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ROSIA Call for Tenders

April 1, 2022

ROSIA Call For Tender Press Release

Aragon Health Service announces launch of €3.9m call for tenders for European PCP project ROSIA.

– The call for tenders will remain open from 31 March to 30 June.

– The project aims to develop an innovation ecosystem that enables the integration of public health services with patient self-care tools, community services and innovative telerehabilitation products.

– The €3.9M investment will be distributed along the three stages of the project: Design, Development and Pilot.

Zaragoza, 31 March 2022.  The call for tenders for Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project ROSIA (Remote Rehabilitation for Isolated Areas) opened 31 March 2022. The project is co-funded by the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme and uses a PCP instrument to procure the R&D services required by its buyers group – Servicio Aragonés de Salud (Spain), National Rehabilitation Hospital (Ireland) and Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (Portugal). A PCP promotes co-creation and competitiveness among international industry to provide R&D not yet available in the market.

The R&D required by the members of ROSIA’s buyers group is for the development of an innovation ecosystem that can support innovative solutions towards implementing telerehabilitation services that integrate professionals, patients and devices. The project is led by the Aragon Health Sciences Institute (IACS), who execute the joint procurement on behalf of the buyers group.

Companies wishing to bid have until 30 June 2022 to submit their bids. Due to the broad scope of the call’s requirements, bidders will need to create consortia and bid jointly. There is a matchmaking tool available for this purpose on the project’s website.

The opening of envelopes is scheduled for 1 July and the final award for 19 October. Bidding consortia will enter a first competitive phase of design proposing an ecosystem model that engages technological, health and community trends. This phase will run from October 2022 to February 2023 and up to 5 successful bidders will be selected to participate in it. The total budget for this phase is €100,000 (including 21% VAT).

Only three of these bidders will move on to the development phase, worth €900,000 (including 21% VAT) and to be carried out between March 2023 and January 2024, and only two bidding teams will move on to the subsequent pilot phase and will be able to implement, test and validate their proposal in the public health system, including clinical practice and the incorporation of tele-rehabilitation devices in a real environment. This last phase will last 14 months, between March 2024 and May 2025, and has been allocated €2,900,000 (including 21% VAT). The pilots will be implemented in Somontano and Teruel (Aragon, Spain), Penela and Soure (Coimbra, Portugal) and CHO Areas 6 and 7 (Ireland).

The results obtained and the lessons learned during the project will help the deployment of a platform of solutions for telerehabilitation that may be easily integrated in any health service in Europe. In the future, the applications and devices comprising a ROSIA Catalogue will be connected to this platform, allowing the integration of both community and supervised self-care services into the care plan of each patient. ROSIA’s model of integrated value-based care can also open the door to rethinking new business models and incentives for providers, improve equity in access to rehabilitation resources and contribute to improving the sustainability of these services.

ROSIA is a project funded by the European research and development programme Horizon 2020 under the agreement GA 101017606.

You can follow the project on its official website or on twitter @rosia_pcp.

Matchmaking Tool 
Follow link to ROSIA Project Website for more information  

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The ROSIA (Remote Rehabilitation Service for Isolated Areas) Project

The NRH is delighted to be one of 12 partners across 5 countries participating in the recently launched ROSIA (Remote Rehabilitation Service for Isolated Areas) Project, which is funded by the European Commission ‘Horizon 2020’ fund.

ROSIA is a European Commission Horizon 2020, Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) project, consisting of 12 partners across five countries (Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands and Denmark).

ROSIA’s main objective is to address healthcare provision short-comes and advance innovative digital solutions with development of devices and applications enhancing community care services for patients in their rehabilitation journey.  ROSIA has a planned duration of 54 months, from January 2021 until August 2025.

Benefits of the ROSIA Project

ROSIA will create a catalogue of technology-based products and solutions enabled by technological advancements (telerehabilitation) and disruptive technologies (virtual-augmented reality, depth cameras, sensors, IoT, or artificial intelligence) as part of a new and comprehensive service delivery for patients across Europe.

The ROSIA Project – what it means for Service Users of the NRH

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Supported by the Hospital Board and Executive Committee, NRH colleagues will deliver project benefits for patients across Ireland; engaging with staff from the Brain Injury and Spinal Cord System of Care Programmes and driving innovation across four areas:

  • Integrated model of care to provide care continuity for patients
  • High-tech tele-rehabilitation devices and services
  • Improved patient experience
  • Sustainable business modelling

As part of ROSIA’s ‘Open Tender’ process contracts will be awarded to industry partners to advance a comprehensive, integrated solution(s) for European care providers; identifying innovative technologies validated in real life and patient engagement exercises.

As one of three procurers1, the NRH will take a leading role in programme delivery of a remote rehabilitation model and ROSIA’s innovation ecosystem development through a stakeholders and user analysis framework. Care provision will focus on seven pathologies – chronic spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, pneumology, arthroplasty, cardio-vascular disease, hip fracture and COVID-19.

[1] ROSIA’s additional procurers include: Aragón – Spain, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra – Portugal

Promoting the ROSIA programme delivery, engagement by the NRH will:

  • advance patient-led engagements and co-design, with care providers and industry partners, the development of tele-rehabilitation and disruptive technologies solutions to patients
  • enable patients to receive increased rehabilitation periods – particularly in isolated and rural areas; and through extensive technological advancements, together with supervision-support

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Kick-starting with the Open Market Consultation

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The overview below is taken from the Rosia Open Market Consultation (OMC) Document

The Open Market Consultation will be launched on 12th July with four online events, organised, respectively, by the buyers in this project (Sanidad Aragón, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Ireland, and Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra).

How will be ROSIA Project be kick-started?

“We use a PPI, a Public Procurement of Innovative solutions, an instrument to convoke intelligent solutions to problems citizens face; solutions that the market does not currently provide.  This has been used in Europe for a few years now, and it is also sometimes known as pre-commercial procurement (PCP). In a PCP, the state is involved in the co-creation process, together with private bidders, and in competition with them. The process will inspire a good number of new solutions and prototypes and the most interesting among them are going to be implemented and tested with live subjects in those European regions participating in ROSIA (Portugal, Ireland and Spain)”.

With all this, we hope to accomplish a triple victory: Patients, Healthcare and Entrepreneurship. Patients in rural areas will be empowered; they will be able to work through their rehabilitation programs from home. The healthcare system will be empowered; it will be able to meet its patients’ needs without requiring them to travel long distances. And the European business community will be empowered; it will have a chance to invest in new ideas and, above all, to find a way to market them.

What kinds of solutions are ROSIA looking for?

“We are thinking of disruptive technologies in the field of rehabilitation incorporating virtual reality, depth cameras, sensors, artificial intelligence, and so on. But there are also solutions related to integration of social and health services, municipal in most cases, with community resources. A fitness hour in the municipal sports centre, for instance, or a swimming class at the local pool may be included in a patient’s rehabilitation file and followed up by the rehabilitation specialist at the central healthcare facility. Still other solutions may be more closely related to motivating the individual to carry out prescribed exercises and programmes at home”.

Follow link to ROSIA Project Website for more information  

For further information contact : Alli McClean   |Tel : 235 5132   |

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