The Project

What is STARS-PCP?

A consortium of five leading European hospitals uses the European Commission’s pre-commercial procurement (PCP) contractual scheme to challenge and stimulate European industry to:

Design, develop and test a resilient support tool, to be applied in the field of patients, planned for surgery, with the aim of reducing stress and anxiety as well as improving the health condition of the patient during the complete care path.

The available budget for the development of this new solution is 3.26 million euro (including VAT).

The Horizon 2020 project named “Empowering Patients by Professional Stress Avoidance and Recovery Services” (short form: STARS) started in January 2017, the project duration will be 60 months.

Take a closer look

Why stress reduction?

STARS challenges the industry to develop new personalised eHealth solutions in order to reduce stress related to healthcare procedures. Reduction of the stress, experienced by patients, will lower the harmful side effects of sedating drugs, shorten hospital stay, shorten recovery time and relieve carers and related persons from continuous assistance. 

  Figure 1: Stress experienced along patient's journey in case of planned surgery. (Courtesy of Ignacio Muñoz Carvajal MD, PhD, Reina Sofia University Hospital, Spain)

From pre-clinical until end of aftercare

The eHealth solution will target the reduction of healthcare related stress as early as in the preclinical phase, proceeding through hospitalisation until the end of the aftercare period. The solutions will have to combine the experience of caregivers with the empowerment of patients to actively influence the process by expressing their state of mind and needs.

  Figure 2: Required functionalities for STARS

More information

Click below for more information:
STARS - Tender on TED 
STARS - Introduction as pdf 
STARS - Introduction as video