Headlines: September 29th, 2014

By specifying the end result, rather than the process of achieving it, a Dutch hospital has slashed the cost of bed cleaning by 35 per cent.

The Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam asked the bidders to design a more cost and environmentally efficient solution to disinfect the hospital’s 70,000 beds and mattresses.

The contract was won by IMS Medical, who proposed a creative approach – high precision cleaning robots that disinfect the beds in a conveyor belt format, similar to the set-up employed by car manufacturers. Through the facility, the cleaning costs per bed were lowered by 35 percent compared with the existing solution, and the CO2 footprint reduced by 65 percent.

This procurement resulted in the Erasmus Medical Centre winning the Public Procurement of Innovation Award in Ghent. The Dutch hospital, which overcame competition from five other finalists, was praised by the jury for its innovative robotic bed washing facility. The award was presented by Bonifacio Garcia Porras of DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.

European Commissioner Ferdinando Nelli Feroci said: “Improved public procurement practices can help foster market uptake of innovative products and services and will raise the quality of public services. “Public procurement has a significant role to play in stimulating innovation to ensure that Europe successfully meets future economic, social and environmental challenges.

Procurement requirements that demand innovative solutions can stimulate new sources of jobs and growth in Europe. I warmly congratulate the winner of the PPI Award and I hope that the procurement practices of the winner and the nominees will act as an inspiration to others.”
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