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The closing workshop of FOCUS project is happening in Valencia on April 13th!

FOCUS Project

The closing workshop of FOCUS will take place next April 13th, in Valencia. Conceived as a general debate on key areas in the European Commission strategy on healthy ageing, our workshop is dedicated to the analysis of different aspects of the digital strategy of the Commission and the rule of ecosystems as an operative tool to catalyse the participation of different stakeholders. 

You may find the workshop agenda bellow.


8.00-08.30 h Registration
08.30-08.45 h: Welcome.
1st Part.
The conditioning environment

08.45-10,45 h. First session.- 
The digital single market as a new referent
Chair: Prof A. Cano. 

  • 08.45-08.55 h. ICT Platforms: any long-term use? The case of PKE-PSU from FOCUS. D Selma, A González-Segura.
  • 08.55-09.05 The regional level: the case of Valencia (I2CV) J Sepúlveda
  • 09.05-09.20 h. The view of the Commission. A Senn.
  • 09.20-09.35 h. The blueprint and I2M. Where are we and where are we going?. JA Martínez Usero 
  • 09.35-10.45 h. What do stakeholders expect from an ICT platform?
    • 09.35-10.00 h Patients
      • 09.35-09.45 h. Patients associations
        • Fibromialgia. M. Roca
        • Asindown. T Miedes
      • 09.45-10.00 h. Patients participating in FOCUS
        • UK, H Gwyther
        • Poland, D Kurpas
        • Italy, D Azzolino
        • Portugal, E Campos
        • Spain, A Ortiz Fernández.
    • 10.00-10.05 h. The view of companies, P Sala.
    • 10.05-10.45 h Interactive Debate.
      • D Selma, A G Segura, J Sepúlveda, A Senn, J Martínez Usero, M Roca, M Miedes, H Gwyther, D Kurpas, D Azzolino, E Campos, A Ortiz, P Sala.
  • 10.45-11.15 h Networking coffee.
  • 11.15-14.15 h 2nd session. ECOSYSTEMS, the new figures enabling interaction.


  • 11.15-12,30 h 1st half. The ECHAlliance ecosystems
    • Chair: J Apostolo
    • 11.15-11.30 h The background.   D O’Connor
    • 11.30-11.45 h ECHAlliance as a catalyst.
    • 11.45-12.00 h VLCHealth, the Valencia ecosystem
      • Mental health: Map, steps and perspective –Z Valero Ramón    
    • 12.00-12.30 h the portrait of companies in VLCHealth
      • Brainstorm, E Montesa
      • Idieikon, M Alborg
      • HOPES Ecosystem: A Martínez-Arroyo
      • MySphera, J C Naranjo


  • 12.30 h -2nd half. The Reference sites of EIPonAHA.
    • Chair: J Farrell.
    • 12.30-12.45 h Introduction: are RS being useful enablers in the actual framework? J Farrell
    • 12.45-13.35 h Different models define the present RS texture: what to learn and what to circumvent.
      • 12.45-12.55 h Andalucía, Javier Peso.
      • 12.55-13.05 h Basque country , Dolores Verdoy Berastegui
      • 13.05-13.15 h Catalonia, Ramón Maspons Bosch
      • 13.15-13.25 h Galicia, TBD.
      • 13.25-13.35 h Valencia, Javier Gámez.


  • 13.35-14.15 h Ecosystems: what the future holds, an open debate.
    • D O’Connor, J Gámez, J Peso, Dolores Verdoy Berastegi , R Maspons Bosch, J Ferris, Galicia, AM Arroyo.  
  • 14.15-15.00 h Lunch

2nd Part.
The impact of health European projects 

Chair:  Prof C. Holland

  • 15.00-15.50 h. The legacy of European projects
    • CHRODIS. Antonio Sarria.
    • POLIBIENESTAR. Tamara Alhambra & Jordi Garcés.
    • ITACA UP . Vicente Traver
    • SUNFRAIL M Barbolini
    • IBV, Javier Ferris
    • MISERICORDIA AMADORA, Adriano Fernandes.
    • The legacy of FOCUS:
    • Evidence,  R Shaw
    • Guidelines, B D’Avanzo
  • 15.50-16.05 h. The view of the European Commission (DG SANTÉ). I Keller. 
  • 16.05-16.30 h. Interactive debate. 
    • A. Sarria, T Alhambra, J Garcés, B D’Avanzo, R Shaw, M Barbolini, J Ferris, I Keller.


  • Miguel Alborg, Projects Manager, Idieikon, Valencia, Spain.
  • Tamara Alhambra, senior technical staff, Polibienestar Institute, University of Valencia, Spain.
  • Joao Apostolo, Professor Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Barbara D’Avanzo, Mario Negri Institute, Milan, Italy.
  • Domenico Azzolino, researcher in nutrition, Milan, Italy.
  • Mirca Barbolini, senior project manager, Emilia Romagna regional Government, Italy.
  • Elzbieta Campos, researcher FOCUS, Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Antonio Cano, FOCUS project coordinator and Professor University of Valencia, Spain.
  • John Farrell, LANUA International Healthcare Consultancy, Northern Ireland, UK.
  • Javier Ferris, project promoter, IBV, Valencia, Spain.
  • Javier Gámez, Reference site Valencia, Spain.
  • Jordi Garcés, Professor University of Valencia and Príncipe Asturias Professor at Georgetown University, Director of the Polibienestar Institute, University of Valencia.
  • Ana González Segura, coordinator Action Group C2, EIPAHA, researcher in computing, EVERIS Spain.
  • Holly Gwyther, researcher in ageing, Lancaster University, UK.
  • Carol Holland, Professor in Ageing, Lancaster University, UK.
  • Ingrid Keller, Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) and DGSANTÉ, European Commission.
  • Donata Kurpas, researcher and responsible of workpackage in FOCUS project. Wroclaw University, Poland. 
  • Ana Martínez Arroyo, Health Outcomes Ecosystem Manager, Health Econimics Specialist, MEDiadd, Spain.
  • José Ángel Martínez Usero, Responsible for International Affairs, Finka NU AB, Coordinator WE4AHA.
  • Ramón Maspons Bosch, Chief Innovation Officer, Agency for Health Quality and Assessment, Ministry of Health, Government of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Teresa Miedes, Senior Officer, Asindown.
  • Ricard/Enric Montesa, Brainstorm Multimedia, Valencia, Spain.
  • Juan Carlos Naranjo, MySphera, Valencia, Spain.
  • Damian O’Connor, Director of Operations, European Connected Health Alliance.
  • Ángel Ortiz Fernández, researcher, University of Valencia, Spain.
  • Javier Peso, technical staff, Consejería de Salud, Junta de Andalucía, Spain.
  • Mamen Roca, president of the patient association on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
  • Pilar Sala, MySphera Co., Valencia, Spain.
  • Antonio Sarria, Escuela Nacional de Salud Pública Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.
  • David Selma, researcher in computing, EVERIS Spain.
  • Arnaud Senn, DGCONNECT, European Commission.
  • José Sepúlveda, coordinator IC2CV, Valencia, Spain.
  • Rachel Shaw, senior lecturer in Psychology, Aston University, UK.
  • Vicente Traver, ITACA Institute. Polytechnic University, Valencia, Spain.
  • Zoe Valero Ramón, Itaca Institute, Polytechnic University Valencia, UPV, Valencia, Spain.
  • Dolores Verdoy Berastegi, Project manager, Kronikgune, Bizkaia, Basque