STARS Final Conference

A consortium of five leading European hospitals from Netherlands, Italy and Spain uses the European Commission’s pre-commercial procurement (PCP) contractual scheme to challenge and stimulate European industry.

The goal of the STARS project ( is to design, to develop and to test a resilient support tool, to be applied for 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. This implies also the reduction of stress of the caregivers, the medical staff as well as for the family of the patients.

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.

STARS project started in 2017 and will end in June 2022. Now the two solutions developed in the last two years are in the clinical testing phase (ending in May 2022). More information about both solutions can be found on the project’s webpage:

The STARS project and the contractors will present the results of the clinical testing phase including user experience, testimonials, and buyers’ group insights at the online final conference as well as the project itself and the lessons learnt from the PCP process!

Please register and learn about the stress reduction solutions!



09.00Welcome and Introduction
Ine Vandewauw, University Maastricht
09.05Overview of STARS PCP: from unmet needs to clinical prototype testing
Ine Vandewauw, University Maastricht
09.25The solution developed by Adhera Health
Luis Fernandez-Luque, Adhera Health
09.40The solution developed by Evidenze
Ana Génova and Joan Escudero, Evidenze
09.55Coffee Break
10.10Field testing overview, user experience, testimonials, and buyers group insights
Andrea Vallejo, MD, Parc Taulí
10.40Good practices and lessons learnt from the PCP process
Ine Vandewauw, University Maastricht
Esther Lacko-van der Slikke, Maastricht University Medical Center +
11.10Closing remarks
Ine Vandewauw, University Maastricht


As the conference already took place, the registration is closed.


Juan Carmona-Schneider
Health, Innovative Procurement, Internationalisation