Despite the attention surrounding the recent COVID-19 pandemic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death and healthcare expense. Often such diseases have their origins in unhealthy lifestyles developed in youth.
SmartCHANGE is a Horizon-Europe Research & Innovation project dedicated to the development of powerful AI-enabled long-term risk prediction models for cardiovascular and metabolic disease in young people aged 5–19, an age group where unhealthy lifestyle habits are prevalent. In doing so, SmartCHANGE will make a strong contribution to the UN Sustainable Goal of lifelong Good Health and Well-Being for our citizens.
Effective communication and dissemination are essential in the SmartCHANGE project, which aims to empower young people to build a healthier future by addressing health risks and promoting positive lifestyle changes. Trust-IT, with its extensive experience in healthcare technology projects such as Panacea, is responsible for overseeing the project's events programme, designing and implementing promotion activities, and creating the main website portal that serves as the initiative's flagship online presence and reference point.
Trust-IT's role in SmartCHANGE includes several key activities:
In addition, Trust-IT is involved in the SmartCHANGE Proof-of-concept study, which involves recruiting participants from four diverse sites in the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, and Slovenia. Trust-IT is responsible for designing and implementing recruitment procedures and developing a detailed strategy for each site. The outcomes of the study will be analysed and evaluated, with Trust-IT contributing to the analysis of user experience and usability of the SmartCHANGE applications.
SmartCHANGE develops an ecosystem to provide tools for improving children's risk prediction of lifetime CVD (cardiovascular disease) and metabolic disease, AI trustworthiness, citizens-health professionals data exchange and interaction, as well as the implementation of recommendations, and training. Thanks to this ecosystem, SmartCHANGE will impact the ability of its stakeholders to share knowledge, taking data-driven, evidence-based, and inclusive decisions that leave no one behind. Through its communication and dissemination efforts, Trust-IT ensures SmartCHANGE contributions to society by raising awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and empowering citizens to better manage their health by changing unhealthy behaviours.
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