Key results

The key results of the MEDiATE project can be summarized as follows:

  • We have developed a prototype 1) allowing to interconnect heterogenous communication platforms and supports ; 2) conveying the basic functionalities developed for the pilot tests, namely:
    • message exchange among all tier players of the senior ecosystems, from simple notifications to more critical message such as service requests and alerts,
    • agenda and calendar management
    • elearning options
  • We have involved users of all kinds (seniors, formal and informal care-givers, tier 3 level players) at all stages of the project, making it truly user-consistent and in fact, we have tested the prototype with real users in several contexts (pilots)
  • We have acknowledged and made the best of cultural and institutional differences encompassed in the different countries participating in the project, completely opening the way for a completely pan-European platform
  • We have observed and met a lot of institutional barriers to the adoption of a meta-platform such as MEDiATE, due to corporate self-protection or territorial control objectives, but finally made it through, most of the time, with ad hoc proposals
  • We have developed a series of theoretical reflections on business modelling thanks to the originality of MEDiATE as a pivotal service, a series of results which is going to be part of international debates and research efforts for some time, but also translating these reflections into applicable tracks to business exit and eventually the commercialisation of MEDiATE
  • We have disseminated information all along the way on the problems we wanted to tackle, the solutions we were developing and the results as as they appeared at the end of the project, through : media presence, shared or proper conferences and workshops, video documents and scientific publications (see « Dissemination »)
  • We have built upon existing Living Labs and opened ways for developing new ones, sharing intermediate results and issues in two dedicated workshops (ENOLL and AAL), leaving open many stimulating objectives for further encounters in this respect
  • We have developed elearning capacities, in phase with MEDiATE objectives (helping care-givers for elderly-related problems to be coped with), testing and identifying ways forward for more, in terms of diversity of topics and variety of training contexts and forms

We believe that we have innovated and contributed to enhance chances for elderly-centered ecosystems to better function thanks to the tools and procedures we have created and tested, allowing for communication, requests of services and coordination among all stakeholders to become more effective, and in particular those actions and expectations involving an efficient interaction between formal and informal care-givers.