The Erasmus+ DISH project


The Hospital of Southern Jutland (SHS) covers an area of 235000 inhabitants of the Southern Denmark region, and performs about 430000 discharges per year. The hospital has a strong focus on innovation, research, and training of healthcare staff.

The Learning and Research Centre is the hospital department which generates innovative projects, among which projects related to the use of tele-medicine in the healthcare sector. Not only does the department lead or provide assistance to these projects, it also provides training to healthcare staff in the application of the relevant technologies. The project leader – Trine Ungermann Fredskild, has a PhD in technology in healthcare education and brings extensive experience in teaching (at both bachelor and master levels) and in project management.

South Denmark European Office (SDEO) was established in 2007 as a non-for profit partnership institution, and is a co-operation between the Region of South Denmark, the University of Southern Denmark and the 22 municipalities in the region, employing a total of 16 people.

The main development priorities for the Region of Southern Denmark are 1) Clean Energy and climate change and 2) Welfare innovation, focusing on both the health care sector and the social sector.

SDEO’s main objective is to create local and regional networks/partnerships and broad regional cooperation in order to develop and implement European projects, benefitting the citizens, the enterprises and other local and/or regional actors, in areas such as labour market development, regional development, competence development, enterprise networks and clusters, regional framework conditions, energy, environment and RTD.

SDEO has substantial experience in developing and managing European projects in close collaboration with partners from the South Denmark Region and has managed a substantial number of projects in this way since its establishment in 2007.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. HVL has a clear professional and working life-oriented profile. Through education, research and development we create new knowledge and expertise, anchored internationally and with solutions that work locally. HVL stretches over 5 campuses and 400 kilometers on the western coast of Norway and consists of four Faculties; Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Faculty of Engineering and Sciences. The university graduate over 3000 candidates annually and offers a broad range of academic programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels. HVL has approximately 16,000 students and 1,400 staff.

University College Lillebælt is one of 6 University Colleges in Denmark and is a merger of business academy and university college (2018). It is situated in the southern part of Denmark. It covers 8 campuses, 10.000 students and 1000 employees and offers 48 undergraduate degree programmes (majors, minors and certificates) e.g. professional bachelor degrees as social educator, teachers, nurses, social workers, radiographers, occupational therapists, physio therapists, biomedical laboratory scientists and public administrators. Various research programs support the educational activities in UCL. These are organised in three main Research Departments: Welfare Research, Health Research and Educational Research. Digital and technological competences are highly prioritised and focused in most programs.

The Danish Life Science Cluster works to translate the unique Danish research and knowledge within life science and welfare technology into new and better commercial solutions for the benefit of companies, healthcare, municipalities and citizens throughout Denmark.

Norwegian Smart Care Cluster (NSCC) is a cluster with more than 120 companies and 45 municipalities/government institutions as participants. The cluster has its origins in the Stavanger region, but our members are now from all over Norway and internationally.

NSCC focuses on research, innovation and business development in Smart Care (eHealth, digital health and related smart care disciplines) as a means of improving health and homecare services.

Our vision: Generating impact through Smart Care solutions

Our mission: We build the Norwegian health industry by promoting sustainable solutions that provide a better life for users as well as cost-effective and quality-assured deliveries of health & homecare services.

Vaksdal municipality is located on the west coast of Norway, between Bergen and Voss municipalities, with a population of 4127. The municipality have among 430 employees, and around 200 of them are health care workers. In the municipality we have two nursing homes and performing homecare services.

The Health Department Valencia-La Fe is one of the health provision areas belonging to the Health Care System of the Region of Valencia (Spain), under the umbrella of the Valencia Health Agency (AVS). This Health Department covers a concrete geographical area located in the south area of the city of Valencia and coordinates all the healthcare services provided in the territory, from primary to tertiary care, covering 300.000 inhabitants directly and a catchment area adding up to 515.000 persons. The Department has a central management based in the Hospital La Fe, the biggest reference hospital in the region and one of the most important centers in Spain. Additionally, the Health Department has large experience carrying out a set of pilots for validating the impact of integrated services and ICT-tools for chronic patients deployed as part of their service portfolio, and have been awarded with three starts as one of the Reference Sites of the European Partnership Initiative in Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA).The Health Department organizes its research through a Health Research Institute La Fe (HULAFE), whose role is to enable the realization of the research and innovation activities that could later contribute to the improvement of the actual health care processes and to perform any type of evaluation and piloting to be done within the health area. The research of excellence carried out at the HULAFE is patient-oriented and was accredited as a “Health Research Institute” by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation in 2009. The HULAFE comprises multidisciplinary and complementary research groups with consolidated expertise in cellular and molecular biology, cell culture, functional analysis imaging, “omics” and clinical research

