D5 - Evaluation and Business Models on SHAFE

Deliverable 5

Today, massive societal changes, such as demography or ageing, and transformative technologies promise that the implementation of Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments (SHAFE) is possible through political will, social awareness and vision. This document offers a suite of evaluation instruments and insights into the business models for advancing the SHAFE implementation and the development of SHAFE ecosystems. The purpose of this deliverable is to provide a way of understanding that innovation is to be embedded also in the evaluation and business models in order to advance technological innovation, the change needed in the health and care systems and in the age of urban environments.

There is evidence of significant progress having been made in creating a functioning and successful SHAFE environment. However, this growth is limited by legislative complexities, country differences, and not having a set of toolboxes for conducting proper evaluations of the country/regional SHAFE ecosystems, innovation programs and impacts. Removing the limiting factors would increase the attractiveness of SHAFE for decision-makers, thus creating a more resilient milieu for SHAFE promotion.

The study opens with three key areas of instruments necessary to develop the sustainability of SHAFE:

  1. For evaluating the SHAFE ecosystem implementation
  2. For evaluating the effectiveness of the innovative programs
  3. For Social, Economic and Environmental impacts of SHAFE.

Business Models in SHAFE for integrated health and care and for the new assistive technologies are presented. The conclusions section refers to business models and policy and funding recommendations that are relevant for offering the sustainability of the SHAFE ecosystems.