ESR12: Development and implementation of Smart Solutions

Work package 3
ESR Sofia Bastoni
Supervisor Prof. Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen & Prof. Robbert Sanderman
Co-supervisor Prof. Andrea Gaggioli, Dr. Nienke Beerlage
Host institution University of Twente, the Netherlands
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Objectives: To evaluate the process of multidisciplinary development across countries and ITN projects

The ESR is involved in multiple projects (in particular ESR6, ESR8-9, ESR11) and the WP3 acts as a connector between the different projects providing lessons learned about multidisciplinary and holistic development in different settings and contexts. Because evaluations of research/design processes is needed in various projects throughout this ITN, this would be a ‘natural’ way to exchange procedures, logbooks on research projects, decisions, data and so forth. An agile roadmap model could be conceived in which certain info on projects (formative evaluations) is continuously shared. The ESR will use an agile science approach to iteratively develop and test what evidence can be collected to create an implementation model to facilitate up-scaling of the generated ICT solutions, this will be done in close cooperation with industrial partners (from the network of University of Twente, such as NEDAP Healthcare). The evidence will be collected using the Roadmap (CeHReS) and accompanied instruments for value based development. We aim to create a multidisciplinary framework to guide the development of innovative ICT solutions that are implementable (sustainable, up scalable) in a wider context (across projects; disciplines). We will use a communication platform to share information and to show the progress in research, building on the results of InformCare, a platform (ESR 11) to share experiences and knowledge but in need to upscale and redesign it to engage ITN partners to cooperate. The ESR will interview involved partners to establish a sound roadmap to implement products and services, to provide a digital environment for communicating findings and to develop international training programmes.

Expected Results

This project provides 1) a roadmap to implement products and services aimed at supporting informal caregiving. The roadmap provides concrete steps (milestones) to create products for practice, affordable and innovative to be commercialized. The CEHRES model will be upgraded with insights and knowledge from design to inspire and engage willingness to care in different contexts, including projects across countries (see project WP2, ESR6, ESR8-9, ESR11). The project delivers 2) a dissemination & training environment via the Centre for eHealth Research ( The dissemination will be further deployed via the eHealth Implementation centre (University of Twente, University Medical Center Groningen).


Bastoni, S., Wrede, C., da Silva, M. C., Sanderman, R., Gaggioli, A., Braakman-Jansen, A., & van Gemert-Pijnen, L. (2021). Factors Influencing Implementation of eHealth Technologies to Support Informal Dementia Care: Umbrella Review JMIR aging, 4(4), e30841.

Bastoni, S., Wrede, C., Ammar, A. , Braakman-Jansen, A. , Sanderman, R., Gaggioli, A., Trabelsi, K., Masmoudi, L., Boukhris, O., Glenn, J. M., Bouaziz, B., Chtourou, H. , van Gemert-Pijnen, L., & ECLB-COVID19 Consortium (2021). Psychosocial effects and use of communication technologies during home confinement in the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic in Italy and the Netherlands. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(5), [2619].


Host Secondment supervisor Aim Duration
Catholic University of Milan, Italy Prof. Giuseppe Riva To learn about psychological (individual) impacts of implementation of Smart Solutions 3 months
Eurocarers, Belgium Stecy Yghemonos To learn about eHealth implementation from informal caregivers’ perspective 3 months