National Directorate General for Hospitals (NDGH) organized the 2nd Regional multi-Stakeholder Group (RMG) meeting of the Interreg Europe HoCare project on 13th July2022.

The first part of the online RMG meeting was dedicated to introduce the prototype of a remote monitoring application app designed for mobile phones that can significantly assists family members and doctors who need homecare for their elderly relatives living with dementia and Alzheimer. Dr. Ágnes Kázár, family doctor from the city of Miskolc, presented the Smart Care Home app –called: “at home with dementia” which was developed by her and her family members and can enable elderly people even diagnosed with medium-severe dementia to maintain and carry on their independent living in their own living environment for as long as possible. The app is a combination of a sensor based home alarm system (monitoring environmental safety based on the needs of the elderly, sending alerts if a meal or medicine intake have been skipped or the front door hasn’t been closed in the evening) matched with a personal assistant "Cortext Calendar", a personalised personal assistant function which is based on context scenarios, and can monitor the daily schedule of an elderly patient with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Following the overview of the “at home with dementia” app Mr. Attila Beitner, head of unit from the Deputy State Secretariat for the Implementation of Economic Development Programmes of the Prime Minister’s Office, spoke about planned financial engineering instruments which will be available to boost innovative services/products and R&D within the Economic and Innovation Development Operational Programme (EDIOP) especially focusing on those future calls which will be earmarked for fine tuning and clinical testing of already designed innovative products, apps and prototypes. The event ended with a vivid workshop discussion on how SME-s, local municipalities with the involvement of patient representative NGO-s can innovate products or develop services in the light of the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic, and what type of calls would be ideal for further development to foster R&D and innovative services/products development in the new EU MFF for 2021-2027.