EU-wide call for projects to develop mobile access to EMRs across
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
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
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.