The DemiCare consortium consists of 10 partners from 4 different countries: two research institutions (AIT, Vilans), four SMEs (KnowL, XUND, PAC, BLU) and four end-user organizations (GGZ,RAS,INRCA,TANG). The core footprint for the team covers the Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Romania.


The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria’s largest non-university research institute. With its seven Centers, AIT regards itself as a highly specialised research and development partner for industry. Its researchers focus on the key infrastructure issues of the future: Energy, Health & Bioresources, Digital Safety & Security, Vision, Automation & Control, Low-Emission Transport, Technology Experience and Innovation Systems & Policy. AIT is certified according to ISO 9001: 2000 and ISO 13485.

The Center for Technology Experience deals with fundamental questions on the interaction between people and technology. Based on interdisciplinary principles we investigate qualities, forms of interaction and new methods and tools. User experience research, experience driven innovation as well as new modalities of interaction have evolved into prominent and required building blocks towards future innovative and successful technologies, applications, and services.

Digital Health Information Systems (DHIS) group has over 15 years of experience in the use of ICT technologies in telemonitoring of chronically ill people. In addition, the DHIS team has acquired software and knowledge about the "Predictive Analytics Toolset for Health and Care (PATH)" in recent years and has used it in various project contexts. This toolset allows processing large amounts of data and applying AI to obtain reasonable information about clinical correlations.

AITs Medical Signal Analysis unit has an emphasis on bio-signal processing solutions for the clinical market. The bio-signal research group consists of 20 members with well proven expertise in the field of signal processing, digital health solutions and computer science.

XUNDenables healthcare companies to digitize patient interactions and transform unstructured data into real-world evidence. Founded in Vienna in 2018, the company’s flagship product is an AI-powered Medical API that provides symptom and risk assessment capabilities to help navigate patients to the best point of care. The underlying database is powered by proprietary NLP solutions that can analyze millions of medical publications.

The technology is among the first to be certified as a Class IIa medical device under the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and is used by market leading insurance, pharma and big tech companies.
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KnowL Solutions BV is a virtual first SME. We want to help to transform traditional health care based on averages and anecdotal evidence towards predictive, personalized medicine. The company has several brands:

  1. KnowL learning management system - SaaS platform to support employees with scientific knowledge, practical skills and a community of colleagues and experts
  2. MEDrecord - a certified, open and vendor neutral digital health platform to access patient data from mobile health and clinical devices, wearables and applications
  3. MedSafe - a certified Personal Health Environment in The Netherlands

Pacemaker is an Austrian StartUp and Joanneum Spin-Off in the field of Smartsole. The use of the Pyzoflex sensor technology brings decisive advantages in the field of Smartsole in terms of durability, costs and integration. The Smartsole is already available as a functional sample. The Pacemaker Smartsole is able to measure qualitative pressure distributions and process the data for various applications in life science and sports.

The Geriatric Health Centres (GGZ) are a competence centre for Geriatrics and Nursing. The GGZ comprise clinics, a hospice, nursing homes, day care centers as well as assisted living facilities. Within their research institute, the GGZ have been focusing on applied research in cooperation with universities and public health institutions. In the previous years the GGZ focused strongly on co-creation of health and care services for and with seniors and their caregivers.

Romanian Society for Support of Elderly and Sufferers with Alzheimer's Disease (Romanian Alzheimer Society - RAS), is a non-governmental, non-profit, humanitarian organization. RAS works in the community and provides social and medical assistance to the people affected by neurocognitive disorders.

RAS’s goals are to intervene directly at the community level, mediating the relationship between patient-family-society and to create modern systems of care and assistance for the elderly with mental disorders, especially neurodegenerative types. In its 24 years of functioning, RAS has implemented multiple projects in the field of caregiver information and education, early diagnosis, and interventions at the community level.

Bluepoint Consultingis a company established in Bucharest Romania comprising a team of experienced professionals, who for more than fifteen years support the successful implementation of banking IT transformations and provide robust as well as innovative solutions for banks and financial institutions of various sizes in South East Europe. The company focuses on professional services, core banking transformations, data warehouse and analytics for banks and financial institutions and utilizes a suite of world leading tools to make such complex transformations efficient and effective. In view of the aging of the European population we consciously invest in RTD for innovative and suitable IT services and solutions for the elderly and actively participate in the European Programs with the intention to develop and commercialize respective solutions, initially in our region, Central at South East Europe.

Tangenborgh is specialized in providing care for the elderly and focused on housing, care and welfare. Rooted in the Southeast Drenthe region, we are close to the people and we know our residents and customers and their wishes. As an expert in dementia care, we have laid the foundations nationwide for an innovative care approach for people with dementia. This gives us a head start in our healthcare services. The strength of our vision on care is that we translate our acquired expert knowledge and experience into the daily practice of the person in need of care. The customer is supported by technology in everyday life and quality of life. Technology helps to maintain and strengthen independence and self-management. Technology creates connections between people: customers, family, informal carers and healthcare professionals.

INRCA ( is one of the over 50 IRCCS (scientific institutes of excellence in different fields of health research) funded by the Italian Ministry of Health and, among them, the only one operating in the area of gerontology and geriatrics. The objectives of the institute are focused on active and healthy ageing, and the promotion of health and prevention of diseases in the older population. The national dimension of INRCA and its international network of contacts represent an “added value” and a point of reference in the study of ageing and of long-term care related issues, as recently confirmed by the fact that INRCA has been acknowledged as the coordinator of the National Longevity Network on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Health. Within INRCA, its Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing has gained substantial experience in large scale European and international projects on ageing-related issues. A specific asset is INRCA’s provision of day care services to older people with dementia and of support services to their family caregivers.

Vilans is the national organisation specialising in knowledge management for healthcare and support in the Netherlands. We want everyone to be able to live the life they want. This includes people who are dependent on care and support. We do this by sharing knowledge.

We focus on 3 challenges where we can make a difference with knowledge:

  • Putting people’s lives at the centre rather than the healthcare system.
  • Providing sustainable support and care with a reduced number of healthcare professionals.
  • Integrating technology as a logical step in support and care.

Vilans engages in innovation, research and development, dissemination, and implementation of good practices. Vilans is well-known in the Netherlands for running large scale and nationwide implementation programs, such as the National Dementia Program (in which in 90% of the Dutch regions integrated care networks were set up), the Care for Better Program (around 700 organizations participated in this quality improvement program) and Up to Care! (more than 300 long-term care organizations are currently being transformed to become more sustainable organizations).

Vilans has participated in several EU projects, as a scientific director (CARMEN, FP 5) and as participants in INTERLINKS and PROGRESS, and as an evaluation WP leader in the AAL Happy Walker project, the PALETTEV2 AAL project (2016-2019), and the eWARE AAL project (2017-2020). Vilans is the coordinator of the currently running AAL projects HAAL (HeAlthy Ageing eco-system for peopLe with dementia) and GUARDIAN (The social robot to support independent living). Is co-design workpackage leader in the AAL project RESILIEN-T and participant in the Interreg project Certification-D.

The DemiCare project has been funded by the Active and Assisted Living programme. AAL is a European programme funding innovation that keeps people connected, healthy, active and happy into their old age.

AAL supports the development of products and services that make a real difference to people’s lives - for those facing some of the challenges of ageing and for those who care for older people if they need help.

The project has an overall budget of 2.029.091,76 €, to which the AAL will contribute with 1.477.535,07 €