Regional of Knowledge Richard Project

The RICHARD project (Regional ICT based Clusters for Healthcare Applications and R&D Integration) is a Regions of Knowledge FP7 funded project which ran from September 2010 to October 2013. It looked at setting up a shared trans-regional collaboration framework among all the health and e-health stakeholders to implement innovative chronic care pathways integrating research topics and research results.

The RICHARD project arose from the need to make healthcare systems more efficient while effectively managing their costs. The focus was on “regional healthcare systems”, where the main strategies and decisions are taken at a regional level, according to different processes governed by national or regional regulations. The ambition was to identify, enhance and even design new paradigms ICT based for the management of chronic diseases. Innovation paths were designed which took into consideration the potential and the needs of the territory.

The Project Consortium represented 4 EU regions with 15 partners:

  •  ITALY: Tuscany region, AUSL11 Empoli, Signo Motus srl, University of Siena;
  • SWEDEN: Umea University, County Council of Vasterbotten, Explizit;
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Bradford Municipality, Advanced Digital Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, Airedale Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
  • POLAND: Marshal’s Office of the Lodz region, Pixel Technology, University of Lodz, Pirogow Regional Specialist Hospital.