Transparency in Healthcare Procurement

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Peritiae supported a consortium of more than 1800 public bodies to propose to the European Commission the "House of Glass" project. The initiative includes: Asmez, Transparency International, Voices from the blogs, Ca' Foscari University, University of Nis and YoolabTeam.

The proposed project enables small and medium public bodies (i.e. municipalities) to adopt innovative processes and ICT solutions to procure goods and services.

The project action is oriented to come the following scenario to reality:

a)    A public advice for good ad services acquisition, in addition to the “as usual” publication on official sites and channels is published on “social” channels too. The presence on social channels is properly publicized (i.e. with “viral” techniques) to reach the broadest portion of interested subjects.

b)   The process under public evidence is performed:

  1. Adopting best practices to improve transparency and corruption prevention / contrast;
  2. Using an experimental public procurement platform;

c)    In addition to the features of a common “off-the-shelf” electronic procurement platform, the experimental platform:

  1. Exports, as public data (open-data) the interesting information during the process;
  2. Publishes the information as soon as possible (according to the lows) in “near real-time”;
  3. Makes the information available in the deeper detail is possible;
  4. Allows the users (public officials and process owners) to make “ex-ante” and “ex-post” analysis on procurement processes into the administration they belong or on data of different administrations.

d)   After the process conclusion, the data are archived but remain available for future analysis.

e)    The most relevant analysis available to public officers are:

  1. Discovery of “pattern” that can demonstrate non-transparent phenomena or that can rise suspects;
  2. Discovery of recurring (or exceptional) phenomena between processes (involved officials, winners companies, purchased good and services etc.);
  3. Discovery of recurring relationship between the above elements;
  4. Discovery of abnormal fluctuations (or absence of fluctuations) of economic values along the processes;

Since a general object of the project is to measure the effects of the pilot experiences, a set of socio-economic indicators are defined and evaluated at the beginning and are monitored along the pilot experience.

The indicators aim to represent both the real and the perceived transparency and corruption rate taking into account the “net sentiment” too.