Baltic Fracture Competence Centre
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Dr. Anna Eckers
Project Manager
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The Bal­tic Frac­ture Com­pe­tence Centre BFCC res­pon­ded to the challen­ges fa­cing inno­vative with­in frac­ture ma­nage­ment by ai­ming at ac­cele­rated and ef­fec­tive trans­na­tio­nal colla­bora­tion for inno­vation with­in frac­ture manage­ment in the Baltic Sea Re­gion. The BFCC de­ve­loped and im­ple­ment a trans­na­tio­nal frac­ture regis­try plat­form of 5 hospi­tals from Es­to­nia, Ger­ma­ny, Lithua­nia, Po­land and Swe­den, allo­wing a com­pari­son of the pro­cess and out­come quality across ins­ti­tu­tions and coun­tries. This trans­natio­nal re­search and inno­vation infra­struc­ture foster­ed the evi­dence based identi­fication of cli­ni­cal best prac­tice and needs for inno­vation.

BFCC es­ta­blish­ed a trans­natio­nal colla­bora­tion plat­form be­tween hos­pi­tals and in­dus­try, which were tes­ted in 3 trans­na­tio­nal pi­lots, with 5 hos­pi­tals and 3 com­pa­nies in­volved. With its lead part­ner Life Science Nord Manage­ment, its 12 fur­ther pro­ject part­ners and its 26 associated or­ga­ni­sa­tions the BFCC had an ex­cellent basis to es­tab­lish a Bal­tic Sea Re­gion wide plat­form for future colla­bora­tion and there­by fos­ter inno­vation with­in frac­ture manage­ment.

As part of the EUSBSR flag­ship pro­ject Scan­Balt Health­Region the pro­ject opened the re­search and inno­vation in­fra­struc­ture and all identi­fied inno­vation needs to all Bal­tic Sea Re­gion com­pa­nies.

Project profile

Project Goals & Activities

  • New frac­ture re­gis­tries im­ple­men­ted in 4 hos­pi­tals in Ger­ma­ny, Lithua­nia, Po­land and Es­to­nia
  • Trans­na­tio­nal frac­ture re­gis­try plat­form in­teg­ra­ting data from five hos­pi­tals in­clu­ding ex­is­ting regis­try in Swe­den and Den­mark
  • Pro­vi­ding ac­cess to trans­na­tio­nal frac­ture re­gis­try to fors­ter inno­va­tion
  • Asso­ciated re­ports ana­lyzing trans­natio­nal regis­try data as well as in­clu­ding a bench­mark of frac­ture ma­na­ge­ment and health out­come across Bal­tic Sea coun­tries
  • High­light­ing inno­vation po­ten­tials of com­plete path­way of frac­ture treat­ment based on regis­try data
  • Es­tab­lish­ing a trans­natio­nal re­search and inno­vation colla­bora­tion plat­form be­tween hos­pi­tals and indus­try
  • In­volv­ement of in­ter­na­tio­nal stake­holder from all kind of re­le­vant sec­tors
  • Edu­cation and trai­ning of frac­ture clini­cians and other health pro­fessio­nals
  • R & I pilots be­tween hos­pi­tals and indus­try

Impact on target groups

  • Medi­cal pro­fes­sio­nals: Pro­fes­sio­nal de­ve­lop­ment in frac­ture treat­ment, bench­mark with other medi­cal pro­fes­sio­nals, bench­mark of diffe­rent treat­ment methods
  • Hos­pi­tals: Qua­lity bench­mark with other hos­pitals/coun­tries (po­si­tive and ne­ga­tive out­liers), re­duce comp­li­ca­tions, re­duce costs
  • Cli­ni­cal re­search: Real life data, mirror­ing real life con­di­tions, huge amount of pa­ti­ents, hypo­thesis ge­ne­ration, epi­demio­logi­cal data
  • Com­panies: Inno­vation needs and po­ten­tials, pro­duct comp­laints/re­call, per­spec­tive health eco­nomic mo­del­ling, ac­cele­rate mar­ket access, effi­cient post-mar­ket sur­veil­lance
  • Health aut­hori­ties and health in­suran­ce: Po­ten­tials for cost re­duc­tions, epi­demio­logy of frac­tures, plan­ning of health care pro­vision

Project Partners

  • Lead Part­ner: Life Science Nord Manage­ment GmbH (Ger­ma­ny)
  • Stryker Trauma GmbH (Ger­ma­ny)
  • Uni­versity Medi­cal Center Schles­wig-Hol­stein (Ger­ma­ny)
  • Uni­versity Medi­cine Greifs­wald (Ger­ma­ny)
  • Sahlgrenska Uni­versity Hos­pital (Swe­den)
  • ScanBalt fmba (pre­vious­ly Den­mark, now Es­to­nia)
  • Lithua­nia Uni­versity of Health Science (Lithua­nia)
  • LifeScience Klaster Krakow (Poland)
  • University Hospital Krakow (Poland)
  • University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • Tartu Biotechnology Park Ltd (Estonia)
  • Bone Index Finland Ltd. (Finland)
  • Bonesupport (Sweden)

The development of the project has been supported by DSN-Connecting Knowledge.

Project duration

March 2016 - February 2019

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