inDemand is a new model where Healthcare organizations and companies co-create Digital Health solutions, with the economic support of public regional funds. This EU project is currently being developing in three pilot regions: Murcia (Spain), Paris (France) and Oulu (Finland). Why is this model innovative? inDemand applies at the same time demand-driven and co-creation approaches.
Murcia Region has launched its second call for companies interested in solving 4 challenges. “The co-creation has been a great success for both companies and the healthcare provider from the Region of Murcia (Servicio Murciano de Salud) during 2018. We encourage SMEs to participate in the upcoming inDemand call in 2019. Murcia´s healthcare professionals are committed to solve health challenges, and willing to jointly develop solutions with IT companies”, explains Jorge González, director of Ticbiomed and coordinator of inDemand.
The first challenge to tackle in Murcia Region is called ‘DEEP DIVER’ and is looking for assistance in the search for diagnoses with suspicion of Professional Illness. The second challenge is ‘GRAVIDITY’, focused on a digital card for monitoring pregnancy and puerperium of the Murcia Health Service -SMS-. The third one is ‘HECRO’, seeking support for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic wounds). The fourth challenge is ‘DIGITAL ACTIVA’, which proposes a tool to help the management and monitoring of physical exercise prescribed for health.
Companies awarded will:
- Co-develop and validate the solution within the SMS and its healthcare professionals.
- Receive funding up to 40,000 €.
- Business support to improve commercial and financial traction delivered by Ticbiomed.
- A first commercial reference to sell the solution elsewhere after the pilot.
- Intellectual Property
European companies interested in the inDemand Murcia Region call should apply before 23rd April 2019. The four challenges have been detected by Servicio Murciano de Salud (SMS), the regional healthcare provider. The competitive call has been launched by the funding organisation, Instituto de Fomento de la Región de Murcia (INFO).
Companies may also be interested in challenges from Oulu and Paris Region. More information on the project website www.indemandhealth.eu.
inDemand model: digital solutions with high success rate
“inDemand solves challenges identified by the customer -the Healthcare organizations-. That’s why we talk about a demand-driven model. This approach is going to increase the capacity of health entities to systematically identify and solve their needs while creating opportunities for private companies”, clarifies Jorge González.
About the added value of the co-creation process between Healthcare organizations and IT companies, González points out that “the expected results are digital solutions with high success rate -in terms of their application in practice/market uptake- because they have been developed side by side with the client. Thanks to co-creation, developers will have agile feedback and a better view of the needs.”
inDemand consortium is composed of 11 partners. The Healthcare organizations are SMS and FFIS in Murcia, RESAH in Paris Region and NOHD in Oulu. The public regional funders are INFO in Murcia, Paris Region Entreprises and Oulu Council. The business supporters are Ticbiomed in Murcia, Medicen Paris Region and Business Oulu. The team is completed with Errin and Oulu University supporting the dissemination and the methodology implementation.
The inDemand project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No763735.