Emerging Science & Technology Issues

Before joining Impetu Solutions, our experts took part in the design and execution of the SESTI project, one of the FP7 Bluesky research projects. Today’s societal developments are often influenced by improbable events with possibly high impact. SESTI is about identifying “Emerging Issues” that could have a potentially significant impact on society until 2030, are still not sufficiently recognized by policy makers, should (perhaps) get more attention by policy makers. SESTI is also a research project for exploring different methods like: Weak Signal Scanning (forums, news, blogs, text-mining), Expert survey for identifying emerging issues, Theory, methodology and evaluation and Workshops with policy makers and experts. SESTI aims to develop a mechanism for the early identification of newly emerging issues of importance to the European research infrastructure. thematic areas have been explored in more detail in testing the SESTI scanning system, including emerging issues in science and technology in
  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Energy
  • Health.
Further information

SESTI Project

Facing the future: time for the EU to meet global challenges

Before joining Impetu Solutions, our experts took part in the design and execution of the study “Facing the future: time for the EU to meet global challenges” carried out by the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) for the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA) of the European Commission (EC).

Project rationale

For policy responses to address all the pressing current global challenges, especially when these are seen separately from one another, is clearly a demanding task. Institutions face greater complexity and difficulty in providing solutions in due time if the policy focus extends beyond the challenges that societies face today, seeking to anticipate future challenges and transform them into opportunities.

Aim of the project

The aim is to provide a comprehensive picture of the main trends ahead and possible future disruptive global challenges, and to examine how the EU could position itself to take an active role in shaping a response to them. The work described in the final project report brings a fresh perspective, by linking widely accepted quantified trends towards 2025 and beyond with experts’ and policy makers’ opinions on the likely consequences of these trends and wild cards.

Methodology approach

The methodology used combines an extensive analytical review of recent future oriented studies, followed by a wide online consultation of the identified issues, and use of multi-criteria quantitative analysis (Robust Portfolio Modelling) to prioritise the resulting issues. Key issues were then presented and discussed in a workshop with selected experts and policy makers. The final report presents policy messages for the EU with a view to enabling a transformation of present and future challenges into opportunities and can serve as an input for building a vision for the EU in 2020, as proposed by the Commission’s President in his political guidelines for the next Commission.

Project outcomes

The report brings to the forefront three interrelated challenges for the EU and the world, and offers options to transform them into opportunities for long-term EU policy making. Improving citizens’ empowerment and participation through the increased use of Information and Communication Technologies, searching for greater policy alignment towards sustainability, and establishing global partnerships between industry, government and society to build shared values and common visions on the future are among the key messages for EU policy makers.

Further information

JRC-IPTS: Final Report