September 9, 2013 — Medtronic Inc. has formed Medtronic Hospital Solutions, a new business focused on developing novel partnerships with hospitals to provide services directly related to hospital operational efficiency. The new business will focus initially on offering services in Europe to manage and modernize catheterization laboratory (cath lab) facilities, bringing sustainable efficiencies and programs to this critical area of hospital cardiology departments.
Medtronic Hospital Solutions also has announced it was awarded its first tenders with two leading hospitals in Europe. These two long-term tenders have been awarded to Medtronic to manage cath lab facilities for the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) NHS Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London. Medtronic will manage these hospitals’ cath labs to high standards, providing the latest medical technology and infrastructure, optimizing operational efficiency, running daily operations and developing local cardiac services markets, including the care pathway for patients who need access to cardiac care. Medtronic will administer four UHSM cath labs at Wythenshawe Hospital and five Imperial College Healthcare cath labs based at Hammersmith Hospital.
Through the Hospital Solutions business, Medtronic will collaborate with hospitals to create efficiencies by offering a suite of tools and process models that help healthcare providers to improve the quality and efficiency of their service delivery, including ensuring affordable access to the latest technologies and treatment options. These efforts will also address and expand patient care pathways, potentially increasing access to care for patients. This is at a time when hospitals and health systems are being challenged to meet the demands of an aging population.
In a pilot program conducted last year where Medtronic provided similar hospital efficiency solutions, Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands estimated it had saved an estimated $6 million USD in one year. During this time Medtronic provided on-site program management to help with hospital staff training, embedding a performance improvement culture, and driving improvements in efficiency, quality, clinical outcomes and patient experience.
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