EU-wide call for projects to develop mobile access to EMRs across borders
7 June 2013
The EC-funded DECIPHER PCP project aims to create a mobile information system that will allow primary and emergency care doctors to access medical records of patients from other EU countries using secure mobile technology.
Patients may also be able to use the system to access details of their prescriptions, allergies and other information to help them manage long-term chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The overall aim is to improve existing healthcare services and deliver significant benefits to patients.
An EU-wide call to tender worth €900,000 will be launched in autumn this year to select companies to develop prototype solutions in three competitive phases, using Pre-Commercial public Procurement (PCP). The best prototypes will be used as the basis for a further tendering process, to commercialise and deploy the new solution in partner countries.
TRUSTECH, the North West NHS innovation service, and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been selected as UK partners to help run the project. They will be working with health authorities ESTAV Centro of Italy and TicSalut of Spain, Ancitel Toscan (Italy), Culminatum Innovation (Finland) and the Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality (AIAQS), where the project coordinator is located.
Dr Richard Deed of TRUSTECH said, "With colleagues from the DECIPHER PCP consortium we will develop tools that allow companies from across the EU to bid for a share of the initial €900,000 of funding. The money will enable successful bidders to develop and test technology, including apps and security systems that will work towards delivering a cross-border health information tool.
"If a British national has a heart attack in Spain, or a French citizen needs emergency surgery in Germany, it is anticipated that the solutions developed from DECIPHER PCP will allow doctors and surgeons to access the patient's medical records very quickly. Even a relatively simple issue such as running out of medication on holiday could be easily resolved by a doctor or pharmacist accessing the relevant information via a mobile phone or tablet."
Bob Pearson, Medical Director at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, "Our Trust is pleased to be involved in this important EU funded-project. It’s an excellent opportunity to capitalise on our expertise in patient care and information systems to help find a solution that could revolutionise healthcare for millions of people across the EU."
DECIPHER PCP stands for Distributed European Community Individual Patient Healthcare Electronic Record Pre-Commercial public Procurement. Website: www.decipherpcp.eu
The DECIPHER PCP project began in February 2013 and will run for three years. It is co-financed by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). A DECIPHER PCP market consultation day takes place on 28th June in conjunction with the MIHealth Forum event in Barcelona.