UPV-SABIEN (Technological Innovation for Health and Well-Being) has an extensive expertise in the application of ICT to the social and healthcare systems, in Ambient Assisted Living technologies (AAL), Internet of Things (IoT) and process mining for healthcare in the development of tools, methods and algorithms that fit with the real needs of Healthcare Professionals. Also experience in reengineering and evaluation and validation of social and health care processes and solutions in real environments, not only dealing with the generation of indicators but also user and business centred data. The group is also responsible for several health related web sites, including several social webs, and it is very active in the health2.0 domain. UPV-SABIEN has contributed to the planning and deployment of eHealth services in the region, including the collaboration with the development of the Regional Strategic Telemedicine Plan (2010) and with the participation of the region and the National Health Ministry in the EPSOS project, providing technical support to the work developed in this initiative. The group is also active in standardization and technology support bodies such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the AALOA open association, and the platform eVIA (Spanish National technology Platform for Health, Wellbeing and Social Inclusion).

UPV-SABIEN forms part of the Institute of Applied Information Technologies and Advanced Communication (ITACA), affiliated to universitat Politècnica de València (UPV).

POLIBIENESTAR is a public research institute belonging to the University of Valencia (Spain) and it is made up of an interdisciplinary team (led by professor Jorge Garcés Ferrer) and more than 100 researchers coming from University of Valencia and other Spanish and international universities. Polibienestar also cooperates with universities and centres from the European Union, the United States, South America, Africa and Canada as well. Polibienestar is specialized in research, innovation and social technology, technical advice and training in the field of public policies. Its final mission is the improvement of the Welfare and Quality of Life of society. For twenty years now, it has been doing both basic and applied research on the economic, social, political and technical sustainability aspects of welfare systems. Polibienestar develops its work on several research areas such as health, smart cities, social and accessible tourism, social policy, governance and public administrations, and corporate economy.

European Connected Health Alliance (ECHA) is a multi-stakeholder international organization, facilitating connection and knowledge exchange among the players engaged in digital health innovation and deployment, driving sustainable change and disruption in the delivery of health and social care.

Active in 40+ regions/countries (Europe, USA, Canada, China), ECHA community gathers 600+ member organizations and reaches out 16,500+ experts among governments, health & social care providers, leading companies and start-ups, researchers, insurances, patient organizations, citizens and investors. Moreover, ECHA facilitates the creation of local, regional and national ecosystems whose components gather in quarterly meetings (100+ per year), as well as promotes and arranges international events.

EHMA is a Belgium based non-profit membership organisation that focusses on enhancing the capacity and capability of health management to deliver high quality healthcare.

EHMA has a 35-years strong tradition as an organisation for healthcare-providers, universities and others, operating at an international, European and national level, with a Membership of over 80 organisations and individuals and a broader network in excess of 4,000 professionals. Additionally, thanks to its Brussels office and its strong connections with key EU healthcare associations, EHMA is able to play a crucial role in linking researchers and research outputs to central actors at EU health policy level.

Centred on a wide health network of managers, educators, providers, researchers, citizens, innovators and policy makers, EHMA achieves its goals by making knowledge about evidence-based effective practice more accessible and by facilitating and supporting improvement.

EHMA’s activities revolve around three key workstreams: membership-focused work, including Special Interests Groups and network engagement; research and EU project work focused on dissemination and stakeholder engagement; and events and workshops, such as our Annual Conference or our Yearly Programme Directors’ Group Meeting.

NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) is made up of all 86 General Practices in the City of Liverpool with responsibility for investing a €1.5 billion annual budget on hospital and community health services, in a way which ensures the most effective services are available. It is responsible for planning health services across the City and to do this, works with NHS hospitals and community services, local authorities, civil society organisations, businesses, academia and citizens.

NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, it’s NHS and City Council partners aim to be amongst the top 10 most digitally advanced health and social care economies in Europe by 2020. We are transforming the way services are delivered through a channel shift in delivery models including scaled use of digital technology.

Edge Hill University is one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West of England, and home to the new Edge Hill University Medical School. Approximately 4,000 professionals are trained and educated every year in its Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, both as undergraduates and as highly experienced postgraduate practitioners.

Edge Hill University is based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester. The institution is well-established, providing higher education since 1885, and is ranked as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the UK government’s evaluation of excellence in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. Gold is the highest possible TEF rating, indicating that the institution is “of the highest quality found in the UK…delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students”.

