Date: 25th of May 2023
With high hopes, the PRECiSE consortium travelled to Ancona with the hope of a much-needed stretch of sunshine and good food. A little disappointed that we came down to rainy weather, but good food, we started the meeting, and it did not disappoint!
INRCA had organized a meeting for the local stakeholders, where they could hear about PRECaiSE and how strength training is of great benefit to the elderly population.
We were then shown around the hospital, to which INRCA is affiliated, and we got to see how the department works daily. How to test and train people with, among other things, heart attacks and cerebral haemorrhage in a way where it is a little more fun than just a test of coordination and concentration.
In Pilot 2, the partners were thrown into implementing DigiPrehab, and based on those experiences, a workshop was held to help support the partners in Pilot 3 so that we reach the goals we set at the start of the project.
We want to show that with tailored strength training, there is a 25% reduction in the risk of falling and that we must have 50% more citizens included in Pilot 3 than what was included in Pilot 2.
Pilot 3 must also be a test of how PRECaiSE can function after the end of the project. In this connection, we also had a workshop where we discussed in small groups what the ideal world looks like and what challenges we have in the real world to get towards the ideal world.
Date: 31st of March 2023
The first major testing occurred in PRECaiSE from September to February when all the end-user partners tested the application’s usability. We have continually optimized and noted requests for improvements.
The usage model is taken from the one already used in Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands for DigiRehab. This means that an employee from the home care comes out to the citizen’s home twice a week to conduct the training. This usage model has been adapted to the new target group and the implementation possibilities in the individual countries.
The end-user organizations have continuously submitted their feedback. After Pilot 2, the consortium held an online meeting where all feedback was collected, and the partners could comment on each other’s feedback.
Many good wishes for improvement came out of this meeting, but the two most central findings have been that there is a great desire to create a smartphone application and a greater variety of exercises. The target group in PRECaiSE is everyone over 65, they do not need to receive home care, and if they do, they must still be mainly self-reliant. The younger target group also means that they are physically and mentally fresh. Hence it follows that variation in the training program will challenge them. The exercises must be in the same style as those existing in the system to ensure that the desired muscle groups are still trained and gradually become more challenging to ensure improvement.
Planning and implementing the improvements has already begun to prepare them for Pilot 3, which starts after the summer.
Date: 25th of January 2023
PRECaiSE attended the mid-term evaluation, where critical attention was paid to the results delivered in the first project period. First, the course selection presented the progress that has been made and the challenges in the first large-scale testing in all countries.
There were good discussions about how the project should be able to succeed after the project period is over. In addition, the technical development and the possibilities to validate and support our results collected via the screening and training were put firmly into practice.
The reviewers came up with good recommendations which are already being developed or implemented.
PRECaiSE has chosen to create newsletters which describe some key developments in the project. Read the news letter here
Date: 10th of November 2022
Since the end of September, the end-user partners have been testing the platform’s usability and for new partners to become familiar with how it is to implement and the daily operation of such a system. Both the volunteers, professionals and end-users have been optimistic about the project. Therefore, a meeting was needed where the partners could exchange experiences, challenges and proposed solutions. It was held in Aalborg, where there were live demonstrations of the screening. It was an eye-opener for what empathy, relationships, and professional expertise do for a training institution to succeed. All partners came home with new experiences, tips and tricks to improve their future use in the next pilot.
All end-user partners provided feedback and status on their pilot, and we had some good and constructive discussions on how the issues can be resolved and material to prepare for the next pilot. We are constantly learning something new in PRECaiSE, and it is used as soon as it makes sense to improve the user experience for the end users and collect the data we need for the AI models.
Once again, Aarhus University entertained us with AI, and we learned about a sharp plot, features and their weighting and ranking problem method. There were relevant and good questions, all of which made us wiser and even more explicit about the direction PRECaiSE is going.
Date: 15th of June 2022
We are six months into the project, and much has moved forward, and discoveries have been made with end-user involvement and the software. Now, planning the tests in each End-User partner’s countries has begun in earnest. The technical establishment has been started, and efficient planning has been created to achieve the tests and software development we would like to accomplish in the project.
On the software front, there have also been some exciting discoveries, which means that the PRECaiSE project has even more significant potential to succeed in both countries with structured public home care and countries with familial care and nursing.
We have gained insight into how the activity centers are working in Poland and how they can be an active player in both the PRECaiSE project and opportunities for use models in the future.
Another side of the project is that we must have developed business models relevant to the partners involved. Little by little, we have begun to uncover how PRECaiSE can succeed in being an active player in fall prevention among the older population.
Date: 5th of April
Then it is time for a physical meeting again in PRECaiSE. This time in Middelburg, the Netherlands, the trip offered meetings, practical circumstances, planning of Pilots, and a guided tour by the local historian.
In addition, we discussed the differences between the partners concerning a future test. So we got through ethical applications, discussed how to get in touch with the target group, and defined the target group. Since PRECaiSE also wants to find those citizens who do not necessarily have home care yet, which presents challenges that the project tries to solve. We also got a live demonstration of how DigiRehab’s Prehab screening works and which areas are included. Aalborg Municipality, Oslo Bydel Sagene and TWB use DigiRehab in their day-to-day operations, so it is about expanding their target group and getting to know the new questions. With INRCA and OSF in Italy and Poland, they have to learn to know the system to feel safe.
We have come closer to clarifying how the project should be planned to achieve the highly scheduled and structured home care known from Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands and the unstructured family-based care and care found in Poland and Italy. These are some exciting talks, as all the End-User partners are keen to learn something from each other.
In addition, Aarhus University has told us about the software and the theoretical mathematics that will be the foundation for AI in PRECaiSE. It was eye-opening and has given everyone a shared understanding of what data the End-User partners will collect during the Pilots.
Date: 30th of January 2022
The new year is off to a good start, and what is more important is that we have launched the PRECaiSE project. Eight partners from six countries have come together to develop software that can help prevent falls.
One of the first things we need to uncover is how the health sector differs from country to country and what similarities there are. We all have a common goal to prevent falls in frail older people in our society. The interest in fall prevention is significant, and there is a need for a solution in the healthcare system and on an individual level. It will be interesting to see what we can develop when we combine AI with physical training.
We have spent two days getting to know each other and the project better, including excellent presentations of DigiRehab and what has been achieved in Aalborg Municipality in collaboration with DigiRehab.
The meeting was hosted in the Center for Welfare Technology in Aalborg, Denmark, so there was plenty of opportunity for the participants to take a tour of just a tiny fraction of the welfare technology that exists and is used on a large scale in the Danish municipalities.