Culminatum Innovation Ltd Oy EU PreCo-project: Innovative Pre-Commercial Public Procurament / eHealth
Culminatum Innovation Ltd Oy
Innovative Pre-Commercial Public Procurament /
What is PreCo?
• A coordination action funded by the FP-7
program of the European Commission aiming
at ”Enhancing Innovation in Pre-commercial
Public Purchasing Processes”
• Consists of ten partners from seven EU
countries, leadpartner and coordinator
Cuminatum Innovation Ltd Oy (Finland).
• Benchmark: Collecting and analysing best practices
• Facilitate discussion between procurers and suppliers.
• Establish a thematic network of experts on PCP.
• Identify common ground for guidelines, policy
recommendations and PCP strategies. Delivered to the
Commission by the end of 2011.
• Joint events and public PreCo website
PreCo aims to identify
• How public authorities can achieve highly innovative
solution through greater market engagement
( In cases where all the aspects of the procured item
are not known initially, but can only be established by
a collaborative R&D process ).
• Thematic focus on eHealth and eEnergy
- User driven open innovation (procurer, suppliers
and users), pilot procurements in EU Member States
Important aspects in PCP
• Risk-benefit sharing
- the procurer does not own the results, opportunities
• Competitive development in phases
- Curiosity driven exploratory research, followed by
phases where solutions are step-wise selected or
• Separation of R&D phase from procurament of
commercial volumes of end-products
- allows the public procurer to find the best possible
market /user driven solution
eHealth PCP practices in Europe,
• PCP projects are still rare at least as text book cases.
Mixed elements from Public-Private Innovation, Market
Dialogue, PCP and Commercial regular Procurament
• PCP is used in complex product-service systems
- in thematic fields such as health, elderly and social
• Total solutions are procured more often than
Procurement of eHealth
PCP process can help to specify, design and
procure innovative ICT solutions as well as
complete healthcareservices, which include ICT.
Interoperability is not a technical problem as such -
Public procurers need to have :
• Knowledge and willigness to DEMAND and
PROCURE technically interoperable solutions
• Resources: Long term perspective (cost/benefit) in
stead of short term cost reduction.
CHANGE OF MINDSET NEEDED?
THANK YOU !
MUCHAS GRACIAS !
Questions to stimulate the discussion
1. Do you have any experiences of PCP like
development processes in the field of eHealth,
including user driven co-generation and Living
2. If yes – what have been the main lessons
learnt and main benefits/gains?
3. Can you define the most crucial obstacles for
using PCP type approaches as preparatory
phase for commercial procurement in eHealth