Integrated supportive services and products to promote frailty care
FACET proposes solutions to facilitate detection, monitoring and amelioration of frailty in older adults. Frailty can be reduced with improved communication between doctors and citizens via a simple system that allows monitoring of patients’ performance and facilitates interventions when needed.
Europe faces an important challenge with the burden of frailty, which is one of the major causes of disability and is currently poorly diagnosed. Implementation of new approaches and technologies may help to prevent and even reverse frailty. FACET aims to provide a holistic and transversal approach to frailty – focused on prevention, early detection and intervention – using improved communication between professionals and patients via new technologies.
FACET is composed of Healthcare providers (SERMAS), universities (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Aberystwyth University in Wales), companies (Quirón Prevención, ATOS, GMV and Abbott) and an SME (Genesis Biomed). The consortium merges biomedical and technological aspects to produce relevant long-term outcomes.
FACET aims to design a new approach to prevent, detect, monitor and better manage frailty. FACET will deliver:
- The FACET system: A platform for healthcare professionals that includes a series of sensor-based devices to allow for unsupervised monitoring of frailty status. The system closely connects doctors and patients, permitting early detection of risk situations and providing alerts for doctors to intervene. In addition, the system enables identification of groups at risk of developing frailty in the working population.
- A biomarker panel: It will allow accurate and objective monitoring of changes in dietary patterns associated with frailty risk.
- Educational activities: Activities to increase the awareness of frailty amongst individuals and professionals include online courses (Recognising frailty MOOC), HCP training sessions and frailty workshops (with KOL and representatives from WHO and local government).
EIT-Health provides a strong background for the development of the project, connecting the expertise of a unique range of partners and possible end-payers to increase the project repercussion in Europe.
The FACET system will enable a new holistic approach to frailty, potentially impacting the quality of life of 13.05 million people, including nearly half a million citizens annually who are in need of preventative measures. FACET will increase the awareness of citizens about frailty and its reversibility. It has a potential economic impact of €1.5 B per year in terms of the reduction in Europe’s healthcare costs.
Why this is an EIT Health project
This project addresses the core EIT Health goal of promoting active, healthier ageing. It also aligns with the following EIT Health Focus areas:
- “Bringing Care Home”, by facilitating monitoring for seniors living at home.
- “Health in the Workplace”, by identifying groups at risk for frailty in the working population.
Partner classification: Business
Partner type: Associate
Abbott creates breakthrough products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutrition and branded generic pharmaceuticals -that help people lead healthier lives with full unlimited possibilities. Today, we are almost 110,000 people working in more than 160 countries to generate a long-lasting impact on health. Abbott develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages. We partner with healthcare professionals worldwide to offer the most trusted names in nutrition products for every stage of life. Areas of specialization: Abbott Nutrition R&D in Spain: adult nutrition, infant nutrition, therapeutic nutrition, mobility, metabolic health, early programming.
Abbott , Camino de Purchil, 68, 18004 Granada, España
Partner classification: Education, Research
Partner type: Core Partner
UPM is a leader in healthcare technologies, with an outstanding participation in international research and innovation projects, alliances with leading institutions in medical research and a close relationship with hospitals R&D centers. The UPM Health Tech community is the flagship initiative of UPM, bringing together all Education, Research and Innovation capabilities in Health Care Technologies (Medical Device, Biotech and Digital Health). UPM HealthTech provides a stable interdisciplinary environment grouping UPM research groups/centers with high expertise and qualified infrastructure to address major challenges in Health Care, and to promote the start-up of new ventures issued by UPM community and regional/national/European Health Technology ecosystem, and to offer high quality and experienced educational programmes
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - UPM
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Technical University of Madrid) - UPM, Calle Ramiro de Maeztu, 7, 28040 Madrid, España
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