inCASA for SMEs
Posted by on 22 November 2010 00:41
SMEs are valuable contributors to the value chain in the social care and healthcare environment, mainly because they tend to be flexible and dynamic and in addition they have a great capacity for innovation. SMEs could provide breakthrough solutions which can play an important role in the life of the inCASA solution, during the inCASA project, and beyond.

inCASA leads towards a world leading position for European industry and in particular involves SMEs in new markets for innovative, integrated ICT based products, services and systems for independent living supporting the ageing population. The health domain and its three main industries, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and eHealth, are dominant economic sectors with respect to employment creation and growth.

The “social care” market is rapidly increasing and new SMEs are arising in this field, following the modern citizen centric focused vision and therefore contributing to introduce a wider concept of “Care”, integrating Social and Health worlds.
The inCASA model, based on ontology concept, allows rapid development and deployment of innovative telemedicine and eHealth applications, which will promote innovation in European healthcare industry. It is of particular interest to innovative SMEs where containment of development cost is critical and where SMEs can interoperate with the inCASA platform in order to deliver specific healthcare value added services.

Same as social care related SMEs, empowered by technologies and looking for integration to eHealth platforms, could give a big boost to inCASA solution providing a new merged concept of “eCare” service delivery.

inCASA purposely involves SMEs for their innovative approaches. This includes one SME in the core aspect of the system architecture definition and realisation and two SMEs are involved in the key aspects of the deployment strategy definition. This may not provide an accurate estimate of the final involvement and participation of SMEs in the industry, but we would foresee a notable impact.
Although healthcare and social care services in some EU countries are covered by the national system of social security, this is not the general case. This presents many niche markets for services to the elderly.

The new business models, with public private partnerships bringing together payers, providers and patients in new constellations, will greatly impact European industries and the way they see the business potential in eCare. The policy framework and reimbursement recommendations developed in inCASA will be followed in the pilots, resulting in stimulation of the market for service delivery.

See also...

inCASA for Senior Citizens
inCASA for Scientific Communities
inCASA for Service Providers