REALM: New EU Research Project Advances the Co-creation and Evaluation of Medical Device Software
The adoption of software in healthcare, mostly used in hospitals and research organisations, is rapidly changing how diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic procedures are developed by researchers, delivered by healthcare providers, and ultimately experienced by patients. Innovative software solutions have the potential to strengthen healthcare and clinical practice through earlier or more accurate diagnoses, decision support for practitioners or personalised treatment plans.
The transition to this reality of software-assisted healthcare, combined with the changing European regulatory landscape, however, comes with new challenges. Especially regulators and health technology assessment agencies are faced with new questions. Therefore, newly proposed software solutions must be evaluated critically as the changes that will come with their certification and integration into daily practices will have major impacts on health care provision, but also the society and economy as a whole. Regrettably, the current evaluation and certification practice of medical device software solutions is inadequate to address the newly arising challenges.
Pioneering tools and standards for thorough and speedy certification of novel healthcare software
"At Eurice, we are excited to join the REALM consortium in its quest to transform healthcare effectiveness through an innovative and inclusive platform that leads to a transparent ecosystem for the evaluation and certification of healthcare software. We will gladly contribute our expertise in project management as well as communication, dissemination and innovation management strategies to ensure the widest possible reach of the research activities and findings," notes Jörg Scherer, Managing Director of Eurice.
With REALM the Eurice team further expands its portfolio of health-related projects, specifically addressing the development of innovative medical software solutions.
The project officially started on 1 January 2023. It will run for a duration of four years with a budget of EUR 7 million, EUR 6.65 million of which will be funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme. REALM is coordinated by Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and comprises 15 partners from six European countries.
For more information, please visit www.realm-ai.eu