Telemedicine solutions to boost physical activity and improve health

1 march 2019

The Pirogov Surgery Center, Speech Pathology and Neurorehabilitation Center, and Moscow Agency of Innovations announce an open challenge to identify telemedicine solutions  that can help Moscow residents boost physical activity and improve health.


Digital technologies are increasingly used worldwide to help patients regain important functions and encourage healthy people to take preventive action and enhance their physical capabilities.  Telemedicine, or the remote delivery of healthcare services, such as health assessments or consultations, over the telecommunications infrastructure, is no longer the realm of science fiction. It is becoming an effective treatment option that saves lives.


The provision of remote medical services calls for a special approach to video conferencing. To take the full advantage of opportunities provided by telemedicine, a video conferencing platform must meet strict requirements. It must ensure continuity and quality of multi-user video communications (especially, when it comes to surgical operations), because patients' lives can depend on the image resolution, color reproduction, and clarity during such communications.


Pressed for time and not willing to spend hours on hospital visits, residents of mega cities tend to use telemedicine services often.


The Pirogov Surgery Center plans to start offering telemedicine services to more than 10,000 people (children and adults) annually.


General technological requirements

Proposed solutions should be:

  • universal, i.e. applicable to a wide range of objectives (prevention, post-treatment recovery, physical capability enhancement);
  • age-neutral, i.e. applicable to children, adults, and the elderly;
  • comprehensive, i.e. applicable to locomotor, cognitive and neuropsychological functions;  
  • open to personalization, i.e. it should be possible to adjust or change settings according to the needs of a specific user;
  • capable of storing the history of interactions with users for future retrieval;
  • simple to install and operate;
  • highly effective (based on evidence)

Additional requirements

  • cloud-friendly;
  • not requiring additional installations on the user's equipment;
  • legal-hurdle-free;
  • compatible with as many devices as possible (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.);
  • operational when the Internet is slow or down

Requirements to entrants

Participation is open to projects at various stages of development – from ideas to complete products. Small and medium innovative companies, entrepreneurs, research teams, and individual scientists are encouraged to apply.

Advantages for entrants

•   an opportunity to run a pilot project in Moscow's public infrastructure (at this stage, equipment for testing purposes should be provided free of charge for a period of time agreed by the parties);

•   an opportunity to become residents at one of Moscow's innovation infrastructure facilities on privileged terms

All entries should include the entrant's business model and solution description. The latter should include a detailed description of the operating principles, existing or anticipated limitations, implementation prerequisites, and resource requirements.

Submissions are accepted from Russian and international companies at, where they can register and publish information in Russian and English.

Submissions will be evaluated by a dedicated jury comprised of representatives of the Pirogov Surgery Center, Speech Pathology and Neurorehabilitation Center, Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, Moscow Healthcare Department, other executive authorities, and industry organizations.