Independent consultancy made the difference for us.
There is no lack of expertise in the field of proton therapy. Many people have spent many years realising, developing and operating existing proton therapy centers. Their experience is more than relevant, but tends to come into play once an initiative has crossed many hurdles already. Their consultancy often concerns financing the project and managing construction. In this they may have ties with particular vendors, who may be involved in the financial constructions.
This may not be a concern to you. It may seem the only way to realise a center. But there is also a risk. The risk that offered solutions are tailored to a particular financial construction or configuration of equipment, and not to what the initiative is in need of most. Whose interestes are being served? Can you be sure?
Trees with Character offers independent consultancy. We are not aligned with any particular vendor. We understand the importance of anchoring the initiative within the organisation first, and identify the solution second. Without an agenda.
If you found this to be of interest perhaps you may want to read the following original contributions: Solutions in proton therapy — for initiatives (a report), Procuring proton therapy equipment (a case) and A Business Case for a proton therapy initiative (a case).Back to all explanations Message me about this explanation
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