NRH – one of 12 European Partners in ROSIA Project
July 1, 2021
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
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.
 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
Kick-starting with the Open Market Consultation
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”.