Innovation procurement: bridging a health care gap

The gap between the demand for health care and available resources has been growing rapidly. The drivers behind such a widening gap include an aging population, growing regulatory pressures and resource constraints. One solution to bridge this gap is innovation. Health care organizations are, for the most part, unaware of the benefits that a proactive approach to procurement of innovative new solutions can bring.

Nya Karolinska Solna (NKS) is a new state-of-the-art hospital currently under construction next to Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Sweden. NKS is being built to meet the demands of the future of health and medical care – with a greater focus on patient needs, faster provision of care and increased patient safety, with single rooms for all inpatients.

The vision is for it to be a “hospital of the future.” NKS will provide highly specialized health care and conduct academic research, patient-focused clinical research and education. This new location, to open its doors to the public in 2016, is pioneering innovation procurement as an answer to the challenges facing the sector.

In collaboration with the existing Karolinska University Hospital and Stockholm County Council, EY has worked to help the new hospital adopt an approach for equipping it with medical technology equipment (MTE) that supports innovation. This approach requires close collaboration, research and knowledge, but also funds and commitment.

Karolinska University Hospital has a strategic focus on innovation and innovation procurement, aiming to create initial, continuous and sustainable improvements regarding the cost and quality of care, so patients can expect greater-value health care. It is, therefore, important that each procurement package of MTE for the new hospital reaches its full potential for innovation.

There are four considerations: procurement of new equipment, relocation of existing equipment, collaborations for development and innovation, and addressing future health care needs. EY works together with Karolinska University Hospital to define the extent of innovation and potential for innovation in each equipment package and, based on this, identify the best procurement strategy and approach for achieving that potential. EY then supports the client through the procurement processes regarding each package.

As these procurement approaches are relatively new and untested, pilot projects are used to gather knowledge and experience on an initially smaller scale, as well as identify best practice moving forward. Early results show that MTE suppliers are impressed by these new methods and are very positive, claiming that we are now causing a change in how MTE will be supplied in the future and how the entire business model for this will change.

The complete article was written by:

  • Linda M Andersson
    Partner Advisory Services EY, Sweden
  • Alexander Rannaleet
    Consultant Advisory Services EY, Sweden

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