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A medical device multinational with locations in the Netherlands and various other European countries is searching for a touchless in-hospital inventory management system.

Country of origin:
Country: 
NETHERLANDS
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TRNL20200603001
Published
04/06/2020
Last update
09/06/2020
Expiration date
09/06/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Applications for Health
Applications for Transport and Logistics
ASP Application Service Providing
Operation Planning and Scheduler System
Medical instruments
Diagnostic equipment
Surgical instrumentation and equipment
Hospital and other institutional management
Other medical/health related (not elsewhere classified)
Hospital activities
Specialist medical practice activities
Other human health activities
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Summary

Summary: 
A global operating medical device producer with sites in the Netherlands is looking for a robust technology to enable remote monitoring of inventory consumption of their medical devices in hospitals. Due to the sensitive area of usage, the requested solution must adhere to local regulatory requirements. The company is looking for a collaboration with industrial partners and envisions a commercial agreement with technical assistance, a license agreement or a technical cooperation agreement.

Description

Description: 

The medical company transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for more than 30 years, the company advances science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare.
The company is active in the field of interventional cardiology, rhythm management, electro-physiology, peripheral vascular interventions, neuro-modulation, endoscopy and urology.
In order to constantly innovate and to meet the high demands in its technological need the company searches for novel technologies and innovations.

Hospitals utilise a huge variety of medical devices to support clinical procedures for various cardio/vascular diseases. Typically, more than 800 different products are on stock. Some are high runners with multiple units on stock, frequently being ordered. Other products are rarely used, and just single units have been kept on stock. However, there can never be a void in stock of any item as it is uncertain when a patient needs a specific product.
Clinical hospital staff are typically not technical or logistical experts. On top of that, as many patient cases come in as urgencies, it is a very stressful working environment, making planning of the required inventory difficult. The best option so far is to consider what is being consumed over as known as a 6-month period and based on this ensure a safety stock of inventory is at hand all time. But as the tracking of consumption is far from optimal, safety stock levels are kept artificially far too high to avoid risking running out of stock. Although suppliers can often deliver products within 24 hours, replenishment orders are most not given in time. Due to the medical device costs and short shelf life on products (max 12-24 months), most products are on consignment.

Here, a basic question can be stated as: “How can medical suppliers use robust technology to enable remote monitoring of inventory consumption of their medical devices?” Due to the sensitive area of usage, the solution must adhere to local regulatory requirements.

The company is looking for a technology solution that can fit into the hospital operating theatre/Cath Lab that can enable capturing what is being consumed and communicating this information back to the supplier’s own logistic centre. Foreseen is i.e. a mix of hardware and software components using internet as communication pathway with potentially smart labels applied by the supplier to the products when initially shipped out to the hospital customer for their individual identification.

The company would expect the stage of the technology to be at or beyond proof of feasibility and preferably already be proven in commercial applications, not necessarily medical. Therefore the company is looking for SMEs or technical research groups who can help them to develop a total solution in an online environment: “What innovative ideas exist about using technology for this purpose?”

The envisioned partners are experienced in the field of the development of software- and hardware preferably related to on-line monitoring and logistics. The company envisions a commercial agreement with technical assistance, a license agreement or a technical cooperation agreement. When serving the purpose also other agreements can be envisioned.

This technology request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
The requested technology is a mix of hardware and software components using internet as communication pathway with potentially smart labels applied by the supplier to the products when initially shipped out to the hospital customer for their individual identification. The company is looking for expertise in the following disciplines: • Software- and hardware development (or leveraging existing standards) • Technology architecture & design • Logistics • Software integration skills • Mathematics (algorithms) • Creative thinking

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company is looking for SMEs or technical research groups who can help to develop a total solution in an online environment. The company envisions a commercial agreement with technical assistance, a license agreement or a technical cooperation agreement, since the request most likely needs a total solution of an existing technology and/or product. But also novel technologies and/or applications may be developed here and integrally applied. The international cooperation may lead to the desired outcome: “a touchless in-hospital inventory management system”. It is expected that the partner supplies software and / or hardware technology or ideas which eventually will lead to the envisioned monitoring system. The company foresees a long-term commitment. This and the practical organisation of the cooperation will be discussed together with the selected partners as result of the open innovation business challenge. The partner’s role may lead to: • The sale or licensing of an exciting product and technology • An assignment to develop a technology or application • An assignment to realize a prototype or pilot • Support and test environment And furthermore: • Probability of a follow-up order, scaling up or lasting cooperation • Interesting network of cooperation partners and municipalities, which can also be used to spread your concept further if it is demonstrably effective • Diverse environment with Europe, the Middle East and Africa and global potentials IMPORTANT NOTE: This technology request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform. If an organisation does express interest in cooperation with this firm before closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform on which one can get in touch with the company experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the company will select the SME's with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, EOI's for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,251-500,SME 51-250