Contribution to Hack the Crisis, the first weekend of April 2020.
Creating a virtual marketplace; for healthcare to state their needs, for industry actors to make their offers and subcontractors to describe their capabilities. Curated by business advisors, matchmakers within the government and experts such as medical tech professionals. Aiming to increase the speed to implementation, still adhering to regulations, and most of the different actors already on board.
Industry has largely shut down its operations. Bleeding money. Workers are losing the jobs and sense of purpose. The economy is suffering at large. At the same time, healthcare workers are on their way to exhaustion. Planned healthcare has to be postponed to focus on the urgent care in the intensive care units. Medical supplies and devices are running low. To replenish the supplies we are dependent on importing resources and devices, which is not a reliable strategy right now and perhaps in the near future due to the situation in other countries.
To fund the healthcare effort long-term we need to ramp up the production locally, to be self- sufficient. That will also engage society in the effort.
We are building an end-to-end marketplace, of sorts. Instead of every government agency, healthcare actor and municipality having their own effort and webpage to let people know how to help out - we offer a common “marketplace”.
A website where industry and subcontractors can register what they can contribute with. It might be stocks of medtech supplies they don’t need, employees better needed relieving the situation at the hospitals or retirement homes. Also for businesses willing to transform their operations to produce supplies needed in the covid19 effort. The business advisors and matchmakers in our digital solution is specialists from both healthcare and civil society. The team addressed this issue early on by recruiting a Lead developer from Region Västra Götaland and also partnering with Swelife, a strategic innovation programme, funded by Vinnova among others to make the potential for a national implementation more likely. To scale solutions nationally (for better health) is already one of the key missions for Swelife making then one of our most valuable enablers.
Partnering up with Region Västra Götaland gives us a network of business advisors, people familiar with the Medical Device Regulation and also an intermediary speeding up the matchmaking with the procurement office, the regional crisis organisation, and lots of experience scaling nationally. The team’s developers are familiar with the requirements fo both Region Västra Götaland and Socialstyrelsen from their everyday work. Making the acceptance of the technology likely to be adopted by such organisations if that is preferred later on.
The team also consists of IT managers, design thinkers, innovators and developers from the civil sector actor Norconsult. Their network, in both Sweden’s and Norway’s, industry is priceless and an asset to reach out. Norconsult can act as the service’s intermediary crew, between the business developers in healthcare with health domain knowledge, and the industry that might need some transformation to meet the demands. The solution, in tech terms, is a website available for vetted healthcare actors to register their needs. Both short term as well as more long term needs. Industry actors can register and make their offers, state which standards and regulations they already adhere to, offering their staff, etcetera.
The website crew, consisting of intermediaries from both healthcare sector and industry, will act creatively to see the potential, coaching all actors to find opportunities. Offering support on procurement, medical tech and other regulations.
Within Region Västra Götaland:
We already have connections to the brand new “fast track” of innovations. Where Innovationsplattformen chip in with business advisors skilled at implementing innovations, also their Grants Office if there is a need for external funding.
Another participant in the “fast track” is our team member Marcus Österberg, Lead developer at the department of health digitalisation. Marcus’ colleagues is experienced in medical tech, information security, among other things and are tasked with transforming healthcare and for now to make life easier for the people saving lives.
The webservice can be hosted within Region VG:s ordinary operations, since it’s built by the same web developers as the other public facing websites the region already operates.
Nationally, Swelife - a strategic innovation programme funded by Vinnova & Formas among others:
The team has found the support of Lars Lindsköld, working for Swelife in close cooperation with national agencies such as Socialstyrelsen (who are tasked with the centralised effort of medical supplies). Swelife works with implementing and scaling innovations nationally, bringing solutions to market, and even international cooperation. Lars will act as our evangelist throughout his network nationally, reaching Karolinska in Stockholm, pretty much all major universities and hospitals in Sweden.
Swelife can also make use of its network of other strategic innovation programmes (SIP) funded by Vinnova. To mention a couple of the more interesting SIPs:
Norconsult - to reach industry:
The team consists of a couple of key people from Norconsult. IT manager Martin Linderå Nordström, innovation manager Steve Cook and Anders Dahl as a developer. Their network and business connections are a key asset and have during the hack itself delivered some nice prospects, through industry think tanks, such as Sustainability Circle, for instance.
The team has extensively reached out though our network during the weekend and have a long list of potential partners, supporters and enablers of all kinds. The actionplan is to leverage this network as quick as possible, putting like-minded people at work to realise the plan.
Initially the hack team will be the crew behind the webservice to make the plan work out, but over time incorporate other people when needed and make use of all specialists at our organisations disposal.
Our tactical advantage is that we’re “already on the inside” at healthcare, close to the crisis and innovation sub-organisation. We have both a local and national network to leverage. Combined with the tech know-how and Norconsult’s know-how and network in industry and civil society makes for at strong setup. At least we think so :)
Prototype hosted at: