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EMpowering PAtients for a BeTTer Information and improvement of the Communication Systems

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - EMPATTICS (EMpowering PAtients for a BeTTer Information and improvement of the Communication Systems)

Reporting period: 2017-02-01 to 2020-11-30

EMPATTICS aims to find Health Information Technology solutions which meet the needs of providers and consumers in improving the effectiveness of self-management of common chronic diseases.
Europe has the highest burden of chronic diseases, which are responsible for 86% of all deaths and result in premature morbidity and loss of healthy life years.
Also it is widely acknowledged that 70% to 80% of healthcare costs in Europe are spent on the management of chronic diseases. This corresponds to 700 billion euros in the EU Member states’ budget and this number is expected to increase in the coming years. The EMPATTICS project has chosen 3 of the most prevalent chronic diseases (diabetes, COPD and heart failure) to develop a new tool that can be adapted or extended to cope with patients affected by other diseases.
These diseases in the EMPATTICS project represent a major challenge for health systems across Europe, moving around 163 billion euros in direct costs. These diseases also impact on the wider social systems and economies of Member States which call for adequate prevention and sustainable disease management technologies.
The combination of the group of services into one technology should represent major savings for health systems across Europe and a huge business opportunity for European companies.
The proposed solutions aim to cover a technology gap identified in the e-health sector across Europe. Despite the extensive deployment of chronic patient management technologies, few of them have reached an effective interaction with the patient and its further integration with other systems, such as EMR.
The needs assessment was performed considering two perspectives: collecting the evidence about the effectiveness of the Health Information Technology and analysing the main needs of the stakeholders in each region (considering healthcare data, and qualitative information from healthcare professionals and patients).
The literature review was performed with an overview of systematic reviews of ICT in self-management interventions. This overview analysed reviews encompassing over 1,300 original studies and over 79,000 patients. Complementing the effectiveness of the ICT interventions, European initiatives, key documents and qualitative information was collected to identify barriers and facilitators that may help or hinder its implementation.
In accordance with the above arguments, this procurement is for R&D services to develop solutions to tackle the following challenge:
To develop new, cost-effective, scalable, interoperable and non-intrusive Information and Communication Technology solutions for patients with chronic diseases, which provide self- management tools on adherence to their care plan and acknowledgement of their disease in order to increase their empowerment and management of life. To address the need for the solution to support patients with information, monitoring and data analysis of their disease evolution and communication with health professionals responsible for their care plan.
The rationale of the focus by EMPATTICS on these chronic conditions is based on the high incidence, the social costs of these diseases, and the impact that adherence has on them, as well as empirically observed experiences of modifiable self-management behaviours and ICT use in relation to them.
The intended EMPATTICS technological solutions will improve the level of knowledge and involvement of patients in the management of their disease and the prescribed treatments. This requires a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the following aspects:
- Increasing awareness of and knowledge about the importance of adherence
- Monitoring and evaluating patient adherence to agreed action plans
- Providing valuable information for the self-management of patient diseases
- Helping patients to develop healthy adaptive behaviours
- Facilitating communication between patients and health professionals.
The needs assessment was performed considering two perspectives: collecting the evidence about the effectiveness of the Health Information Technology and analysing the main needs of the stakeholders in each region. Moreover, a market consultation procedure was developed to raise awareness of the project and to gain first-hand knowledge of the opinion of potential companies interested in participating in the tender (four workshops).
The tendering conditions were published in the TED section of the Official Journal of the European Union on July 4, 2017, granting a period of two months for the entities interested in participating could present their offers. Finally, after the deadline for the submission of offers, 21 offers were received from entities from 11 different EU member states and associated countries.
After the evaluation process, from September to October 2017, six bidders were finally selected for the development of the first phase of the pre-commercial public procurement procedure, which began on November 1, 2017.
This first phase was aimed at improving the project of the solution proposed by the six selected contractors. To this end, several co-creation meetings were held between professionals, patients and caregivers of each of the buyer regions and the developers of the selected companies. The objective of these meetings was to improve the solutions proposed by the contractors in the sense of adapting them to the needs and preferences of the professionals and patients of the different regions.
The planned work plan was affected by the will expressed by a buyer partner of the consortium -GCS SESAN- to abandon the project once the contracts had already been awarded to the selected contractors for the execution of the first phase of the PCP. This entailed a significant delay in the execution of the project.
Finally, after overcoming all the problems arising from this unexpected situation, the remaining buyer partners managed to redirect the situation and publish the call for tenders of the second phase of the PCP, in November 2018.
Once the offers from the contractors called to participate in the second phase were received, they were evaluated by the committees of regional experts. These committees concluded that none of the tenders assessed was sufficiently innovative to progress to the second phase of the PCP procedure, in which the prototype should be developed. This deficit of innovation had already been one of the most important shortcomings identified by the buyer regions at the end of phase 1 when analysing the end of phase reports submitted by the contractors. In the same way this circumstance had been warned by the experts of the Commission European Commission responsible for the evaluation of the results of the project. For this reason, the consortium decided to terminate the project prematurely, due to the lack of sufficient technical quality to start phase 2. And since pre-commercial public procurement is a procurement tool clearly oriented to the acquisition of innovation services. In view of the results obtained so far, the buyer partners concluded that the continuity of the project was not justified in accordance with the spirit and objectives of the PCP.
Due to the premature completion of the project, it is not possible to offer a complete view of the expected results and the impact of the solutions developed beyond the state of the art.
Consortium meeting in Paris
Workshop in Copenhagen
Project presentation in Santiago
BEB meeting in Madrid
Website photo
Workshop in Zaragoza
Meeting in Madrid
Project press presentation in Santiago
BEB meeting in Madrid
Consortium meeting in Paris
Kick off meeting
Workshop in Santiago
Project presentation in Aula Bayer conference in Santiago
Working meeting in Santiago
1st review meeting in Brussels