Iedereen spreekt over “flexibel werken”, maar al snel blijkt dat dit een term is die vele interpretaties kent. Flexibiliteit wordt zo een verzamelnaam van variabele werkomstandigheden telkens met een ander doel indachtig. Het kan bekeken worden vanuit het standpunt van de werkgever en vanuit het standpunt van de werknemer. Een werkgever wil zijn personeel zo flexibel mogelijk kunnen inzetten om zo goed mogelijk aan de variabele vraag van zorg te kunnen voldoen. Een werknemer bekijkt hoe de job zo flexibel mogelijk kan worden ingevuld (tijd, plaats, inhoud) om leuk en uitdagend te zijn, en een ideale balans tussen het werk en het privéleven te creëren. In deze tekst geven we een overzicht van de verschillende types flexibiliteit die relevant zijn voor een ziekenhuis. Hierbij geven we ook een aantal voorbeelden hoe flexibiliteit vorm kan krijgen in de dagelijkse realiteit. We focussen ons voornamelijk op verpleegkundigen, maar veel aangehaalde vormen van flexibel werken kunnen ook van toepassing zijn op andere werknemers.
At the end of 2012, the chief information officer (CIO) at UCB, a global pharmaceutical company based in Brussels, started to implement analytics as a service. Between 2012 and 2016, he put this vision into practice, introducing agile sprints and proving the competence of analytics within the organization, and at the beginning of 2016, he felt the company was ready to upgrade its analytics capability. As he prepared to meet with UCB’s chief executive officer in March 2016, the CIO considered how to advise the board as the organization worked to make an impact with analytics and big data against the backdrop of digital turbulence in its strategic environment. How could UCB balance empowerment and bottom-up experimentation with enterprise focus and control? What was the best location for analytics roles and responsibilities within the organization?
Van Dyck, Walter; Schoonaert, Lies; Geldof, Tine; Govaerts, Laurenz (2018)
To balance the societal need for affordability of medicines with the industrial need for sustained innovation, the present pharmaceutical technology supply-driven system needs to become a societal demand-driven system. Value-based pricing is considered to be a key component of such a system, next to the conditional dialogue between payer and industry we proposed in previous work (Van Dyck, De Grève et al. 2016) in which it should be embedded.
To find out how far Belgian pharmaceutical healthcare-related decision-making has evolved within this paradigm, we empirically investigated the access and reimbursement decision-making of the Belgian Commission for Reimbursement of Medicines (CRM) for the period 2010 – 2017. We combined this investigation with previous work in a meta-analysis in order to have the most complete picture possible of the present factors influencing decision-making in the Belgian system.
This white paper explores the current situation in the healthcare sector – and where it could be in the future. It outlines how we can make our health organisations more innovative – and crucially, how we can decide which ideas are worth investing in.
Boute, Robert; Van den Broeke, Maud; Deneire, Kristof (Interfaces, 2018)
In this article, we present how Barco, a global technology company, used an operations research optimization model, which was supported by an efficient solution method, to implement platforms—common structures from which sets of products could be made—for the design and production of its high-tech medical displays. Our optimization model captures all cost aspects related to the use of platforms, thus, it is an objective tool that considers the input from marketing, sales, research and development (R&D), operations, and the supply chain. This comprehensive view allowed Barco to avoid the excessive costs that may result from the implementation of an incorrect platform. Our model supported Barco in determining the elements that should comprise each platform, the number of platforms to develop, and the products to derive from each platform. The results of the project led to reductions in safety stock and increased flexibility due to the use of platforms: R&D can now introduce twice as many products using the same resources, thus increasing Barco's earnings by over 5 million euros annually and reducing product introduction time by nearly 50 percent.
Osei-Frimpong, K.; Wilson, A.; Lemke, Fred (Technological forecasting and social change, 2018)
The healthcare sector has undergone a number of transformations in recent years, partly due to recent advances in technology. This triggered our study to examine patients' desire to seek health information largely driven by increased access via the Internet and the cumulative impacts on value co-creation. We employed a sequential exploratory design involving a phenomenological approach in the qualitative phase, followed by a quantitative survey design to further our understanding of the influence of technology in co-creating value in healthcare at the micro level. Advances in technology have empowered patients to be informed, which enabled them to play an active role in clinical encounters with the doctor. The findings suggest pre-encounter information search impacts positively on improved service engagement and commitment to compliance with medical instructions. It does this by shaping the nature of interactions, enhancing provider-patient orientation, and increasing their involvement in a shared decision-making process. From a theoretical perspective, our study integrates multiple research perspectives (e.g., access to information, online information seeking and knowledge creation, healthcare consultation models, etc.) and extends research on patient integration, participation, and co-creation of value. The conceptualization of value co-creation activities in this study suggests a need for service providers to adopt delivery approaches that would effectively integrate patient resources to co-create value.
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