Knowledge transfer from industry to healthcare

Knowledge transfer from industry to healthcare

Challenges in healthcare

Today, the Flemish healthcare sector is facing an increasing number of challenges which have social and economic effects. Numerous innovation projects have been initiated in order to cope with these challenges that have applications in various healthcare domains and which provide solutions to various healthcare issues.

With its participation in a number of these projects, H.Essers aims to bridge the gap between successful industrial processes and the healthcare sector. Hospitals and other retirement and care homes are also having to deal with material flows, digitisation, stock management and other processes for which the logistics sector has already devised various solutions and which have been successfully implemented.

In each of the following projects, H. Essers has played a different role, ranging from being a participant in a study project, the initiator of a demonstration project, to being a participant in a test-bed study, making it possible for it to share its accumulated knowledge on healthcare logistics with other players and partners.

CareVille Limburg – Moving Care

CareVille Limburg is a test-bed that focuses on enhancing ‘healthcare mobility’, aimed at enabling older people to live at home for longer in a high-quality, safe and affordable environment.
In this case, healthcare mobility includes the mobility of the care recipient (for example, enhancing mobility, social participation and navigation through the transmural chain, etc.), the mobility of the healthcare product or process (efficient provision of healthcare products and processes, such as medication, telemonitoring, etc.), and the mobility of the care provider (for example, efficient care and service provision, and navigation through the transmural chain, etc.).

Project partners: The City of Genk, the City of Hasselt, Fifthplay, U-sentric, LifeTech Limburg, POM Limburg, Jessa Hospital, Oost-Limburg Hospital, Koninklijke Limburgse ApothekersVerbond, Wit-Gele Kruis, Familiehulp, OCMW Genk and Hasselt, and H.Essers.
The project was launched in February 2014 and will run until January 2017.

HIPS

The HIPS project started on 1 March. HIPS aims to provide innovation by coordinating and optimising patient, material and information processes in hospitals.
The project aspires to optimise alignment of management processes of available resources within a hospital (goods, staff, equipment) and the associated information flows with the patient’s care process, in a flexible, transparent way, in order to ensure the operational KPIs remain in balance.

Project partners: Ameron, Auxcis, Time2Trace, AZ Maria Middelares Hospital, AZ Nikolaas Hospital, Iminds-CSI-Ugent, Iminds-IBCN-Ugent, Iminds-SMIT-VUB and H.Essers.

MHuDA

This service will demonstrate that it is possible to recycle medical devices in a qualitative and responsible way, ensuring that their use and availability remain affordable. The project is being carried out by H.Essers in collaboration with the Wit-Gele Kruis Limburg, Eco Technical Medical Office and Aucxis, and is one of the five demonstration projects approved by the Flemish Government-sponsored Flanders’ Care project.
Through demonstration projects, the Flemish Government aims to provide innovative solutions more quickly for genuine healthcare needs by bringing healthcare providers, the business community and knowledge institutions together in a single project.

MHuDA will be set up according to the principle of strict ‘service provision’. This means that the ‘returns’ process to be implemented will be complementary to the activities being carried out by the providers who are currently involved in the provision and distribution of medical devices. MHuDA aims to establish generic ‘returns’ processes of valuable medical devices on behalf of a client. This service can be considered ‘new’ for the healthcare sector in Flanders because no established generic returns processes of valuable medical devices are currently supported by a service provider. The deployment of returns processes in industry, however, is generally common practice.

Project partners: Wit-Gele Kruis Limburg, Eco Technical Medical Office, Aucxis and H.Essers.

For more information, please contact Jan Lampaert via jan.lampaert@essers.com.