this is why we PROPOSE a new service model to deliver and decentralise orthopedic care.
Over 75% of developing countries have no orthopedic training programs (ISPO). Therefore, the current supply of trained clinicians falls short by 40.000+ worldwide. In many upcoming economies, the available prosthetic service provision is heavily centralized/unequally distributed. Most centers lack sufficient adequate trained staff, appropriate equipment and tools. Hence, prosthetic care is not equally and readily accessible for amputees in rural areas. Our concept therefore leans on innovative high-quality, affordable technologies on the one hand and our service/distribution model to ensure the products make it to the rural areas; to the people who need it. This is what both models look like:
LegBank offers both services as well as products in order to decentralise orthopedic care for people in upcoming economies. One of our products is the Majicast; it is totally hands-free and its soft tissue control mechanism is patented. Its easy to adopt and implement in low-resource settings, enabling decentralization. In order to reach amputees in urban areas, we first target as prospective purchasers those organizations and professionals already working within the field of orthopedics. They are in business and have the capital to invest. This way we create the highest chances of revenue generation and short term profitability, enabling us to ramp-up the creation of orthopedic centers in the rural areas and decentralize prosthetic care. Our distribution model explains how we aim to reach out to people in rural areas.
OUR DISTRIBUTION MODEL
In order to decentralize and deliver prosthetic care in rural areas, we propose a blue print for orthopedic clinics, to help orthopedic clinicians to establish their own clinic, whilst increasing their viability, growth, drive for patient satisfaction and get compliant to the law. Ingredients of this formula: - Advise on product portfolio - Design of care and production facilities - Access to seed capital - Access to suppliers - Advise on marketing strategy - 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 is currently in development. The addvantage for patients is that 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.