EuroTech Project ‚REACH‘ receives European funding

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REACH aims at building integrated, personalized physical activation, mobilization, and intervention products and services that are based on and connected to advanced sensing and prediction technology (Drawing: Chair of Building Realization and Robotics/ W. Pan & T. Bock)

The project abbreviation stands for Responsive Engagement of the Elderly Promoting Activity and Customized Healthcare. The proposal for this project was developed in 2015 and submitted under pillar 3 of H2020 in societal challenge 1 Personalized  Healthcare (PHC).

Given their scientific and organizational leadership, the four EuroTech Universities build the core of this project, which in total consists of 17 partners from higher education institutions and industry.

The proposal received an excellent evaluation with 15 out of 15 possible points. It is one of two projects singled out for funding among 176 submitted proposals.  The chair of building realisation and robotics from TUM is coordinating this project, with the total grant amounting to around 6 Million Euros.

The foundation for this project was laid during a EuroTech workshop on ‘personalised healthcare’ in 2013. On the occasion,  researchers from DTU, EPFL, TU/e and TUM met for the first time and started to develop the idea which led to the project REACH. During the four year’s life span of the project, the consortium will work on modular, personalized medical and ethically acceptable solutions integrated in and around buildings (home, care, care homes, clinical environments), which allow for an intelligent analysis of the health situation of elderly people (considering both personal medical history as well as real-time gathered data from a series of embedded sensors). On this basis, the project intends to develop suitable interventions (customized services and products for the living environment including physical activity, training, food and nutrition, mobility, motivation, etc.) to prevent a declining health status of the elderly and reduce long term care admissions.

The project’s ultimate goal is to contribute to making Europe a market leader in prevention technologies, services and underlying health care ICT platforms, while at the same time addressing the  cause of rising healthcare expenditures.