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i4KIDS-EUROPE Hospital Challenge Programme 2024

Open call until August, 11th
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The i4KIDS-EUROPE project is a collaborative European initiative involving eight multidisciplinary partners, expanding the i4KIDS initiative started by SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital in 2020. Its goal is to establish a sustainable and inclusive European paediatric innovation ecosystem that unites stakeholders from various innovation backgrounds to enhance the EU’s paediatric innovation capacity and deliver solutions to patients.

One of its activities includes proposing challenges to improve children’s hospitals’ internal processes, focusing on personalising care, optimising patient flow, enhancing safety, and improving patient and family satisfaction. A systematic, patient-centred approach is essential for paediatric hospitals to overcome these challenges and deliver excellent care.

In line with this objective, i4KIDS-EUROPE announces the launch of its HOSPITAL CHALLENGE BASED PROGRAMME 2024, extending invitations to European established companies to send its technology-based innovation projects.

i4kids introduction background
To identify and prioritise the final challenges for this call for solutions, a needs assessment was conducted by several paediatric hospitals in Europe. These hospitals are members of the European Children’s Hospitals Organisation (ECHO), which aims to build a network of children’s hospitals across Europe to enhance the value and quality of care for children and their families.

As a result of this workshop between C-level representatives of these ECHO member children’s hospitals, three challenges were identified for candidates to apply for:


How can we reduce the time healthcare professionals spend on administrative tasks, such as writing anamnesis,  patient records, and doctor’s notes to employers, to enhance efficiency and allow for greater focus on  patient care?

Since the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) across hospitals and healthcare systems, the amount of documentation a healthcare professional (HCP) has to complete has been increasing. Already under great care pressure, HCPs are forced to spend a significant amount of time on administrative tasks, such as completing forms, recording patient data and complying with regulatory requirements. This administrative burden results in HCPs spending more time completing medical records than seeing and connecting with patients.

In fact, according to some studies, many physicians are not satisfied with the time required to create electronic notes. In 2010 and 2012, studies showed internal medicine physicians spend between 40% and 49% of their time using a computer, and 70% of this time is spent in documentation and order entry.


How can we ensure that each patient receives the correct medication, in the correct dose, at the correct time, and via the correct method during hospitalisation?

The consequences of misusing or mismanaging high-risk medicines can be catastrophic, leading to adverse drug reactions, hospitalisations, or even fatalities. This problem is even more pronounced in paediatric medicine. Rigorous testing and monitoring of these drugs is therefore not only a clinical obligation, but also a moral and legal one.

Paediatric patients are particularly vulnerable to medication errors and adverse drug events. The potential for adverse drug events in paediatric inpatient populations is approximately three times higher than in adults, with an estimated one in four children experiencing an adverse drug reaction during hospitalisation. A recent study investigating serious patient safety events in 44 children’s hospitals found that over 20% of severe accidents were caused by medication errors.


How might we avoid “no shows” and improve outcomes for groups affected by healthcare inequalities?

Missed hospital appointments pose a substantial challenge, resulting in wasted resources, disrupted schedules, and potential delays in patient care. Implementing effective strategies to reduce no-shows is essential for enhancing patient outcomes and optimising the efficiency of healthcare services.

I4kids Objectives And Scope Of The Call
The i4KIDS-EUROPE consortium members expect to receive technology-based innovation projects at an advanced stage of development (TRL 7-8), ready for implementation. Proposals should include a clear and feasible implementation plan. Solutions should be designed from a user-centric perspective and target various population segments, including paediatric patients and their families. Additionally, it is crucial that solutions can be easily integrated and scaled across different communities and regions in Europe, promoting accessibility and equity among various European regions.


Candidates must meet the following General Criteria:

  • Only established companies or products ready for implementation can apply for this call.
  • The proposed solution must comply with current regulations in order to be marketed in Europe (MDR, GDPR, etc.) if applicable.
  • Solutions must be at a TRL 7 or higher.
  • Candidates can apply for more than one challenge, but must fill in one form for each challenge.
  • Candidates must be available to participate in the Pitch Competition at the Pediatric Innovation Day (PID) in Riga on September 27th.

Innovation Program I4KIDS
Participants must complete the Application Form.

Applications must be submitted in English using the aforementioned form.

All project submissions must be completed before the specified deadline of August, 11th at 23:59 CEST.

An initial evaluation will be carried out to identify the projects that meet the eligibility criteria. Selected projects will be assigned to external evaluators for review according to the evaluation criteria described below. The external evaluators will be experts in the field of healthcare.

A total of 6 projects will be selected as the selected projects of the Challenge-based Hospital Programme.

All six projects will participate in the Pitch Competition at the Pediatric Innovation Day (PID) in Riga on September 27th, so participants must have the availability to travel to Riga to attend the event.

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Proposals participating in the Challenge-based Hospital Programme 2024 will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Idea (35%)

  • Soundness and innovativeness level of the proposal.
  • Capacity to respond to the proposed challenge.

Feasibility and implementation capacity (35%)

  • Current state of development.
  • Development and implementation plan.
  • Involvement of patients and users in the development phase.
  • Previous experience of implementation in other centres.
  • Capability to be implemented in EU hospitals.

Impact (20%)

  • User-centric innovation.
  • Engagement strategy.
  • Scope of the impact.
  • Paediatric focus.

Team (10%)

  • Previous experience in the field.
  • Candidate’s capacity to implement the proposed solution.

If deemed necessary, the evaluation committee may ask applicants to verify the information provided in the proposals, either in person or online. In case of untruthful information, the application will be rejected.

Evaluation Criteria I4KIDS
All the 6 selected projects will be rewarded with the following prizes in order to participate in the Pitch Competition that will take place in the Paediatric Innovation Day in Riga the next 27th of September:

For the  Pitch Competition,  candidates will prepare a 7-minute presentation in English and a jury panel will evaluate all presentations and select a winner based on evaluation criteria that will be shared with all participants beforehand. After the Pitch Competition, there will be only one winner.

The winning project will be awarded €5,000 to start a pilot project in one of the i4KIDS-EUROPE Hospitals. Additionally, the winner will receive a voucher for consultancy services with the Inveniam Group. The winner will also have the opportunity to follow up with at least two Maternity & Children’s Hospitals from ECHO and i4KIDS-EUROPE to explore the implementation of the solution within these hospitals.

Requirements for eligibility
Please read carefully the full rules of participation for this call which you can download here:

CBHP-i4KIDSEU-2024_Rules of Participation

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