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Innovative procurement of mobile solutions for heart failure patients

Both in Denmark and Europe there is a large focus on innovative procurement methods such as pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public-private-innovation in the public arena. The purpose of using innovative procurement instead of traditional public tenders is to create better value and growth by collaboration on development of appropriate solutions between private companies and public institutions. By joining forces on collaboration the public partner can help define the solution they need and the private companies will have a better chance of creating a product that has real market value and fits the need of the end user. 

The Danish Market Development Fund helps enterprises bring their new products to the market faster and makes it easier for public sector institutions to obtain innovative solutions. DKK 135 million is allocated for the Market Development Fund each year from 2013 up to and including 2015.

CIMT and OUH has received funding to carry out a PCP project in 2014-2015. The funding is primarily meant to cover the initial phases of the procurement process which is more demanding than in a traditional tender process to motivate public institutions to try using PCP as a procurement method.

The funding will be used to cover the phases of needs assessment, definition of technical requirements, clinical demands etc..

The PCP project that OUH will carry out will be part of the Unwired Health project, where two other European partners are involved and the three regions together will launch an international PCP for development of mobile solutions for heart failure patients. This project has received funding for the actual procurement and development processes where companies who participate get funding for their development activities, but there isn’t funding to cover for the preparatory phases for the procurers.

The project was initiated in January 2014 with the preparation of the PCP. The joint PCP tender document is expected to be published in the spring of 2015.



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