Althea Italia effettua attività di manutenzione a bordo della nave da crociera Viking Sea

tecnici Althea sulla Viking Sea

I tecnici Desire Heffa e Koffi Serges Lawrey Aziabor, coordinati dall’Area Manager Ettore Masucci e dal Cluster Leader Antonio Sacchi tutti parte del team di Althea Italia, hanno portato a termine con successo le attività di manutenzione delle apparecchiature elettromedicali presenti a bordo della Viking Sea, nave da crociera da 228 metri di lunghezza e con una capacità di 930 passeggeri, al momento ormeggiata nel porto di Trieste.
I controlli e le verifiche effettuate dai nostri tecnici garantiranno l’operatività delle apparecchiature biomediche, consentendo ai medici di bordo di poter intervenire tempestivamente anche durante la navigazione, momento in cui è difficile ottenere un supporto tecnico da terra.
Grazie a questo primo intervento di Althea Italia su nave, la Viking Sea è nuovamente pronta a salpare!

Congratulazioni al team Althea HT del Friuli Venezia Giulia

 

There we stand

There we stand

16 countries, 2700 healthcare facilities, more than 1 million medical devices managed. Not an easy achievement.
We can do it only thanks to an amazing team of around 3000 colleagues.
We can stand beside healthcare organizations all over the world, support patients and health workers because of the dedication, expertise, and passion of all the people in the Althea family.
Thank you for the hard work until now and for many more years to come.

BPPB, PICK e ALTHEA – Insieme per supportare in modo efficiente e sicuro la filiera del settore medicale nel contesto dell’emergenza COVID-19

Supporto al settore medicale

Milano, 18 marzo 2021

Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata – banca solida e radicata sul territorio che ha fatto dell’innovazione uno strumento chiave di rafforzamento del legame con la propria clientela – ed il gruppo Althea – leader paneuropeo nei servizi integrati di ingegneria clinica destinati alle strutture sanitarie, pubbliche e private – e PayDo – fintech italiana che sviluppa soluzioni di pagamento digitali – hanno siglato un accordo finalizzato alla sperimentazione della c.d. “lettera di credito digitale”, quale strumento cashless di pagamento che garantirà – contemporaneamente al fornitore ed al cliente – il rispetto reciproco degli impegni contrattuali assunti.

L’intervento di BPPB assicurerà ad Althea la disponibilità a rilasciare, in modo rapido ed efficiente, impegni di pagamento inderogabili al fornitore a seguito della corretta esecuzione della prestazione contrattuale; ciò avverrà attraverso la piattaforma Plick di PayDo, la quale consentirà la digitalizzazione e lo snellimento del processo end-to-end, arricchendo l’offerta di prodotti innovativi a servizio delle corporate. Obiettivo di Althea è utilizzare lo strumento della “lettera di credito digitale” in modo esteso per gestire in tempi rapidi – come richiesto dal contesto di emergenza sanitaria – e a costi minori le proprie forniture, supportando al contempo la propria supply chain e accedendo a nuovi canali di fornitura in modo sicuro.

“L’accordo con BPPB e PayDo dimostra che la cooperazione sinergica tra soggetti corporate-banca-fintech consente di innovare nell’interesse della comunità in questo momento sfidante e complesso di emergenza sanitaria. Ci rende orgogliosi aver contribuito ancora una volta allo sviluppo del servizio in modo sicuro ed efficiente, supportando anche la nostra filiera di approvvigionamento con una soluzione concreta e responsabile” commenta Enrica Mambelli, Chief Financial Officer di Althea Group.

“Abbiamo colto volentieri l’idea nata da Althea Group e Paydo, accettando con entusiasmo di avviare questa fase sperimentale che servirà ad arricchire il perimetro di soluzioni innovative a cui stiamo lavorando, convinti di poter contribuire non solo alla pronta realizzazione di soluzioni innovative per far fronte anche all’emergenza Covid-19” – ha commentato Vittorio Sorge, Vicedirettore Generale, BPPB “ma anche ad accelerare il processo di trasformazione digitale delle aziende, valorizzando al contempo Plick come strumento di pagamento efficiente e flessibile.”


