HEAlthier Cities through Blue-Green Regenerative Technologies: the HEART Approach

European and international cities face crucial global geopolitical, economic, environmental, and other changes. All these intensify threats to and inequalities in citizens’ health. The HEART project will focus its research efforts on a specific range of diseases, such as mental disorders (including stress, anxiety, depression), cardiovascular-related diseases (examples are hypertension or arrhythmia), obesity, diabetes, asthma, and allergies.

HEART’s integrated approach aims to systematically improve urban health and reduce health disparities through an innovative Blue-Green-Solutions-based implementation mechanisms of urban planning that embraces and promotes the health and the wellbeing as a key-planning criterion. HEART aims to use medical evidence in clinical and non-clinical setting. For all clinical studies a sufficient ground of individuals will be selected to participate. Each case study will include approx. 800 individuals that will be selected by the medical and social experts of the consortium under the supervision of the local medical centers. Most of the recruited persons to participate in the demonstration phase will be equipped with the proposed wearable devices.

HEART is altering the conventional approach to urban planning and revitalization. To achieve this, HEART aims at engaging local communities to map the needs and challenges and to express their expectations/preferences so that delivered solutions are planned/created together and finally embraced by the citizens.

An integrated platform will be provided by BioAssist S.A., that enables the provision of independent assisted living and vital signs monitoring services that incorporates Electronic Health Records for its members. This technology is leveraging innovative technologies to address the needs of chronic patients, and utilizes smart devices and a variety of non-invasive sensors that:

  • Monitor their physical, physiological, and emotional status
  • Allow detection and management of potentially dangerous situations
  • Motivate them to engage in social and self-caring activities
  • Model their behavior to improve self-management

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HEART has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program H2020-EU.3.1.2, under grant agreement No 945105.

Other HEARTers are:

  1. National Technical University of Athens (Project Coordinator)
  2. Ethniko kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon, Medical Department, Attiko Panepistimiako Nosokomeio (Attikon Hospital)
  3. University of Warsaw, Institute for Social Studies
  4. European Health Management Association
  5. Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
  6. Amphi International
  7. Geosystems Gmbh
  8. Resilience Guard Gmbh
  9. Mikser Association
  10. RISA Sicherheitsanalysen Gmbh
  11. BioAssist
  12. Sentio Labs
  13. EnPlus d.o.o.
  14. Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut”
  15. Ministry of Health – National Health Operations Center
  16. Region Midtjylland – Marselisborgcentret- City of Aarhus
  17. Clinical-Hospital Centre “Dr Dragisa Misovic-Dedinje”
  18. City of Belgrade – Grad Beograd
  19. Region of Attica – Perifereia Attiki