Following the evaluation of the eight innovative approaches to comprehensive management of frailty in older adults, which started the competitive process at the end of last year, eCare’s four procurers, representing healthcare providers from Italy, Germany and Spain, have selected the four most promising ones, which will proceed to a phase of prototype development, starting on 15 July 2022.
In this phase, which will last for ten months, the suppliers will move forward with the prototyping development for the proposed solutions. After the evaluation that will follow the end of the period, the best two prototypes will be offered to continue with the testing of the concepts at the procurer’s sites during phase 3.
The call-off: moving from eight concepts to four prototypes
The eCare call-off is an evaluation process that is used in the PCP to select the best approaches and offer them a chance to continue into the next phase of research and development.
In late December 2021, eight innovation proposals were selected to compete in the eCare PCP among the 19 tender offers received during the open call. In the past few months, the 8 selected suppliers started with the solution design phase, in which they worked on demonstrating the technical, medical, financial and commercial feasibility of the proposed concepts and approaches to meet the procurement requirements.