On 18 March 2022, the National Agency for Regional Health Services (Agenas) published a notice to collect proposals for public-private partnerships aimed at awarding the concession for the design, implementation and management of the national platform for telemedicine provided for by the “Health” mission of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.
- According to the notice, partnership proposals can be submitted by qualified economic operators having the technical and professional qualifications provided for by law no later than 18 May 2022.
- The main objective of the platform is to reduce the differences among regions and create a fundamental level of interoperability aimed at ensuring common standards for telemedicine services developed by each region, enhancing what is already available at the local level and completing the service portfolio.
- To ensure greater supervision over the award of the platform, Agenas signed a protocol with the National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) with the purpose of verifying that the tender documentation complies with the applicable regulation and identifying clauses and conditions suitable for preventing criminal infiltration attempts. In this regard, the ANAC will monitor the legitimacy of: (i) the tender notice or the invitation letter in the case of negotiated procedures; (ii) the tender rules; (iii) the tender specifications; (iv) the draft contract; (v) the contract entered into by the parties; (vi) the decisions appointing commissioners and members of the evaluation committee; (vii) the exclusion and awarding decisions; (viii) the tender minutes; and (ix) the minutes excluding abnormally low offers.