Karolinska heads a consortium of European university hospitals to address innovation of procurement in healthcare


A consortium of seven leading European university hospitals, coordinated by Karolinska University Hospital, will join efforts to innovate procurement of digital health and care services. The project will engage all stakeholders, such as hospitals, developers, industrial partners, medical researchers and health professionals as well as patients, in order to address unmet needs in hospital services and develop methods for procurement of innovation. The project is funded by Horizon2020, the European Union research framework program. It kicked-off during the first project meeting in Vienna on December 3rd, 2018, and will run until 2021.

The digital transformation of healthcare asks for the procurement of innovative solutions for which public-private collaborations are essential. Currently, these collaborations are often reactive and not fully connected with healthcare needs and stakeholders' involvement.

- To address this challenge, the Platform for Procurement of Innovation and Innovation of Procurement will create a cross-border Community of Practice of European university hospitals says Nicke Svanvik, Director of Innovations and Development at the Karolinska University Hospital and he continues, the platform brings together expertise on digital healthcare, patient-centered care and procurement from the demand and supply side with the ultimate aim to address shared unsolved clinical challenges.

Platform for Procurement of Innovation and Innovation of Procurement is a Collaboration & Support Action under Horizon2020, funded with a grant of €3 million by the European Commission. Partners in the consortium are Karolinska University Hospital (Sweden), Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam (the Netherlands), San Raffaele Hospital (Italy), Medizinische Universität Wien (Austria), Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus (Spain), Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (Spain), Helsinki University Hospital (Finland) and King's College Hospital (United Kingdom).


The consortium

The consortium consists of leading European university hospitals that are members of the European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA), as well as additional partners including affiliated research institutions and an independent health quality and assessment agency. The project will be supported by the EUHA, EIT Health and MedTech Europe.

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