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Market test

We have developed a market test aimed at corporate enterprises, SMEs and academic groups to note interest and feedback to help us understand:

  • the range of capabilities already in the marketplace
  • corporate priorities and requirements for deployment at scale
  • how to best use resources to engage technical capabilities
  • terms industry would accept to be able to interact in this model
  • critical features and approaches to deliver future-proofed technical systems.
  • What external funding streams may be leveraged to support expansion of the environment.

Are you eligible? 

Criteria relate to six principles that will govern the demonstration environment and four key types of infrastructure. These governing principals are:

1. Enabling infrastructures

The demonstration environment capacity and budgets would be for enabling infrastructures only. Individual products aimed at specific user groups and conditions would be handled by our main model on a challenge by challenge basis as part of an open call for project partners.

2. Open innovation

Our proposed approach depends on the integration of technologies through an open standard based approach. Those considering taking part must be able to work with this approach.

Note: If connecting and flexing your infrastructures requires onerous redevelopment and additional costs, then you are unlikely to be selected for contracts within the framework. If you are not yet equipped to work in this way, you may still be eligible if you are willing to develop towards this model at your own cost during the challenge activities.

3. Consortia approach to exploitation

A key part of our model is the need to integrate several capabilities to offer cohesive and comprehensive digital services. Opportunities will exist for a consortium to take the care model, infrastructure and digital products into the global marketplace. However, in many cases this will require a larger organisation to act as a ‘turn-key’ provider to sell to larger health and care commissioners. Many of the businesses involved in this approach will need to white label capabilities or create licensing arrangements to take part. This will give SMEs a realistic route to market and corporate organisations innovative digital services to leverage into existing business relationships.

4. Protected background IP / shared foreground IP model

Businesses will share the technical IP they co-create in the demonstration environment amongst each other. Academic, health, care and third sector partners will maintain the ability to use jointly created technical materials for publication, learning and teaching purposes. Publication can be time delayed to allow business partners time to exploit the technical advances first.

The health and care organisations involved would hold the IP and maintain the governance relating to the care models that are developed, but rights to these materials would be granted to businesses to support them for future commercialisation opportunities.

5. Simulation, not deployment

The capabilities within our demonstration environment, and those funded or procured as part of the model, will be used to support service modelling. The purpose of this activity is to build trust in new ways of working, supported by the new infrastructures provided in the environment.

If demonstrated to be effective, some of these digital infrastructures and the products and services that use them, will then be deployed as part of a new care model. However, this deployment is at the discretion of our health and care service partners, and cannot be guaranteed.

5. Demonstration, not procurement

The procurement and grant award models proposed are to support us in the creation of a cohesive set of digital infrastructures for innovation in support of the redesign of care models. The demonstration environment is not affiliated with health and care service procurement processes. This is a pre-commercial procurement situation from the point of view of health and care commissioners. There are no guarantees that health and care services procurement activity will result from success within our framework.


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