REHAB-LAB-4ALL

Twinning solution

Self-designed 3D printed assistive devices in Europe

Twinning type

Full adoption

Main policy priority

Digital tools for citizen empowerment and for person-centred care

Originator

Centre Mutualiste de Rééducation et de Réadaptation Fonctionnelles de Kerpape (France)

Adopter(s)

Azienda Provinciale per I Servizi Sanitaria, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Villa Rosa Rehabilitation Hospital, Pergine (Italy); Caserta Local Health Authority – Frailty Department (Italy); Sociedad Española para el Desarrollo de Sistemas de Comunicación Aumentativos y Alternativos (Spain); Dipartimento economia aziendale, sanità e sociale (DEASS), Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland); Fundatia Motivation Romania (Romania); Central Remedial Clinic, Clontarf (Italy)

Short description

REHAB-LAB-4ALL aims at (1) transferring an innovative 3D-printing laboratory concept born in France to three other European locations and (2) launching a collaborative IT platform to enable a long-term collaboration and feedback. The REHAB-LAB in the first place is a fabrication laboratory integrated in a healthcare organization where people with disability can design their own assistive devices using 3D printing. Hence, it is a person-centered care innovation using digital tools. “Kerpape” (the originator) is one of the biggest rehabilitation centers in France and the only one with an electronic laboratory inside, where dedicated staff launched the REHAB-LAB initiative 3 years ago. Now a REHAB-LAB is in full operation and transfer has been completed to 9 other institutions in France. As a result, the project is already based on practical experience and successful implementation, which give expectations for promising results also in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland and Romania.