Brings into INSPIRE:

Understanding of how to build a Regional ecosystem of Healthcare actors

How to use PPI and PCP combined with user-driven service design tools

Understanding of future healthcare system needs

PCP expertise acquired through e.g. the FP7 funded PreCo project

Knowledge on how to support eHealth SMEs in growth and internationalization

NHG is a leading Finnish knowledge service provider specializing in management and structures in the health- and social care sectors. NHG is currently coordinating  e.g. a Nordic cross-border project called Value based procurements in primary and social care (VABPRO). VABPRO aim is to make the Nordic primary and social care sector a more innovative and demanding procurer through competence building and cooperation between end users, suppliers and public buyers. The project also focuses on developing  new metrics and reimbursement models for the service production. NHG has coordinated the European Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme together with Tekes the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation during 2007 – 2012. NHG has a waste experience in setting up regional ecosystems especially within the healthcare domain.

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Due to its long and versatile experience Bitecic brings into the INSPIRE consortium in depth understanding of several issues such as;

Demand led Procurement of innovation

Flexible case based management of the PCP process and IPRs

Business case development / economic determinant of PCP/ PPI

Linkage between PCP/PPI and Venture Capital

Bitecic actively support organisations aiming to take new concepts through to market in all areas of healthcare and medical device technology and in so doing nurture and commercialise innovation in healthcare. Our work with the NHS National Innovation Centre (NIC) on innovation support programmes such as WIBGI (Wouldn't It Be Great If...?) and SOCN (Statement of Clinical Need) saw the bulk of the NIC team join BITECIC in 2012, adding to our innovation stimulation and support capabilities. The ex-NIC team have great experience of running PCP-alike processes, identifying and translating unmet healthcare needs into real-world products via demand-led open competition. BITECIC is a partner in the EU HAPPI PPI project. Brian Winn was also the co-author of the first ever EU PCP Handbook which was produced in the DG Connect financed ProgrEast PCP-project.


The European House Ambrosetti Spa


Brings into INSPIRE:

in depth knowledge on how the public authorities (central or local level) can develop an effectiveinnovation demand driven policy,

in depth understanding of PCP/PPI key characteristics, economic rational and KPIs,

expertand multi-disciplinary knowledge on how to conduct anend-to-end and systematically constructed PCP process (e.g. need assessment, technical dialogue with the market…),

specialist knowledge about IPRs management scenarios,

expertise on how to assure that PCP framework is compliant with competition rules and not constitute State Aid,

practical experience in PCP/PPI design, implementation and evaluation in health sector.

TEH-Ambrosetti is a professional group founded in 1965 that operates in three different areas of activity: management consulting, professional updating services, workshop and forums. The company has developed a leadership position in Italy within the area of pre-commercial public procurement policy, having followed the definition of the European framework from its inception and through analyzing EU and US practices. Work includes drawing up the Italianguide line on PCPpromoted by the Italian Government (that ensure flexibility to contracting authorities and businesses, in particular SMEs, to implement pre-commercial procurement in a win-win and risks & benefits sharing perspective)and the design of the first PCP pilot in the health technological domain in Lombardy Region.



Agència d'Informació, Avaluació i Qualitat en Salut (referred as AIAQS)


Brings into INSPIRE:

Strong Regional knowledge on how to build PPI and PCP policy and practice

Technological understanding of the eHealth area

Experience on evaluating and disseminating analysis in the eHealth area

Decipher; the first EU cross-border PCP pilot in the area of mHealth

AIAQS is the Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality, it is a public non-profit organization and makes part of the Catalan Department of Health. AIAQS comprises four organizational units:

Evaluation of technologies, research and quality in health. Its activity lines are: Health technologies assessment, Health Care quality assessment and Research in Health Sciences. Since 1998 AIAQS is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organisation for the assessment of medical technologies.

Integration of Information Systems and ICT applied to health. This unit is the responsible of the management of the ICT strategic projects Catalan Electronic Medical Record, Catalan Personal Health Folder, e-prescription, Telemedicine and Telecare Plan and Plan to digitalise Medical Images

Catalan Health System Observatory

Innovation: This unit is working very close with Catalan Department of Health in the development of the two procurement instruments:


Réseau des Acheteurs Hospitaliers d’île-de-France (Resah-idf)


Brings into INSPIRE:


one of the largest healthcare purchasing bodies in France

legal expertise, needed to advice INSPIRE partners and prepare the PCP policy recommendations (WP2 deliverable)

understanding of purchasing and supplier management through Carole Gandon knowledge of the management of innovation in the Public Procurement sector

and in particular in Procurement of Innovation (PPI) in the healthcare sector

Created in 2007, Réseau des Acheteurs Hospitaliers d’Ile-de-France is a public non-profit organisation that leverages the purchasing power of hospitals and nursing homes in Ile-de- France (Paris Region). Public funded, Resah-idf is working for the benefit of 140 hospitals and nursing homes.With 42000 beds and a procurement volume of 1,5 billion€ per year, Resah-idf enables the pooling and standardising of needs in order to create economies of scale.

Active at the international level, Resah coordinates the European project HAPPI (Healthy Ageing in Public Procurement of Innovation). Co-funded by the EC within CIP, the project (10 partners, 6 countries) aims at creating a public procurement network of innovation in healthy ageing and will launch a joint cross-border Procurement of innovative solutions. In line with its ambition to become a leader in the Procurement of Innovation in the healthcare sector, Resah-idf is also eager to carrying out PCP projects or innovation partnerships, which are not common practice in France.


Bundesbeschaffung GmbH (BBG)

As a central procurement organization BBG brings in valuable expertize on how to work with demand and supply side in every aspect of the procurement process and in particular also with the transition phase from R&D&I to commercial tenders.

The health procurement field is one of the BBG’s important growing areas. At the moment, BBG is counting 64 different legal entities of the Austrian health sector as BBG customers. Most of the hospitals are public and are owned by the nine Austrian federal states. In this rather complex and divided Austrian health sector, the BBG is an important network point for all key players. 92% of the Austrian Contracting Authorities within the Health Market (Social Securities, Elderly Care providers, Nursing homes, Hospitals and Administrative Units of Hospitals) are under a BBG contract, including the largest hospital in Europe is the Vienna General Hospital-AKH. The hospital is also a large research institution and could contribute with valuable knowledge.

The BBG’s main activity within health sector implies procurement of pharmaceuticals and medicine products (medical equipment and device), like computer tomography systems, XRay units, hospital beds, surgical tables and beds, laboratory equipment, CRM (Cardiac Rhythm Management), stents a.o. BBG has identified CRM (Cardiac Rhythm Management) – as possible focus area for PCP/ PPI. The aim would be to develop a common ICT standard for the CRM so that costs and administrative work can be reduced and medical service can focus on patients rather on solving technical problems generated by so many different solutions.