FORCE Technology’s IdemoLab has helped Glostrup Hospital expand its analytical comfort zone by contributing with technological ideas for a new rehabilitation centre.

By Lasse Skytt

New neuro rehabilitation centre

Within the next 2-3 years, a brand-new neuro rehabilitation centre will be built in connection with Glostrup Hospital. Planning of the project has begun, and soon, the centre will offer rehabilitation for patients with spinal cord disorders and traumatic and complex brain injuries.

IdemoLab – an integral role in technological idea development

FORCE Technology’s IdemoLab has played an important role in the technological idea development of the neuro centre’s facilities. Project manager Morten Christiansson from Glostrup Hospital explains:

“In the healthcare industry, we are often suboptimising things, but with an innovative project like this one, we wanted to avoid the common home-blindness. Therefore, we joined forces with FORCE Technology who could contribute with their innovative technology solutions in order to help us out of our own analytical comfort zone,” says Morten Christiansson about the cooperation with IdemoLab.

Workshops to aid the innovation process of the neuro rehabilitation centre

Mikkel Leth Olsen from FORCE Technology’s IdemoLab states that the innovation process especially focused on identifying the opportunities and challenges which the neuro rehabilitation centre and its staff will meet. For that reason, two extensive workshops with the clinical personnel were arranged, one at the Glostrup Hospital and one at FORCE Technology’s office in Hørsholm.

“During the workshops, we presented a number of visions for the centre’s use of technology as well as evaluating myriad criteria to evaluate new technology. The output of the workshops were concepts for future process and operation, categorised by theme,” Mikkel Leth Olsen explains, and gives a few examples:

“An example of the categories included automatic registration of rehabilitation, materials status and location, or registration of a patient’s movement. Another focused-on communication, for example telemedicine inspired solutions for communicating to the patients, their relatives or to the staff remotely, or easy to access information about equipment and use,” FORCE Technology’s specialist in technological innovation says and mentions welfare technology as a potential solution to some of the challenges.

A fruitful cooperation improving innovation within the healthcare sector

To work with innovation within the healthcare sector and to create new ideas in cooperation with professional health workers was an interesting process, Mikkel Leth Olsen adds:

“In FORCE Technology’s IdemoLab, we often concentrate on implementing innovation into existing contexts, and in this case, it was about new thinking from scratch – obviously with respect for the customer’s preferences. The healthcare staff is very professional and has thorough scientific knowledge; they see things from a different angle than us which was fruitful for all the different activities in our cooperation process. It was also interesting that many of them, independently of each other, came up with similar ways to solve problems,” Mikkel Leth Olsen recalls.

The neuro rehabilitation centre design

The neuro rehabilitation centre at Glostrup Hospital will cover an area of 25,000 square meters with room for 125 beds. Optimal utilisation of space, simpler work shifts, and new technologies were some of the factors that project manager Morten Christiansson was hoping to receive inputs to during the two workshops with FORCE Technology.

“And fortunately, we experienced that the people from FORCE Technology were able to present new thoughts and open our world to the many possible options, at the same time with good respect for our users and the context they live in. For instance, FORCE Technology emphasised that by now, technology is so advanced that we should not limit ourselves when it comes to potential technological solutions,” explains Morten Christiansson.

He is now looking forward to the project’s next development phases in which he could easily imagine FORCE Technology playing a continuous role.

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