Established in 2013, the eHealth Cluster Ltd. is a membership organisation and the only SME-led eHealth Cluster in the UK. We provide practical support to both technology and care organisations through collaborative cluster working, and accelerate the scale and pace of innovation by working across organisations in the public, private and third sectors. As an impartial broker, we engage with and support both technology SMEs and the long-term care sector, including providers within domiciliary, supported living and residential care; public bodies including the Local Authority and NHS; and academic bodies.  Recently we have supported the digitisation of homecare services for Liverpool City Council and are currently managing the implementation of the DCMS funded Liverpool 5G Testbed.

The University of Lübeck is a young university that started out as a medical university in 1964. Today, medicine (including other health professions) is still the university’s core. The spectrum has largely widened offering e.g. computer science, molecular life science, mathematics in medicine and life sciences, medical engineering, or clinical psychology, but the common element among the subjects still is their emphasis on life science, also mirrored by the university’s slogan “Focus on Life”.

The joint education of all important health professions i.e. nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, midwifery, and medicine at the university of Lübeck is unique in Germany. This concept serves to promote interprofessional and interdisciplinary cooperation.

At present there are more than 5,000 students and about 2,600 staff studying or working at the university, but the campus is much bigger as it encompasses both the Technical University of Applied Sciences and the University Hospital Schleswig Holstein.

The Nursing Research Unit is based at the Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology and offers a BSc programme “Nursing” as well as a MSc programme starting in 2019. Our research activities are mostly focused on clinical nursing care and education. We are founding member of the Center for Open Innovation in Connected Health (COPICOH;, an interdisciplinary research network combining clinical, methodological and computer science competencies.

BioCon Valley® GmbH is a cluster organisation for health economy in the German federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As a central contact and service provider, the company supports the players in the industry on behalf of the federal state and contributes to the economic and scientific profile of the location. BioCon Valley® GmbH is actively involved in networking and branch monitoring, project initiation and support, internationalisation and marketing of the health industry. Within this framework, the company organizes more than 70 specialist and thematic events per year – from small-sized industry meetings with a specialist audience to the annual National Conference on Health Economy with around 700 participants. The repertoire of the company also includes the realisation of business delegations with high-ranking political support and participation in leading international trade fairs. BioCon Valley® GmbH has 16 employees and is represented at two locations in Greifswald and Rostock.

The University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) with its locations in Kiel and Lübeck is one of the largest university hospitals in Germany and Europe. It serves to ensure maximum medical care in Schleswig-Holstein. Furthermore the UKSH combines international top research with interdisciplinary health care and the training of the next generation of health care professionals. The UKSH is, in the federal state of Schleswig Holstein (Germany), the only maximum care provider and largest employer. More than 14.000 employees in 80 clinics and institutes provide highly individual care with the entire spectrum of modern medicine and care for approximately 450.000 patients per annum. From 2017 on the UKSH organizes, together with IBM, Cisco and the Kieler Nachrichten, a Healthcare Hackathon. The goal is to program a digital product for the healthcare industry within 30 hours and to present innovative ideas concerning digital health solutions to a broad audience.

Foundation Klaster LifeScience Krakow is the non-profit organisation devoted to manage and coordinate the LifeScience Krakow cluster initiative (KLSK).

The objectives of the KLSK are:

  To support innovation and advancements in the life science field,

  To enable effective global connectivity and the optimization of existing potential of individuals and organizations,

 and to develop the resources and competences in the life science sector in order to effectively explore opportunities related to the development of a knowledge-based economy.

The network consists of institutions representing six areas of interests: biotechnology and life science business (BioF), research & development (R&D), science and education (Edu), healthcare (Med), business support (Biz) and local government (Gov).

DISH is a pan-European Sector Skills Alliance led by the Region of Southern Denmark (Hospital of Southern Jutland), and brings together 19 organizations in total. The consortium is well balanced in terms of involvement from healthcare providers to academia, as well as public and non-profit organizations:

  • Southern Jutland Hospital (SHS) Denmark (Link)
  • South Denmark European Office (SDEO) Denmark 
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) Norway
  • University College Lillebaelt (UCL) Denmark
  • Welfare Tech Denmark
  • Norwegian Smart Care Cluster (NSCC) Norway
  • Vaksdal Municipality Norway
  • The Health Department Valencia-La Fe (IISLAFE) Spain
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) Spain
  • Polibienestar Research Institute Spain
  • European Health Management Association (EHMA) Belgium
  • European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) Ireland
  • NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) United Kingdom
  • Edge Hill University (EHU) United Kingdom
  • E-Health Cluster LTD United Kingdom
  • Lübeck University (THL) Germany
  • BioCon Valley GMBH (BCV) Germany
  • University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) Germany
  • John Paul II Hospital (JP2) Poland

DISH project has received funding from the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, Action Type: Sector Skills Alliances (SSAs). The aim of this specific action is to design how to tackle skills, aligning vocational education and training (VET) systems with labour market needs. The three-year project began on 01 November 2018.