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Four pilot solutions will be financed as part of the Latvian healthcare innovation pilot program



Four pilot solutions are set to be launched in 3 separate healthcare institutions in Latvia in order to further test and validate prototypes that have been co-created as part of the first healthcare innovation pilot program "Open Health Labs". This is a significant milestone in the healthcare industry, as it allows for the introduction of innovative solutions that have the potential to improve patient care and streamline hospital operations.


Overall, the introduction of these pilot solutions represents a major step forward in the Latvian healthcare industry. By testing and validating the prototypes in real-life settings, hospitals and startups can identify areas for improvement and further refine their solutions. As a result, patients will benefit from more innovative and effective healthcare technologies, and hospitals will be better equipped to meet the needs of their patients.


In the first half of 2023 with the financing granted by the National Health Service of Latvia, pilot projects will be tested in a simulated environment, further elaborated and developed till the point when hospitals will be able to procure solutions tailor-designed and developed based on the value hospital patients will retrieve in the future. It is expected that in the second half of 2023, we will be able to retrieve more tangible data from the startup-hospital partnerships. Four pilot projects to be launched:


#1 Automated patient health monitoring system co-created by Dutch startup Inicare and Jelgava City Hospital

The tool for continuous monitoring of the health conditions of inpatients will improve the efficiency of patient care and the accuracy and reliability of retrieved patient data. By automating the process of collecting and analyzing patient data, nurses will have more time to quickly respond to any changes in patient conditions. Moreover, it will reduce the workload for healthcare professionals. By automating the process of collecting and analyzing patient data, nurses will be able to focus more on high-value tasks, such as patient assessments and care planning.


#2 Remote patient consultation system co-created by the local Latvian startup Medon and Riga Center of Psychiatry and Narcology

The system will improve efficiency, and access to care for patients in rural areas or those with mobility issues. By allowing patients to receive consultations from the comfort of their own homes, the system can reduce the burden on the healthcare system and improve patient satisfaction, in the meantime reducing the workload for healthcare professionals. The tool will allow the Center to better assess patient needs and provide more personalized care.


#3 System for determining the exact location of patients co-created by Israel-based startup Intraposition and Jelgava City Hospital

The system will improve patient safety and reduce the risk of injuries or emergencies. By detecting falls or wanderings, hospital staff can respond more quickly and effectively to any potential issues, which can help prevent injuries and improve patient outcomes, reducing the time and resources needed to provide care.


#4 Drug circulation system for oncology patients co-created by Luxembourg-based startup Dynaccurate and Daugavpils Regional Hospital

The system will improve the efficiency and transparency of drug prescribing and monitoring in the Daugavpils hospital oncology department. By tracking the path of drugs to patients more effectively, hospital staff will be able to more efficiently and accurately prescribe and monitor medications, improving patient care and outcomes, and reducing the waste and cost of care for the healthcare system.


The innovation pilot program "Open Health Labs" was launched by the National Health Service of the Republic of Latvia in cooperation with the innovation management company "Helve". The unique program is meant to promote innovations in the Latvian public health sector and involves four state and regional-level medical institutions. The program's DEMO day was held on December 7, 2022, giving the participants an intensive sixteen-week work period before presenting their innovative solutions to experienced open innovation and medical technology experts.


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