The European project inDemand has officially started
- Dec 15, 2017
inDemand is a new model where Healthcare organizations and companies co-create Digital Health solutions, with the economic support of public regional funds. Why is this model innovative? inDemand applies at the same time demand-driven and co-creation approaches.
“inDemand solves challenges identified by the customer -the Healthcare organizations-. That’s why we talk about a demand-driven model. This approach is going to increase the capacity of health entities to systematically identify and solve their needs while creating opportunities for private companies”, explains Jorge González, director of TICBioMed and coordinator of inDemand.
About the added value of the co-creation process between Healthcare organizations and IT companies, González points out that “the expected results are digital solutions with higher success rate -in terms of their application in practice/market uptake- because they have been developed side by side with the client. Thanks to co-creation, developers will have an agile feedback and a better view of the needs”.
This innovative model will be implemented in 3 pilot regions: Murcia Region (Spain), Paris Region (France) and Oulu Region (Finland).
A model born to be replicated and implemented in other regions
inDemand has a high potential for replication through a community interested in promoting innovation in Health and in other sectors, although the project will test and develop models only in the health sector. The initiative includes a special mentoring of 12 ‘mirror regions’ to receive coaching to implement the model in their own region, leveraging existing regional structural funds. Other regions will have also the chance to access to best practices and lessons learnt even after project end.
“The European regions selected will have access to know-how, lessons learnt and documentation produced during the project”, explains Jorge González. Those regions interested in becoming a part the community can express their interest here. The selection process will start in the following months.
inDemand consortium is composed of 11 partners. The Healthcare organizations are SMS and FFIS in Murcia, RESAH in Paris Region and NOHD in Oulu. The public regional funders are INFO in Murcia, Paris Region Entreprises and Oulu Council. The business supporters are TICBioMed in Murcia, Medicen Paris Region and Business Oulu. The team is completed with Errin and Oulu University supporting the dissemination and the methodology implementation.
The inDemand project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No763735.
Find more information about inDemand in the webpage www.indemandhealth.eu.