400w-CHESS-logo-with-text18 partner organisations from 8 European countries including universities, companies and healthcare providers have come together to redesign researcher education for connected health.  6 of the 8 core funded partners are members of the ENJECT cost action.

CHESS (the Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System) has been funded to the tune of €3.9 million Euro under the Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme.   CHESS will develop connected health scientists and champions who understand multiple domains, can communicate in an interdisciplinary world and can operate across the education, industry, health and policy sectors.  It will include intersectoral secondments, interdisciplinary communication skills, public engagement and outreach with particular focus on patient, clinician and policy-maker audiences.

While developing and supporting these emerging connected health scientists and champions, CHESS will also deliver a comprehensive research programme that seeks to fill some of the key gaps in Connected Health research to-date.

Connected Health combines state-of-the-art technologies, tools, methodologies, and analytics to create a new health management model by connecting people and actionable information in a health care system that gathers, links, interprets, and consolidates information from various sources Faster, more accurate communication between GPs, hospitals, allied healthcare, and other stakeholders means that clinicians can make contextual decisions and communicate health and treatment options to patients. CH creates an environment where patients are treated in the best location by the best practitioner using the most relevant and efficient methods saving money and lives while ensuring a better quality of life during and post-treatment.

CHESS lead principal investigator, Professor Brian Caulfield, University College Dublin, Ireland, outlines the need for CHESS:

“Despite a clear need articulated repeatedly at national and international levels and the evident promise of CH solutions, implementation of end-to-end CH solutions in everyday management of health is not widespread across Europe.  CHESS will work to better understand and address some of these challenges through 15 networked research projects.”