Digital healthcare services’ multi-sided platform (MSP) is a digital ecosystem for organizing collaboration and control based on software, hardware, and services, without taking ownership of the services whose exchanges it facilitates through diverse inter-organizational interactions. In this way an MSP creates an effect of shared economy and thus greater accessibility, affordability, security and quality of life. 

Most famous examples of the multi-sided platforms are services such as Uber, Facebook and AirBnB. Although MSP is a game-changer in different business sectors, it is still very rarely applied in healthcare: only some partially similar solutions have been created in France (Doctolib and in Germany (Otto Bock Health 

Thus there is an urgent need to advance research and innovations on the application of multi-sided platform (MSP) in digital health care, in order to utilize digital technologies for the sake of valuebased, learning Healthcare sector. 

The overall objective of the DiHECO project is to build the capacities for Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) to conduct high-quality research in the field of digital healthcare management and in particular digital healthcare services’ multi-sided platforms.

DiHECO meets KTU’s needs through five specific objectives:

Objective 1. Implement experience-based learning through carrying out high-quality small-scale research and innovation initiatives in the field of multi-sided platforms of digital healthcare services.

Objective 2. Apply for grants to fund respective digital healthcare management research and collaborative projects involving KTU.

Objective 3. Develop the capacities for research and innovation management and administration at KTU.

Objective 4. Transfer KTU’s research outputs to digital healthcare ecosystem stakeholders.

Objective 5. Build capacities for offering better career prospects to early-stage researchers and step up in gender equality.

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Period of project implementation: 01-12-2020 - 30-11-2023

Organisations we follow closely

eHealth experts

The European Commission created two expert groups working on eHealth: the eHealth Stakeholder Group and a temporary eHealth Task Force.
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EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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The programme on research, development and innovation

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European Health Telematics Association

EHTEL is the one multi-stakeholder organisation within Europe that brings together organisations and individuals engaged in all aspects of eHealth.
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European Institute of Innovation and Technology

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International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth

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International Medical Informatics Association

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 952012.