 

BPPB
BPPB è la principale realtà popolare autonoma del sud, con Direzione Generale e Sede Legale ad Altamura. Conta oltre 1.000 dipendenti, + 39.000 tra soci e azionisti e oltre 170.000 clienti. La rete commerciale costituita da 101 sportelli, distribuiti in 11 regioni italiane, presenta un’elevata concentrazione, nelle aree di riferimento di Puglia e Basilicata, con oltre il 69% degli sportelli complessivi. BPPB è Solida, perché ha una storia, dei valori e dei numeri, per essere un punto di riferimento; Vicina, perché offre soluzioni, esperienza e assistenza ai propri clienti; Concreta perché aiuta a realizzare i progetti e le scelte quotidiane con velocità, praticità ed efficacia. www.bppb.it

 

Althea
Althea Group è il leader pan-europeo nei servizi integrati destinati alla Sanità. Il Gruppo vanta oltre 3.000 addetti tra tecnici ad alta specializzazione, ingegneri clinici e biomedici, staff amministrativo e specialisti commerciali che contribuiscono alla gestione di oltre 1.4 Milioni di apparecchiature medicali in oltre 2.700 strutture sanitarie. Althea vanta, tra Europa e Stati Uniti, 9 workshop specializzati nelle tecnologie endoscopiche, nello strumentario chirurgico e nelle sonde ecografiche oltre che 4 Centri di Eccellenza dedicati al testing & training su sistemi medicali ad alto contenuto tecnologico che confermano Althea come leader pan-europeo nei servizi integrati destinati alla Sanità pubblica e privata.
www.althea-group.com

 

PayDo
PayDo è la fintech di pagamento digitale nata da un’idea di Donato Vadruccio con la mission di offrire alla Banche, agli Istituti di Pagamento e di Moneta Elettronica Europei e ai loro clienti – corporate o retail – soluzioni capaci di innovare e creare connessioni tra quelle già esistenti. La società ha creato la funzionalità Plick, una soluzione Europea aperta, che permette di effettuare pagamenti, in maniera irrevocabile e senza limiti di importo, via sms, WhatApp o e-mail senza conoscere l’iban del destinatario verso chiunque in area SEPA, senza alcun bisogno di registrazione o di un’app dedicata. PayDo nasce anche con lo spirito di collaborazione per realizzare soluzioni personalizzate utilizzando una piattaforma che opera tramite API.

Nowa mobilna pracownia kontenerowa do diagnostyki obrazowej

Althea Polska dostarczyła do Śląskiego Szpitala w Cieszynie w niecałe 2 tygodnie od zamówienia nową mobilną pracownię kontenerową do diagnostyki obrazowej.

Podczas pandemii COVID-19 Althea Polska dostarczyła do Śląskiego Szpitala w Cieszynie w niecałe 2 tygodnie od zamówienia nową mobilną pracownię kontenerową do diagnostyki obrazowej, w której skład wchodził wysokiej klasy tomograf komputerowy oraz aparat rentgenowski. Sprzęt zapewniający zaawansowaną diagnostykę obrazową będzie wykorzystywany do badań pacjentów z podejrzeniem COVID-19.

Aby walczyć z COVID-19, Althea Polska zainstalowała w Polsce pierwszą jednostkę rentgenowską Neusoft NeuVision 460, która została dostarczona w ciągu jednego tygodnia, aby wesprzeć naszych klientów w trudnych czasach pandemii.

Razem MOŻEMY powstrzymać pandemię.

Wydarzenie to zostało skomentowane w prasie i telewizji.

Althea played a key role at NHS Nightingale Hospital in the treatment of COVID-19 patients

Althea played an important role at NHS Nightingale Hospital in London thanks to specialist biomed engineers unpacking, building, testing and commissioning equipment.

Over the last two weeks Althea has played a key role at NHS Nightingale Hospital in London with specialist biomed engineers unpacking, building, testing and commissioning over 2750 pieces of equipment.

The lifesaving medical items, which were needed to treat COVID-19 patients, included 10 ventilators, 329 patient monitoring devices, 457 monitoring trolleys, 21 defibrillators and 198 infusion pumps.

