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PULSE Report Summary

Project ID: 607799
Funded under: FP7-SECURITY
Country: Ireland

Periodic Report Summary 1 - PULSE (Platform for European Medical Support during major emergencies)

Project Context and Objectives:
European Health Services (EHS) is one of the core emergency response services to deadly threats such as pandemic disease and terrorism attacks in Europe. The EHS comprises key stakeholders that include hospitals, community health services, pre-hospital emergency care services, medical suppliers, rescue services, health related voluntary services and others. It is crucial to the EHS that it remains in an excellent state of preparedness supported by first-class planning and decision support tools. Moreover, in the response phase, EHS need consistent, co-ordinated and standardised advanced support methods and tools providing support in critical tasks like e.g. early threat detection, common operational picture, creation of surge capacity etc. Finally, at a pan European level, EHS also requires an interoperable framework with the ability to provide a co-ordinated European response to any major medical incident. The PULSE project (PULSE) aims to meet these challenges.

PULSE is driven by the 7th Framework Programme THEME SEC-2013.4.1-4: Development of decision support tools for improving preparedness and response of Health Services involved in emergency situations. Seven partners from five European Countries are involved:
• Skytek Limited - Ireland
• Centre for European Security Strategies (CESS) - Germany
• Onest Solutions - Romania
• Trilateral Research & Consulting - United Kingdom
• Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Curore (UCSC ) - Italy
• Selex ES SPA - Italy
• Health Services Executive (HSE)/Inter Agency Emergency Management Office (IAEMO) – Ireland (not approved yet)

PULSE objectives are:
1. To develop a standardised approach to improving preparedness, response and decision making across Europe for specific major medical emergencies.
2. To provide an EU wide operational and technical framework to enable risk managers to undertake a threat analysis situation assessment and forecast and to react accordingly with effective decision making, resources and logistics planning, assignment and control.
3. To develop innovative technology and tools to support preparedness, response and decision making and present a common operational picture to emergency personnel
4. To identify how improved legislation, directives and guidelines across Europe could improve decision making, preparedness and co-operation across , taking into consideration the protection of human rights and social norms. A pan European roadmap will be developed.
5. To develop an open operational and technical platform which will define, develop and validate procedures and processes, develop architecture and a set of technologies and tools to improve –by design– the preparedness, reliability and preparedness of European states to manage a medical crisis.
6. To develop a draft suite of European standard for large scale medical emergency including ‘common vocabulary and definitions’ – suitable for Europe and an integral part of our dissemination strategy.
7. To promote PULSE and the project results – timely and efficiently disseminate the project results; implement feasibility study and environmental analysis for effective exploitation of the project results.

The PULSE platform will be designed with respect to two specific scenarios: a stadium crush at a large concert in Dublin, Ireland and a SARS-like epidemic in Italy. Both will involve cross-border support from neighbouring countries.

Project Results:
The PULSE project beganformally in June 2014. The project can be divided into two phases:

This report covers work carried out and main results from phase 1 of the PULSE project, which is from months 1 to 18 (i.e. June 2014 to November 2015) .
Phase 1 – Specification, design & development. Work performed during this phase included;
• project kick off
• gathering of end user requirements
• specification of Use Cases
• identification of training requirements
• development of PULSE models,
• detailed design of the architectural components of the PULSE system, and
• development of validated operational procedures
These were supported by the establishment of a solid project management approach to ensure effective leadership in the management and technical aspects of the project. The legal, ethical and societal considerations in the technologies and methodologies have been closely aligned with this work throughout phase 1. Finally work was carried out on the development of a dissemination plan for PULSE, while dissemination activities have also been a feature of this phase.
Phase 2 – Demonstration & dissemination. Initial planning also began for the development of an integrated prototype that will be demonstrated in the two scenarios.

Main results of this work are summarised below:

Area = Project Deliverables
Description of Work Performed = All deliverables as outlined in the Description of Work (DOW) have been delivered for the period reported. A full description of work performed for each deliverable is outlined in Section 2.
Main Results Achieved = All design and development phases deliverables’ were achieved

Area = Project Kick Off
Description of Work Performed = The PULSE consortium partners gathered in Dublin on 1st& 2nd June 2014 for the official kick off of the project.
Main Results Achieved = 1st formal face to face working session for consortium team

Area = End-User Workshop
Description of Work Performed = The end-user workshop was held in Rome on 18th July 2014. End-user inputs were gathered from across Europe Ireland, Italy, Romania UK and Germany as well as a Pan-European Agency.
Main Results Achieved = Outputs used to identify architectural-level specifications of PULSE

Area = PULSE Content Management System (PCMS)
Description of Work Performed = The Pulse Content Management system (PCMS) is a web portal for all partners i.e. that was launched in August 2014. The PCMS enables each partner to access and exchange project information.
Main Results Achieved = A simple and easy to use internal project repository & communications tool

Area = 6 Monthly Consortium Meetings
Description of Work Performed = Meetings were held in December 2014 and in April 2015. The meetings focused on a review of deliverables to date, planning and discussions for the next phase of the project.
Main Results Achieved = Close collaboration of partners to ensure meeting of deliverable & milestones

Area = Work Package Side Meetings
Description of Work Performed = Work package side meetings were held during the period to ensure that project deliverables were met. Full details are available in Section 3.
Main Results Achieved = Close collaboration of partners to ensure meeting of deliverables

Area = PULSE website
Description of Work Performed = The PULSE project website is scheduled for delivery in Month 20. The consortium decided to have this up and running sooner by July 2015 (Month 14).
Main Results Achieved = Early delivery of PULSE website by 6 Months

Area = Legal, ethical and societal impact stakeholder identification
Description of Work Performed = Trilateral have co-ordinated the identification of a list of stakeholders from a wide range of relevant organisations to engage with in developing the PULSE ethical impact assessment findings and recommendations.
Main Results Achieved = Delivery of comprehensive list of stakeholders relevant to the project for future engagement

Area = Dissemination Activities
Description of Work Performed = Consortium partners have identified and undertaken a number of dissemination opportunities for the PULSE project . These are listed on the EU portal. There have also been ongoing discussions with other EU projects as per section 3.2.1 in Core of the Report.
Main Results Achieved = Ongoing dissemination of PULSE

Potential Impact:
The overall objective of PULSE is to improve the preparedness and response of Health Services involved in emergency situations to mitigate the loss of life and improve survival rates among mass casualties. The expected impacts of the PULSE project are;
• Improved preparedness of Health Services
• Improved response of Health Services
• Improved cross-border co-operation
• A comprehensive set of operating procedures & processes
• A comprehensive set of tools
• A comprehensive set of training tools
• Improved logistics
• Improved understanding of legal, ethical and social issues in major emergency management
• Improved understanding of public acceptance in major emergency management

In addition to delivering key technological outputs to improve major crisis preparedness and responses, further aims are that the project can deliver improvements on existing technologies and methodologies which are most important and appropriate to partners and end users in general. Furthermore, the active participation of end users presents the project with a number of essential paths for user adoption across Europe. The PULSE project also allows participants to share knowledge, expertise, foster relationships, and potential future research for future collaborations.In addition, the interoperability and cross border EU-wide aspects of the project, ensure an ability to prepare and react in a consistent manner during a major medical emergency. Finally, the sharing, comparing and assessing of different countries approaches to emergency management, strengthens the understanding of what is required within Europe to ensure an effective, speedy response by Europe as a whole to a crisis.

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sarah Bourke, (Director)
Tel.: +353 16787660
Fax: +353 16787636


Record Number: 187483 / Last updated on: 2016-08-19
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