The North West Europe (NWE) CHANCE project, funded by Interreg Europe, focused on the development and validation of promising integrated eHealth applications combined with nanotechnology for hospitalisation of heart failure patients at home. It brought stakeholders together from the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK to co-create the knowledge needed to get innovation in home hospitalisation to happen in the north and west of Europe.

The project contributed to develop the capabilities of SMEs and get them more involved in cooperative projects in the NWE Interreg region.

  • Pilots ran in three different hospitals to test technologies and organisational changes.
  • The project facilitated the process of co-creation through living labs, and an Innovation Hub for knowledge exchange and collaboration was launched.
  • The project delivered an Implementation Roadmap to multiply the innovations in other regions and initiate similar projects.

Ultimately, the project ambitions were for outcomes to have an impact within five and ten years after the project’s end.

Digital Health Strathclyde

Impact & value

  • Supported the development of new systems of care within the Innovation Hub by combining the forces of SMEs, hospitals and universities with state-of-the-art eHealth technologies;
  • Ensured sustainability through the co-creation of a business plan and roadmap for future care;
  • Facilitated knowledge exchange and collaboration through the development of an online library and network of Living Labs, sharing this emerging knowledge with Hospital at Home services in Scotland.
To develop and validate eHealth applications for admitting patients at home is one thing. To stimulate sustainable future developments and validation of eHealth technologies for hospitalisation at home in North West Europe is another league. DHI has proven to be a valuable and trustworthy partner within a consortium that primarily consists of technology and health care partners. DHI provides the essential know how and expertise for developing our innovation hub.

Astrid van der Velde PhD

Project Leader, NWE-Chance

Progress to Date

In November 2019 DHI hosted the NWE CHANCE Mid Term Conference as part of the Digital Health and Care Fest. The event was attended by project partners from Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and a guest speaker from Italy, and attracted 25 delegates from Scotland, giving them access to a new network of experienced clinicians, academics, and industry representatives working in Europe in the Hospital at Home domain. 

Work on the Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) commenced in May 2020 and was launched and presented at DigiFest 2021 in December 2021. 

The final NWE-Chance conference was hosted by AgeingFit 2022 in Lille, France in March 2022 at a special joint event with Passion HF.  Presentations included; the challenges faced in caring for patients in a home setting; the Hospitalisation at Home Platform and its openness to third party access, the clinical and organsiational feasibility study and the Digital Innovation Hub.

View the presentations from the final conference

In the next year, the DHI will initiate a "Hospital at Home" project with NHS Lanarkshire, bringing into play the knowledge gained through this collaborative work.  

Next Steps

The Digital Innovation Hub for Home Hospitalisation will continue to be developed guided by a DIH Advisory Group with representation from the NWE-Chance project partners.

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