Once everything was set up, commissioned and ready for use, each item had to be moved individually to the other side of the venue – a distance of 1km – where it was setup on each patient bay.

Gases such as oxygen and air were not available to test ventilation, so Althea’s Anaesthesia and Ventilation Specialist Manager Jeremy Wymer was able to source it for the hospital. The result of this being all ventilation was tested and bought back into service.

Althea engineers also helped advise the NHS procurement team sourcing vital equipment, which thanks to Althea’s intervention, 42 pumps were delivered within 2-4 days.

Another example of the lengths engineers went to support the hospital was when 200 patient monitoring systems were delivered at 5pm one evening on site by pallet.

The Trust needed 84 of the systems immediately so 12 Althea engineers stayed throughout the evening to commission, configure and setup the equipment within 3 hours. This was something that was recognised and greatly appreciated by both Nightingale Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust.

David Rolfe, UK&I Chief Executive Officer at Althea: “Throughout this unprecedented time we have seen such an incredible response from the Althea team, and I am extremely proud of everyone involved.”

We have been responsive to a fast-moving situation, and engineers on site have gone over and above what was expected of them to support the NHS and clinicians onsite. It has been a fantastic team effort.”

In just nine days the ExCel exhibition centre in London’s Docklands area – usually used for large events – has been transformed into an emergency 4000 bed hospital to cope with patients affected by COVID-19.

NHS Nightingale Hospital London is the first of several Nightingale Hospitals planned in England including the University of the West of England in Bristol and the Harrogate Convention Centre. Others are due to be set up at Manchester’s Central Complex as well as Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

Althea has the largest constituency of biomed engineers on site at the Nightingale Hospital London providing support. The company are also currently engaging with other Nightingale hospital sites to see what help, advice and support Althea can offer the other sites across the UK.

Althea urge UK Trusts to contact them immediately if they have broken or disused ventilators

Althea is looking for all ventilators but primarily the following would be ideal with the current situation: ICU Ventilators, BIPAP Machines, Transport Ventilators, CPAP Machines and NIV Ventilators.

We have the capabilities to refurbish the much-needed lifesaving equipment and get it back into NHS circulation so it can be used operationally.

Government Ministers have been trying to boost the number of ventilators to increase the stock of just over 8,000 already available to the NHS. It is estimated as many as 20,000 extra ventilators could be required to treat infected patients as more people are hospitalised due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

David Rolfe, UK&I Chief Executive Officer at Althea, said: “There is a country-wide worry that there may not be enough ventilators to sustain critical patients who need breathing assistance which is why we are appealing to Trusts in the country to contact us immediately if they have broken or disused equipment. We will review every response that we receive to see if we could make it work for the current situation.”

“Althea will arrange for it to be collected and our specialised team will start work to get the systems back into operation so they can save lives. By working together, we can ensure there are more ventilators in hospitals and more people will gain access to these equipment as they are treated for COVID-19.”

Althea’s refurbishment project will support the Government’s Ventilator Challenge UK consortium, which has been set up to scale up production of much-needed ventilators.

Any Trust with broken or disused equipment can call Abbie Thompson on 07966 414 002 or email abbie.thompson@althea-group.com.

Althea Italia consegna ulteriori 787 ventilatori polmonari destinati all’emergenza Covid-19

Arrivata a Malpensa oggi la terza tranche di consegne relative alla gara CONSIP, anche in questo caso in anticipo di due settimane rispetto a quanto previsto

Roma, 14 aprile 2020. Althea Italia, leader italiano nel settore dei servizi integrati di ingegneria clinica, è impegnata da oggi nelle operazioni di consegna della terza tranche di 787 ventilatori polmonari, a seguito dell’aggiudicazione del bando CONSIP che prevede la fornitura complessiva, da parte di Althea, di oltre 6.500 dispositivi, circa 1.500 ventilatori e 5.000 monitor multi-parametrici.

