ROSIA – Remote Rehabilitation Service for Isolated Areas

March 9, 2023

ROSIA – Remote Rehabilitation Service for Isolated Areas

ROSIA has successfully completed phase 1 of the competition that started on 28 October 2022 with the publication on TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) of the five winning bidders from the ‘Open Tender’ process…
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In the past decade, the use of technology for remote assessment and intervention in rehabilitation has grown exponentially, paving the way for the development of tele-rehabilitation.

ROSIA (Remote Rehabilitation Service for Remote Areas) is about to unlock the telerehabilitation market through the development of the ROSIA Innovation Ecosystem incorporating the current market of disruptive solutions for home rehabilitation, enabling clinicians to prescribe certified solutions, and facilitating SMEs and researchers to access the Health Care System.  ROSIA will create a catalogue of technology-based products and solutions enabled by technological advancements as part of a new and comprehensive service delivery for patients across Europe.  Link to ROSIA website for more information.

ROSIA is a project co-funded by the European research and development programme Horizon 2020, under GA 101017606. €3.9 million will be invested in this project. ROSIA’s tendering process is launching in Spring 2022.

ROSIA aims to involve organisations developing applications and devices that can become part of its catalogue of telerehabilitation products and solutions, as well as organisations that provide open platforms to enable the connection of these applications. ROSIA is also interested in projects specialising in the management of socio-community services related to telerehabilitation or that have experience in monitoring and motivating patients.

Three public procurers form ROSIA’s buyers’ group: National Rehabilitation Hospital (Ireland), Servicio Aragonés de Salud (Spain),  and the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (Portugal).  They plan to acquire, through a Public Procurement of Innovation instrument (PPI), the design of the future’s tele-rehabilitation services for remote areas.

The project focuses on the development of an intelligent platform for telerehabilitation services designed for patients in remote areas. Applications and devices from ROSIA’s Catalogue will be connected to this platform, allowing community supported and supervised self-care services to be integrated into patients’ care plans. ROSIA’s value-based model of integrated 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.

Project ROSIA’s procurement will be channelled through a Pre-Commercial Instrument (PCP).

“ROSIA will help answer a lot of the questions we still have around telerehabilitation…”

Check out the series of clips from Twitter with Professor Áine Carroll, Medical Rehabilitation Consultant at the NRH (who are procurers in ROSIA).
@iacs_aragon @iexp_paciente @IFICInfo @eHealth_EU @NRH_fdn     #telerehabilitation

Professor Áine Carroll, addresses the following questions: 


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About the ROSIA 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.

Follow link to ROSIA Project Website for more information

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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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For further information contact :  Tel : 235 5863 

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July 2021 – Kick-starting with the Open Market Consultation

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

The Open Market Consultation was 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”.

Calls for Tender 2022

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.

The ’Open Tender’ was launched in spring 2022 and closed on 30 June.  Link to more information.

Target Dates 2022
Call for Tenders – closed 31 March – 30 June
Tender Evaluation Phase 1 July – 29 September
Award of contracts 29 September
Phase 1 of PCP begins 20 October

Press Releases

Press Releases issued by ROSIA to date:

* * * Press Release – 7th July 2021 * * *

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