RITMOCORE deals with the technological evolution in the treatment of patients with arrhythmias. The general principle is to shift the focus from the conventional purchasing of pacemakers to a provision of innovative services for the multi-professional management of the patient before and after implantation. The RITMOCORE approach promotes a comprehensive model of care that could include:
- the remote monitoring of pacemakers and use of wearable sensors, Apps and innovative devices;
- the mediation of a support centre, to reinforce the contacts with the patient, pre-process the data from remote devices and triage the patient’s needs.
- the patient education on healthy lifestyles and disease management, leading to an effective self-management (also with the help of the caregiver);
- the involvement of GPs and integration of care pathways through adequate information sharing;
RITMOCORE is planning a joint procurement. The critical mass from procurers offers the means to motivate the industry to change its current business model and value chain for a better alignment of interests. RITMOCORE uses an instrument called Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI). Public procurement of innovation will help foster market uptake of innovative products and services, increase the quality of public services in markets where the public sector is a significant purchaser, support access to markets for businesses – especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – and help address major societal challenges. PPI aims to ‘close the gap’ between cutting-edge technology and processes and the public sector customers or users who can benefit from them.