Il personale Althea, in coordinamento continuo e in stretta collaborazione con CONSIP, ha avviato le procedure di smistamento dei dispositivi presso l’aeroporto di Milano Malpensa. Le operazioni di consegna ed installazione delle apparecchiature presso gli ospedali del territorio nazionale verranno concluse con due settimane di anticipo rispetto i termini previsti da CONSIP.

“Grazie all’impegno costante di tutti i nostri addetti ed al fondamentale contributo del Comando della Guardia di Finanza dell’Aeroporto di Malpensa, sono lieto di confermare che con oggi abbiamo reso disponibili 1.410 ventilatori polmonari e 5.000 monitor multi-parametrici, in anticipo di oltre due settimane rispetto alle scadenze contrattuali” commenta Alessandro Dogliani, Presidente e Amministratore Delegato di Althea Group.


Althea Italia S.p.A., filiale di Althea Group, principale operatore pan-europeo nei servizi integrati destinati alla sanità, è il leader italiano nella gestione integrata delle tecnologie biomediche.

Con 7 sedi in Italia, 1 Centro di Eccellenza orientato al training & testing sulle apparecchiature ad alto contenuto tecnologico e 3 Workshops altamente specializzati nelle riparazioni su attrezzature endoscopiche, ecografiche e radiologiche, Althea Italia, con i suoi 1.600 addetti, assicura la corretta gestione e il miglioramento continuo delle performance di tutte le tecnologie biomediche in oltre 300 Strutture Sanitarie all’interno del territorio italiano.

www.althea-group.com/it

Coronavirus: Althea Italia, oggi in consegna 370 ventilatori e 5000 monitor

Dalla mattina del 28 marzo 2020, 370 ventilatori e 5000 monitor multi-parametrici, sono in fase di smistamento all’aeroporto di Malpensa e attraverso un’attività di coordinamento con la Consip e sotto le indicazioni della Protezione Civile verranno distribuiti in diversi ospedali del territorio nazionale, con l’ausilio del personale specializzato Althea.

Dalla mattina di oggi 28 marzo 2020, i diversi dispositivi, 370 ventilatori e 5000 monitor multi-parametrici, sono in fase di smistamento all’aeroporto di Malpensa e attraverso un’attività di coordinamento con la Consip e sotto le indicazioni della Protezione Civile verranno distribuiti in diversi ospedali del territorio nazionale, con l’ausilio del personale specializzato Althea. Lo rende noto Althea Italia, leader italiano nel settore dei servizi integrati di ingegneria clinica, che è impegnata nella consegna dei dispositivi medici destinati all’emergenza sanitaria Covid-19, a seguito dell’aggiudicazione della gara indetta da Consip. La consegna di tutti i dispositivi, già avviata, verrà completata entro martedì 31 marzo, in anticipo rispetto ai tempi di consegna previsti dal bando Consip. “Grazie al lavoro ininterrotto di tutti i dipendenti e la collaborazione di Consip e delle istituzioni, sono fiero di confermare che Althea, in anticipo rispetto alla prima scadenza della gara Consip e con quantitativi maggiori, ultimerà le consegne di 370 ventilatori polmonari e 5000 monitor multi-parametrici entro il 31 marzo”, commenta il presidente e ad Alessandro Dogliani.

Althea delivers full Radiology department replacement at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

In 2017, a 10-year partnership managed equipment service (MES) deal was signed between Althea and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Musgrove Park Hospital. Two years in, Musgrove Park has seen a massive overhaul and change in its Radiology Service.

The department has had a total redesign to help improve its clinical services, making an improvement to staff workflow and patient experience. David Rolfe, CEO of Althea UK and Ireland, talks about how the partnership was benefiting patients and clinicians.

“Althea assigned a dedicated Service Manager to work with the Hospital team to provide the best possible customer experience,” explains David.

“Understanding on the ground requirements and working closely with clinical staff is key. Existing equipment is immediately covered by Althea’s Customer Care Centre (CCC), based at our Head Office in Theale, providing 24/7 specialist call handlers to manage any breakdowns that occur. Our specialist Technology team then came in to manage the equipment replacements.”

An equipment replacement plan was agreed with the Trust to manage which assets are replaced and when, allowing the department to keep running an efficient clinical service, with minimal disruption. A lot of the Musgrove Park equipment was nearing obsolescence or beyond recommended service life, which created concerns surrounding equipment performance and reliability.

