RITMOCORE is a Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) project, funded by the European Union under Horizon2020, addressing the evolution in the treatment of patients using or in need of an implantable pacemaker (PM). Moving from a conventional purchasing of devices to an innovative service provision.

How does it work?

The PPI instrument is used to facilitate the uptake of innovative solutions and to incentivise a co-creation process between stakeholders. Linking the offer from pacemaker manufacturers and companies developing supporting technology with the unmet need of health care professionals and patients.


To increase quality of care and patient experience, monitor pacemakers (PM) performance and making better use of all recorded data, establish a win-win purchasing model, and empower and activate the patient. Powered by the implementation of an innovative care model enhanced by ICT solutions.

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Open Market Consultation

Getting to know the market is what successful PPIs do. The overall objective of an Open Market Consultation is to gather information from the market with a view to later procurement, and to inform potential suppliers about the needs of procurers. For RITMOCORE the Open Market Consultation was a valuable instrument to verify market readiness, create engagement, facilitate different stakeholders meeting each other, and increase acceptance and awareness of the project.

What to expect from RITMOCORE?

PPI project RITMOCORE is implementing an innovative care model enhanced by ICT solutions following its call for tender awarded December 2020 to Biotronik España. Apart from taking full advantage of the potential of pacemakers, the RITMOCORE care model opens the doors for innovative home monitoring devices, wearables and Apps connecting the healthcare system and the patients, allowing ICT innovations to flourish. It includes an innovative purchasing approach based on risk sharing models to align objectives of suppliers and buyers. Moving from purchasing devices to service provision allows a more complementary relationship between suppliers & providers to unlock the market of innovations in pacemakers.


Regional vision should be pursued, to envisage a comprehensive change management strategy with appropriate plans and regulations and to promote local initiatives to deploy an innovative model of care enhanced by a critical mass of digital technologies, with the commitment of all the stakeholders. We will produce:

  • An eLearning platform for professionals
  • Dashboard to manage the change and assessKPIs satisfaction

RITMOCORE focusses on the cost-effective treatment of patients with arrhythmias using or in need of a pacemaker. The personalisation of each patient is an important factor in RITMOCORE. Therefore we will embrace:

  • Provision of appropriate devices for each patient (such as device portfolio availability, stock management, training, etc.) and to support Remote Monitoring.
  • ‘Adequate device’ and settings, proposed by RITMOCORE platform thanks to the data from Remote Monitoring.

Gaining access to parameters related to the performance of the pacemaker, and registry of heart behaviour:

  • Increased follow up frequency including automatic alarms.
  • Earlier identification of problems related with any miss functioning of the PM and also the appearance of any pathologies.
  • Increasing the value of patient-clinician interaction by making use of registered data.

The level of activation has a strong influence in the evolution and impact of a chronic disease. Patient activation implies:

  • A change in culture and procedures of the care team
  • User centric design procedures
  • A holistic approach to the patient

To increase the quality of care and efficiency by right information sharing and comprehensive care path implementation:

  • Identifying the data and the adequate information channels
  • Building feasible and efficient communication channels
  • Change management challenge

Public Procurement of Innovation

Public procurement of innovation helps foster market uptake of innovative products and services, increases the quality of public services in markets where the public sector is a significant purchaser, supports access to markets for businesses – especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – and helps address major societal challenges. PPIs help ‘close the gap’ between cutting-edge technology and processes and the public sector customers or users who can benefit from them.