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2017-02-08

Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset: Karolinska University Hospital is running an invitation to EU-financed digital innovation to meet the challenges facing care

Through the EU project LIVE INCITE, Karolinska University Hospital
challenges the market to find new healthcare solutions. The hospital
is leading the race to find digital tools that will help patients
make lifestyle changes prior to surgery and reduce the risk of
complications, thus providing the patients with better care outcomes.

"Karolinska University Hospital has the ambition to be a leader in the
development of modern healthcare. We want to advocate innovation that
is useful to our patients. Future care solutions need to develop at a
higher rate based on the requirements that have been identified, but
where the solutions are not yet available," says Melvin Samsom, Chief
Executive Officer at Karolinska University Hospital.

For the first time, Karolinska University Hospital is leading a
project that is part of EU Horizon 2020 - the largest research and
innovation programme in the world. The LIVE INCITE (Lifestyle
intervention in the perioperative process through digital service)
project was ranked highest within "Innovation in eHealth to enable
patient participation".

"There is a continual element to what we as a hospital want to
achieve. We want to investigate the possibility of using new digital
tools to strengthen both patient participation in healthcare and the
network around the patient," says Melvin Samsom.

The aim of LIVE INCITE is to support patient lifestyle changes prior
to surgery. For example, stopping smoking 6-8 weeks before surgery
can reduce the risk of complications by 50%.

"We know that there is a much greater chance of patients doing well if
they stop smoking prior to surgery, for example. Although we have
been sharing this knowledge with others for many years, it has had
very little impact," says David Konrad, Function Head of
Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care at Karolinska University
Hospital.

The challenge is to create support that provides the patients with
enough motivation to change and maintain a lifestyle that reduces the
risk of complications and mortality following surgery. It requires an
overall grasp of both the problems and solutions and involves several
perspectives. Therefore, behavioural science and medicine, patient
influence, eHealth and digitalisation are being combined with the
skills of large and small stakeholders within IT/Telecommunications,
the gaming industry and other innovative industries - i.e. also
stakeholders different to those who traditionally supply care with
medical equipment.

"Globally, the needs are the same and the scalability is important; it
should be possible to apply the solutions to different care contexts
and to other risk factors," says David Konrad.

Invitation to participate in the market analysis prior to
precommercial procurement

LIVE INCITE will conduct a three-step precommercial procurement, where
the majority of the EU funding will be allocated to the companies
that participate in solving care challenges. The project is currently
in its preparatory phase, which includes a market analysis. Companies
can register their interest here: www.ted.europa.eu
(http://www.ted.europa.eu/TED/misc/chooseLanguage.do)

Contact persons:

Martina Ahlberg, Project Manager, Center for Innovation Karolinska
University Hospital, telephone: +46 (0) 76 551 90 35, e-mail:
martina.ahlberg@karolinska.se

Read more about the project here: www.karolinska.se/en/live-incite

Fact box:

LIVE INCITE - Karolinska University Hospital is leading an EU project
part of Horizon 2020, Innovation in eHealth to enable patient
participation

LIVE INCITE stands for "Lifestyle intervention in the perioperative
process through digital service".

The three-year innovation project is financed by the EU Horizon 2020
and was ranked highest in its call for applications: Innovation in
eHealth to enable patient participation.

LIVE INCITE is being led by Karolinska University Hospital.

Partners: Bispebjerg/Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark,
and Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Spain, and Karolinska Institutet
and the Swedish Rheumatism Association.

Total project budget: EUR 4.2 million.

Coordinated by the Center for Innovation, Karolinska University
Hospital.

The EU Horizon 2020 is the world's largest research and innovation
initiative, with a budget in excess of EUR 80 billion. The programme
focuses on the challenges facing society by creating better links
between research and markets.

Karolinska University Hospital extends an invitation to EU-financed
innovation drive to meet the challenges facing care.

Kim Sjölund
Tf Presschef
072-598 13 88
kim.sjolund@karolinska.se

Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset är ett av Europas största sjukhus och
tillsammans med Karolinska Institutet leder vi den medicinska
utvecklingen i Sverige. För oss är sjukvård, forskning och utbildning
lika viktiga delar i arbetet för att förlänga och förbättra
människors liv.

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