Althea’s clinical-choice contract gives the overall decision in equipment selection to the clinical team, supported by vendor-independent information, analysis and advice from Althea’s Technologists. As one of the largest buyers of medical equipment in the UK & Ireland, Althea has longstanding relationships with all major and emerging manufacturers, ensuring the company is able to provide unbiased advice and consultancy. Its vendor-independence, scale and expertise allow hospitals to select best-of-breed technologies from a variety of manufacturers whilst maintaining the commercial and logistic benefits of having one supplier.

The first set of equipment to be replaced at the hospital was x-ray. This modality includes x-ray systems based in the main department, used with a large range of patients, from those within the hospital (inpatients), to outpatient appointments and GP walk-ins. The aging x-ray rooms were replaced with state-of-the-art Samsung GC85 x-ray systems. These machines are top of the range systems, with full automation and image stitching. The automation of the machines will improve patient through-put and also improve the manual handling demands on the Radiographers, which should have a positive effect on staff wellbeing.

Mobile x-ray systems were also replaced. These machines move around the hospital and go up to the wards to x-ray patients. Two Samsung GM85 systems were chosen by the Trust for their slim, ergonomic and lightweight nature. The GM85s, won the 2017 Design Award for its compact design and optimised workflow and allows easy access around tight spaces. Another mobile unit for the Special Baby Care Unit was also purchased. This was a Fuji Nano system. This machine is ideal for the Neonatal Unit, as it’s a smaller compact unit. It is small enough to move around the incubators within the Special Baby Care Unit.

Further equipment replacements also include, two mobile intensifier units. These machines were replaced with Philips Healthcare BV Pulsera’s. These machines are used in theatres, to give full diagnosis imaging when the surgeons are operating. One of the systems has extra capability, allowing the team to use the machine in a vascular setting. The high power of these units allows better visualisation for the surgeons, especially in spinal cases.

The Ultrasound Department has also seen a change. An extra ultrasound unit – Philips Affiniti 70 was added to the portfolio of equipment. This was to help with the increase in service demand for interventional procedures. A Fujifilm Sonosite X-Porte machine was also installed to enable more bedside procedures to be carried out, rather than patients having to be moved around the department. The General Imaging Department saw an installation of a GE Logiq E9 and the Maternity Department a Canon Aplio i600 system, which features superb microvascular imaging.

“The most exciting development and change is the re-design of the whole Imaging Department including the move of the DEXA department into an old un-used room,” said David.

“Althea’s design services are fully aligned with ISAS’s patient-focussed assessment and accreditation programme and aim to improve patient experience and provide a staff working environment conducive to maximising clinical time.”

The new DEXA machine – a GE Lunar iDXA bone densitometer – is an advanced system which offers high clarity, precision and image resolution on the density of bones. The move of this machine into a different room, made available a space to create an additional CT scanner suite.

It also enabled the Trust to redesign and add additional equipment to their portfolio including the installation of a new MRI Scanner and Injector. The new MRI scanner, which was charity-funded, was given the Royal seal of approval by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. The scanner, a Siemens 1.5T Magnetom Aera was officially opened by the Countess on 24 September 2019. The Trust and the charity worked tirelessly to raise the money for this system.

“Althea were able to work with the clinical teams to source the right equipment to suit them and their patients – it wasn’t a case of purchase the cheapest equipment, instead we ensured that we sourced the most appropriate equipment for the hospital and it’s patients,” said David. “The Siemens Aera fitted that category, and we were pleased to have procured this scanner for the charity, ensuring it was money well spent for the department”.

Both Althea and the Trust are grateful for the money raised and funded through a £1 million fundraising campaign led by the hospital’s official charity Love Musgrove. Having a third MRI scanner means clinicians at Musgrove Park can perform more of the most complex scans than ever before. This is particularly important as the hospital has seen an annual ten percent increase in patients who need an MRI. The scanner also helps to provide diagnosis for patients who may have breast cancer, neurological conditions, cardiac problems, tumours, spinal injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders.

