The Baltic Fracture Competence Centre (BFCC) is a pan-Baltic fracture cooperation network fostering innovation within fracture management. The project consortium consists of a transnational cross-sector partnership involving six hospitals, three companies from the medical technology industry, a research institution, three clusters and one technology transfer organisation.
Due to an ageing society the need for innovative products and clinical procedures for fracture treatment is increasing as a response to age-related fractures and co-morbidities such as osteoporosis, infections and non-unions. Innovations in fracture management must reduce the cost of care or clearly improve the quality of care.
Lack of information
Clinicians and companies often lack insight information about the total costs and effectiveness of fracture management and causes of adverse health outcome in the hospitals. To overcome this information gap the BFCC will develop and implement a transnational fracture registry of six hospitals from Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden providing evidence about fracture treatment in the clinical “real world” and reveal clinical needs and potentials for innovation.
Identifying the clinical needs
Clinicians will support the innovation process by identifying the clinical needs to ensure user-oriented product development. The collaboration between hospitals across countries will foster the innovation of clinical procedures through the exchange of best practice in fracture management influenced by different national, organisational and regulatory conditions.
Tests in pilots
To test the BFCC platform for its performance regarding industry-hospital cooperation, three demonstration pilots will be carried out within the research areas of I) Infections after fractures, II) bone density measurement after fractures and III) complication management after fracture treatment.
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The project will be supported by so called associated partners – a stakeholder network which represents further companies, hospitals, universities, medical associations, political institutions and health authorities.
The BFCC is part of the flagship project HealthRegion of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The project contributes to achieving the objectives of improving cooperation, exploiting the full potential in research and innovation as well as of maintaining and reinforcing attractiveness of the Baltic Sea Region. The project’s focus is on promoting transnational research and innovation between hospitals and industry within fracture management.