Collaboration with medical centres
Regarding Siemens’ role within the Dutch ecosystem, the introduction of new products relies on the golden triangle: the MedTech industry collaborating with (academic) medical centres and government institutions. ‘We cooperate a lot with top clinical hospitals and academic centres, where our innovative equipment is tested in the real-life setting with researchers and patients,” Nijhof explains. Siemens Healthineers collaborates extensively with universities of technology such as University of Twente and TU Delft, which both run the Technical Medicine curricula. Furthermore, the firm works closely together with scientific programmes like the Medical Delta and the majority of peripheral hospitals, collaborating on technological solutions for sustainable care.
Training and research
Technology is continually evolving, and training and research is, therefore, a significant aspect. This is why the company joined forces with the University of Twente to establish the TechMed Academy. Siemens Healthineers installed imaging devices at the Technical Medical Centre (TechMed Centre) at the University of Twente. The TechMed Centre enables a safe and controlled simulated healthcare environment for the education of students, medical professionals and researchers and for research developments, innovations and collaborations. Siemens Healthineers can also use it for research and for training medical professionals and physicians on current and new technologies. Mooren explains: ‘In our partnership with the University of Twente, we have two goals. We work together on education and also on research with medical professionals, physicians and researchers. This is focused around the Hybrid OR, and the Imaging Lab where an MR system is installed.’