Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Europe are characterised by a heterogeneous landscape with diverse organisational setups, technology standards, coordination mechanisms and actors. This is the result of different historical and institutional contexts. However, these EMS are united by the common aim of providing timely care to casualties of sudden and life-threatening emergencies or disasters in cross-border settings and international humanitarian missions. Fostering the response capacities and increasing the cooperation of the Emergency Medical Services Systems (EMSS) is of decisive importance for strengthening the resilience of European societies.
During the prior iProcureSecurity (CSA) project, a large number of EMS were involved to identify, evaluate and prioritise future challenges and needs. The creation of an interoperable, flexible triage management system supported by modern technologies was among the most requested solutions in the context of security-related scenarios.
This iProcureSecurity PCP action is a result of those intense participatory processes. The action will lead to an innovative triage management system that supports the EMS on the field in the management of the Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs). The envisaged solution will be extremely flexible and interoperable, in order to adapt to the different procurers’ needs.
Overall, the iProcureSecurity PCP Solution aims to: (a) Fully digitalise the triage management operations on the field, and provide guidance and support to the EMS practitioners; (b) Facilitate the communication and the information sharing among EMS on the field and external stakeholders. (c) Facilitate the decision-making process of the actors involved, by proving them with key information in real time, as well as with alerting and notification systems.
Following the EC Guidelines on Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP), through a competitive series of design, prototype and pilot steps, the iProcureSecurity PCP will contract suppliers to deliver the creation and deployment of the envisaged triage management system.
For the iProcureSecurity PCP procurers, the key common challenges which were identified and discussed during the iProcureSecurity CSA project can be summarised as follows:
The triage management system is the core component for digitalisation, as it has the vital role of receiving data from the involved endpoints (sensors, services, applications), complements it with contextual data and distributes it to downstream systems, while providing information to decision makers on- and off-site to support the management of the incident situation.
iProcureSecurity PCP follows the stages of the PCP process as set-out by the European Commission, i.e. work will be divided into four subsequent phases:
In parallel to these phases, separate work strands for co-design, evaluation & impact assessment, dissemination and project management will support the project objectives.
The technical platforms established during the PCP will impact on the efficiency and reliability of the triage process by providing the technical means to document the outcome of the initial primary triage and additional triage steps, the treatment victims receive on site, up to the transportation to the hospital, to create a detailed, continuous digital triage documentation for every victim on site, without media-disruptions.
The digitalisation will have an impact on the adaptability and scalability of the triage process on site.
The semantic-, data- and technical interoperability of the involved components positively impacts the cooperation of organisations on site, as it supports the seamless cooperation between different EMS, LEAs, other relief organisations or (near-) governmental organisations involved in the resolution of the incident.
By establishing an accepted and practically applied interoperability concept, the industrial development of technologies can be aligned towards a common direction, as it provides a broad baseline for the development and integration of sensor technologies, devices, applications and services.
The data gathered in incident situations and exercises will span over the entire pre-hospital triage process, and as such include information on the initial triage classification, a continuous re-triage, the received treatment and related logistic activities. This way, an extensive repository of structured data is generated, which is beneficial for further research and development activities.
The advantage of the PCP is the articulation of a clear technological demand to fill these gaps from a buyers’ perspective, which provides industry companies, research institutes and SMEs a detailed insight into the challenges, requirements and operational routines to consider in their R&D and product development, but also to understand the size and potential of the business market they are addressing.
D1.1 Kick-off meeting report
D1.3 Progress Report
D1.4 Final Project Documentaton
D2.2 Use cases and process models for Triage Management Systems for Emergency Medical Services (v1)
D2.3 Final use cases and process models for Triage Management Systems for EMS
D4.1 Call for Tenders results
D5.1 Phase I results
D6.1 Phase II results
D7.1 Phase III results
D8.1 Methods for prototype tests
D8.2 Evaluation framework for iProcureSecurity PCP
D8.3 Interim report on exploitation and procurement planning
D8.4 iProcureSecurity PCP exploitation and procurement plans
D8.5 iProcureSecurity PCP Pilot Outcomes
D9.4 Dissemination package 2
D9.5 Dissemination package 3
D9.6 Symposium summary
D10.1 H - Requirement No. 1
D10.2 POPD - Requirement No. 2
D10.3 H - Requirement No. 4
D10.4 GEN - Requirement No. 5
D10.5 GEN - Requirement No. 6
D10.6 GEN - Requirement No. 7
D10.7 GEN - Requirement No. 8