Digital solutions in the healthcare sector
More efficient procurement of innovative medical devices, digital services and IT systems through the collaboration of public hospitals and purchasing bodies can lower the pressure on health budgets while facilitating better value for money. Healthcare can greatly benefit from digitalisation such as data collection and analysis, patient monitoring or patient flow management. The COVID-19 pandemy showed the lack of digital responsiveness in times of crisis. A better digital healthcare can be developed for such situations where the health sector is under pressure and acute monitoring, management, and tracking are needed. In addition, societal and environmental sustainability will play a bigger role in the future as hospitals consume huge amounts of material resources and need to pay more attention to resource efficiency.
Focus of the Working Group
Remote patient monitoring/ tools for better data management and analysis
EIC ePitching session together with No-Fear consortium
22 July 2021
The working group participants together with the No-Fear Consortium met a selected number of EIC companies with innovative telemedicine solutions. In two rounds, ten suppliers had the chance to pitch their solutions to the procurers.
Webinar Series - "Cross-Border Collaboration on Strategic Value based Procurement of Innovative Solutions"
15 July 2021 & 14 September 2021
The Big Buyers working group got the chance to participate in two consecutive 2,5 hours webinar sessions in collaboration with the EURIPHI project. In the first session, participants could benefit from expert presentations on the topic of "A Revolution in Mind – A new Framework towards strategic procurement".
During the second session, health practitioners gave insights in their pragmatic implementation throughout Europe under the topic "A Revolution in Mind translated pragmatically in daily practice".
Past activities in this working group.
- EcoQuip - six leader-led innovation procurement projects, each of which address a particular healthcare challenge
- The EURIPHI (European Innovative Procurement of Health Innovation) Coordinating and Supporting Action (CSA) ended in June 2020. The project aimed to build out a common vision on the use of Value Based Innovation Procurement as a strategic tool fostering innovation. Since June 2020, actions have been put in place to ensure the sustainability of the results achieved during the project.
Objectives of the working group
- Provide networking opportunities for the big buyers and explore collaborations
- Mapping of upcoming procurement plans and values of involved entities
- Defining and sharing procurement criteria
- Organise market dialogues
- Capacity building/ training
- Accelerating acquisition of innovative digital healthcare solutions
- Support market options availability for EU peripheral regions
- Support R&D efforts of suppliers by further understanding entities current and future needs.
National Centralized Health Procurement Authority Greece
Cagliari University Hospital
Ministry for Health Malta - Central Procurement Supplies Unit (CPSU)
PiPPi project (Horizon 2020)
Healthcare Without Harm Europe
Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research (BIOEF)
Consorci de Salut i Social de Catalunya
Observatory on Management of Public Procurement and contracts in Health Care (MASAN), Cergas SDA Bocconi