But the replacements haven’t stopped there. In the coming months, the existing CT scanner will be updated. The scanner chosen is a GE Revolution EVO scanner, which replaces an old GE VCT. The new technology and software can give the department faster scan times, greater patient throughput and a happier clinical team.

David commented about the transformation at Musgrove Park: “We are proud to offer a vendor-neutral managed service which has been tailored to meet the hospital’s specific needs. This includes around-the-clock maintenance as well as long-term asset replacement. It is the most cost-effective way to ensure patients and clinicians have access to the latest diagnostic technology in first-class, patient-focussed facilities.Althea guarantees an informed, vendor-neutral, clinical choice of both equipment and clinical consumables.”

Adam Turner, Radiology’s Operational Manager at the Trust, explains that there has been a phased approach to the development of the department.

“Working with Althea and moving different teams around into new purpose-built facilities has allowed us to create a modern, bespoke, four-room Ultrasound Department, as well as an additional third MRI suite and six new Radiologist reporting bays. In addition to this, the new build has created both ‘in and outpatient’ waiting facilities and additional office space.”

“The installation of a second Siemens Aera MRI scanner was greatly required and will now remove a bottleneck in our waiting lists for MRI patients.”

But it’s not just new installations that Althea co-ordinate. Althea is responsible for the provision of high quality maintenance for all Radiology assets at the hospital, including the existing equipment from before the MES. Should any equipment faults occur, the Trust calls Althea’s Customer Care Centre regardless of the equipment manufacturer. The CCC provides a swift response and keeps the Trust updated with progress. This can be via the Althea team of expert engineers or selected partners minimising the disruption to clinical practice and maximising equipment uptime. Any issues are also highlighted to the Althea Service Manager for speedy resolution as required. Althea also offer an integrated consumables management service that delivers both cash-releasing savings and significant operational efficiencies for the Radiology, Procurement and Finance teams.

Adam concluded: “It has been an extremely exciting time for us at Taunton. With a larger demand on our imaging services, it is reassuring that our existing equipment has all been refreshed as it means we can continue to keep up with new Radiological techniques. None of this would have been possible without Althea and their managed service.”

 

Althea Italia S.p.A. si aggiudica 4 lotti Consip per la fornitura di dispositivi medici per i reparti di terapia intensiva e sub intensiva destinati all’emergenza sanitaria COVID-19

Althea Italia, leader italiano nel settore dei servizi integrati di ingegneria clinica, si è aggiudicata i 4 lotti per cui ha presentato offerta nella procedura d’urgenza avente ad oggetto la fornitura di dispositivi medici destinati all’emergenza sanitaria COVID-19 indetta da Consip S.p.A.

Althea Italia, leader italiano nel settore dei servizi integrati di ingegneria clinica, si è aggiudicata i 4 lotti per cui ha presentato offerta nella procedura d’urgenza avente ad oggetto la fornitura di dispositivi medici destinati all’emergenza sanitaria COVID-19 indetta da Consip S.p.A.

Nello specifico, Althea Italia fornirà monitor multi-parametrici e ventilatori polmonari di ultima generazione ad alto contenuto tecnologico al fine di incrementare le postazioni di terapia intensiva e sub-intensiva delle strutture ospedaliere italiane. Questo investimento consentirà di affrontare l’attuale emergenza sanitaria COVID-19 garantendo, inoltre, l’ammodernamento dei reparti di emergenza per i prossimi anni.

“Siamo orgogliosi di poter dare il nostro sostegno agli ospedali italiani in questo momento di particolare emergenza” – afferma Alessandro Dogliani, Presidente e Amministratore Delegato di Althea Group. “È fondamentale supportare le strutture sanitarie italiane che stanno incontrando molte difficoltà nel reperire tecnologie medicali. Abbiamo proposto apparecchiature all’avanguardia, indispensabili ad affrontare l’attuale situazione, garantendo il miglior prezzo di mercato. Siamo fermamente convinti che in un momento come questo, aziende del nostro livello debbano dare un contributo fattivo alla Nazione mettendo in secondo piano le logiche di profitto”.