This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agreement No 101015930.

Project Overview

Key Facts

Funding Programme



01.12.2020 – 31.01.2023


5.6 million euro

Millions of people have been diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2. As a reaction to the continuously rising numbers, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme has set up an innovation action to support projects developing tools and technologies to improve surveillance and care of COVID-19 patients.

More than 10% of infected patients have received treatment in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Insufficient data and limited knowledge on the disease as well as the lack of tools to support the intensivist in making accurate, timely and informed decisions has led to high mortality rates.

Continuous surveillance, the collection and intelligent analysis of data from many sources, including ventilators and electrical impedance tomography, would allow intensivists to decide on the best suitable treatment to accelerate the recovery of the often comorbid COVID-19 patients, while reducing the burden on clinical staff and healthcare costs. This information would also increase our understanding of the yet unknown course of disease, supporting other stakeholders in the quest for new therapies.

In ENVISION, our multidsciplinary public-private consortium will advance an existing innovative digital tool, the real-time plug-and play monitoring app Sandman.MD, to an intelligent decision-support system for monitoring, prediction and treatment of COVID-19 patients in ICUs – the Sandman.ICU. The current app has been developed by our company partner app@work and successfully introduced by several hospitals in Germany for use during the perioperative period. The Sandman.ICU will be integrated into an AI-driven data analytics suite with predictive modelling tools and will be enhanced with a smart alert functionality. The digital tool will be validated and demonstrated in 12 hospitals across Europe. Our Health Technology Assessment expert partner, the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), will demonstrate the economic and societal value of Sandman.ICU, while our SME partner Intelligent Data Analytics (iDA) will manage the innovation process in view of an immediate market uptake. The rollout will be supported by the European Society of Anaesthesiology.


Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, DE


  • accelopment Deutschland GmbH, DE
  • accelopment Schweiz AG, CH
  • app@work GmbH, DE
  • Central Hospital of Southern Pest National Institute of Hematology and Infectious Disease, HU
  • Centro Hospitalar e Universitario de Coimbra E.P.E., PT
  • European Society of Anaesthesiology, BE
  • Institut Catala de la Salut, ES
  • Intelligent Data Analytics GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • Lietuvos Sveikatos Mokslu Universiteto Ligonine Kauno Klinikos, LT
  • Löwenstein Medical Innovation GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • Semmelweis Egyetem, HU
  • Spitalul Clinic Judetan De Urgenta Pius Brinzeu Timisoara, RO
  • Tampere University, FI
  • Universita degli Studi di Perugia, IT
  • Universita degli Studi di Torino, IT
  • Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, NL
  • Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie Carol Davila din Bucuresti, RO
  • Univerzitetni Klinicni Center Ljubljana, SI
  • Univerzitetni Klinicni Center Maribor, SI
  • University College London, UK