The first pilot Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) in Italy, launched for the benefit of a Public Hospital
In line with the first thematic area of the TITTAN project,the Niguarda PCP is a successful exemple of how PCP can be beneficial to a Public Hospital in acquiring innovations. Specifically, the PCP allowed Hospital Niguarda to purchase a smart system for moving beds developed within the frame of a public tender for R&D services organised and managed by the Central Purchasing Body (ARCA).
It represented the first pilot PCP in Italy and its main goal was the development of a prototype of an automated universal medical device for moving hospital beds, which resulted in a significant advance in terms of technology and performance and, at the same time, cost reduction.
For the three phases of the PCP a total amount of 750.000€ have been allocated.
Evidence of success
Thanks to the PCP procedure, the Hospital could purchase special beds that proved to be an improvement in patients'management.
The PCP was structured in phases (phase 1: feasibility study; phase 2: solution design; phase 3: prototyping & field testing). The participation of new players, including SMEs, was boosted.
The Lombardy pilot PCP has been complex in terms of design and implementation, since it dealt with a new methodology and a new process instead of a single procedure. In April 2013 a technical dialogue was started with industry and research organisations to inform them about the new PCP procedure.
Potential for learning or transfer
This is a successful example to PCP applied to respond to specific needs in the healthcare sector.
The Public Administration has played a role of leadership, coordination and management of the procedure, while supporting the public demand, sharing risks and benefits. The PCP shows how companies involved, especially SMEs, can benefit from this, as they can focus on products that will respond to the needs of the public sector, thus reducing the “time to market” .
Some elements can be identified as success factors, and can be transferred to other regions:
- commitment at all levels, both from the demand and the offer side, in the definition of the innovation requirements
- a technical dialogue with all stakeholders (industry, Research organisations, hospitals...)
- the adoption of a new system that overcomes the sysems of "co- Financing" R&D co-financing and State Aid mechanisms
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