The SILVER project participated for the “Robotics for Active & Assisted Living” session during the eHealth Week 2016. During the session Robotic Care System CEO Maja Rudinac pitched the LEA Care robot and Funding Manager Andy Leaden (City of Stockport) took part in discussion panel where the benefits and barriers regarding scaling up and implementation of robotics and domestics were covered. Furthermore, the SILVER participated for the eHealth Week expo. The eHealth Week participants were very interested in “test driving” LEA and also the Pre-Commercial Procurement process utilized in the SILVER project was subject to many discussions.
Three videos has been produced in order to demonstrate the key results of the SILVER project. First of the videos demonstrates the validity of the Pre-Commercial Procurement process to allow new innovations to be developed over a three-phase process. The second video demonstrates the validity of the testing process and end user engagement to support further development of the prototype. The third video focuses on demonstrating the validity of the LEA Care robot to meet the requirements of the procurers. Videos are available via the following links: LEA – Lean Elderly Assistant, LEA User video and LEA Demonstration video.
SILVER Final Conference was held on the 7th of June in Amsterdam. During the Conference, the results of the SILVER project were shared and recommendations for the future Pre-Commercial Procurement projects were given. Furthermore, Robot Care Systems demonstrated the LEA (Lean Elderly Assistant) and also shared valuable insights from the SME’s point of view. On the same date, the SILVER project hosted a workshop session which took a deeper look into the recommendations for the upcoming Pre-Commercial Procurement exercises. Final Event materials are downloadable via this link.
SILVER was invited to join “Healthcare challenges and the underexploited role of innovation procurement (PPI/ PCP)” workshop which was hosted by DG Connect and the EPP eHealth project on the 11th of May 2016 in Brussels. This workshop brought together key actors and those engaged in healthcare PPI and PCP projects, buyers and supply chain representatives and EC officers. The workshop reviewed current state of the art, considered barriers and opportunities, and proposed future calls to enable the wider adoption of innovation procurement. During the workshop, Funding Manger Andy Bleaden presented the lessons learned as well as the results of the SILVER project.
SILVER consortium gathered in Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark for the Phase 2 tests on 15th–17th April 2015. During the three-day lab-demonstrations the prototypes of Lecorob, Helping Hand and Iron Arm were reviewed regarding safety by the SILVER consortium and the healthcare experts. The aim was to ensure that the prototypes are safe enough to be tested with end-users during the following week. During these extensive safety and usability tests the prototypes were evaluated comprehensively and the contractors received detailed feedback. External experts together with the SILVER consortium procurers will assess the phase 3 applications and decide who the winning contractors will be in August 2015.
On the 30th of May 2013, the first European Forum for Public Procurement of healthcare Innovation was held in Paris. For the first time at European level, a dialogue was created between public purchasers in the healthcare sector and representatives from the industry and innovation specialized bodies. The goal of the event was to promote and recognize the fact that innovative products and services contribute to the healthcare sector performance. Carla Dekker, National Coordinator for SILVER in the Netherlands, held a presentation over the SILVER project and the next steps of the PCP process with over 150 participants listening. To view the presentation, please follow this link.