Emergency Medical Services in Europe are characterised by a pluralistic landscape with diverse organizational setups, professional standards, coordination mechanisms and actors. Against this background iProcureSecurity seeks to identify the major challenges the system’s diversity poses to the capability of working together and deliver technical requirements for the development of innovative products and solutions in the EMS field.
Emergency Medical Services in Europe are characterised by a pluralistic landscape with diverse organizational setups, professional standards, coordination mechanisms and actors which result from different historical and institutional contexts in EU member states. However, diversity is united by the common aim of providing timely care to victims of sudden and life-threatening injuries, emergencies or disasters in cross-border settings and international humanitarian missions. Fostering the response capacities and increasing the cooperation of the European Emergency Medical Services Systems (EMSS) is of decisive importance for strengthening the resilience of European societies in the light of multiple hazards thus calling for close cooperation of public safety and health authorities on an international level.
The iProcureSecurity project seeks to tackle these challenges at the local as well as at EU levels by identifying the current capability gaps and innovation needs of the EMS Ecosystem in Europe and creating a pan-European network of practitioners engaged in knowledge exchange to enhance their capabilities and steer harmonization throughout the EU. Based on the collected findings, the preparation of a Pre-Commercial Procurement project will be initiated enabling solution providers to participate on an equal footing in the process and develop innovative solutions for the EMS field.
The project’s main objectives are:
- MOBILISE practitioners of emergency medical services, researchers and experts from the field to build synergies among existing actor constellations and initiate knowledge exchange.
- CREATE an interactive platform to list and showcase innovative solutions and to facilitate online collaboration between the consortium and external stakeholders.
- ANALYSE the European medical emergency services ecosystem, it’s capability gaps, challenges and needs, monitor R&D initiatives to create a catalogue of innovative solutions.
- ADRESS legal issues, ethical and societal aspects that should be considered by the design, development and deployment of new solutions in the emergency medical field.
- PROVIDE specifications about common requirements and technical tender documents for the procurement of R&D, ready-to-use by the upcoming PCP action and external procurers.
- DISSEMINATE the project activities and outcomes through continuous and multiple channels and communication means targeting practitioners and R&D providers from all over Europe.
iProcureSecurity will start in May 2019 and will end in December 2020. The project has a consortium of a total 10 partners from 7 countries including SYNYO GmbH (project coordinator), Austria; JOHANNITER INTERNATIONAL (Belgium), SERVICIO MADRILEÑO DE SALUD (Spain), JOHANNITER AUSBILDUNGS UND FORSCHUNGS GEMEINNÜTZIGE GMBH (Austria), ACIL AMBULANS HEKIMLERI DERNEĞI (Turkey), HELLENIC SOCIETY OF EMERGENCY PREHOSPITAL CARE (Greece), FUNDACION PARA LA INVESTIGACION BIOMEDICA HOSPITAL INFANTIL UNIVERSITARIO NINO JESUS (Spain), ITALIAN RESUSCITATION COUNCIL (Italy), EUROPEAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, and the TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (Ireland).
SYNYO is responsible for the Project management and coordination. This includes tasks like the management of data privacy and ethical issues but also project finalization. In addition, SYNYO is in charge of the implementation of the Open Information Hub available via www.iprocuresecurity.eu including the design of the front end with appealing visualisation targeting all project stakeholders. Last, the project coordinator is responsible of creating the project website, dissemination materials and the exploitation strategy.
Emergency Medical Services, EMS practitioners, capability gaps, innovation needs, innovation solutions, innovation procurement