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Delivering BEACON Caresystem – a ground-breaking ICT-enabled ICU bed-side assistant providing recommenda-tions for critical mechanical ventilation support for better care and reduced costs.

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Project "ICU-CARE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: HEDELUND 1
postcode: 9400
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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙298˙290 €
 EC max contribution 2˙308˙803 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.1.4. (Active ageing and self-management of health)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
4. H2020-EU.3.1.6. (Health care provision and integrated care)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-04-01   to  2020-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    MERMAID CARE AS DK (NORRESUNDBY) coordinator 2˙308˙803.00


 Project objective

We are Mermaid Care - provider of leading ICT-based care systems for optimizing Ventilation Management within the Intensive Care Units (ICU) and anesthesia segment.

ICUs are some of the most resource-demanding hospital units consuming 20% of all hospital costs. A major contributor is the Length of Stay (LOS) of ventilated patients. Key to reducing costs is to reduce LOS. The process is difficult, as doctors have to decide on the proper ventilation strategy in a matter of minutes during his/her few daily rounds. Studies show that LOS can be drastically reduced if experts oversee the ventilation management 24/7 – clearly not a sustainable solution, we see a clear need for an ICT-based advisory system to aid 24/7 management.

We will deliver BEACON Caresystem – a breakthrough ventilation assistant. BEACON will potentially reduce LOS with 15-25% – additionally cutting ICU costs with the proportional amount. As an add-on to existing ventilation systems, it provides optimal ventilation recommendations based on non-stop, personalised monitoring. Basically a bed-site specialist. Based on unique diagnostics algorithms and physiological models, it recommends weaning off scenarios, supporting the critical decision-making processes. No one else offers this diagnostic and physiology-based approach (individualised care). The ICT-approach means BEACON changes workflow and empowers ICU nurses to take over a vast part of the management.

In the proposed project, BEACON value proposition (LOS reduction) will be clinically documented. Following the project, BEACON is launched on the EU market, allowing European hospitals to cut ICU costs and improve healthcare procedures. This project will allow us to accelerate sales volume from €0.8M in Y1 to €43M in Y5 and create 30 new European work places. Our innovation is based on 15 years of research and 10 patents.

In Q6-2017 we submitted a very similar proposal receiving a Seal of Excellence with a score of 13.71.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Savino Spadaro, Dan Stieper Karbing, Francesca Dalla Corte, Tommaso Mauri, Federico Moro, Antonio Gioia, Carlo Alberto Volta, Stephen Edward Rees
An open-loop, physiological model based decision support system can reduce pressure support while acting to preserve respiratory muscle function
published pages: 407-413, ISSN: 0883-9441, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2018.10.003
Journal of Critical Care 48 2019-05-10

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