Majicast Update: After our demonstration in Colombia, we demonstrated the Majicast at the ISPO 2017 Conference in South Africa. We continued testing in the Netherlands and in the UK ever since. Currently, several people walk on a prosthesis with a socket created by the Majicast. In January 2018 we will send our first batch to Colombia in order to do a commercial pilot with 5 orthopedic clinics.
An app Through the in-dept interviews we held with three small orthopedic clinics, we better understand their biggest obstacles to work efficiently and professionally. One of the low hanging fruit is tackling the time consuming 'paperwork'. The law asks them to fill in over 10 different types of forms for each patient. We have therefore created an app in order to help prosthetic clinicians to follow protocols for patient treatment and for production of devices. We are now creating a prototype and we aim to test it with Colombian labs in June 2017.
Blue Print In order to decentralize and deliver prosthetic care, we propose a blue print for orthopedic clinics, to help orthopedic clinicians to establish their own clinic in rural areas, whilst increasing their viability, growth, drive for patient satisfaction and get compliant to the law. Advantage for patients: currently, rural patients often have nowhere to go within their regions, which can result in device abandonment. Therefore nearby access to maintenance and repair services is important. This proximity also benefits the initial stages of fitting and adoption. Ingredients of this formula:
- Advise on product portfolio
- Design of care and production facilities
- Access to seed capital
- Access to suppliers
- Advise on marketing strategies
- Access to innovative, affordable, context-fitted technology (for instance D-rev knee, Majicast, etc.)
- Support systems that help with bookkeeping, stock keeping, patient admin, payroll and financial forecasting. This needs to be developed.
We will integrate all the above solutions in the orthopedic clinic we are currently establishing in Colombia.
Through our research, we also learned that the law for orthopedic clinics has changed in Colombia over the past years. Orthopedic labs now need to live up to new health care standards; they have to change their infrastructure, safety measures, the way they record their patients, etc. A pretty expensive trajectory. Therefore we offered three rural labs in Cucutá, Tumaco, Neiva a visit by a consultant to advise them how to comply with the new law. This information is really useful for the own orthopedic lab we are currently establishing in collaboration with Colombian clinicians in rural Colombia.