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Making Expertise Matter in Proton Therapy

Proton Therapy Consultancy for Vendors.

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Trees with Character provides various solutions in proton therapy for vendors. These solutions address today’s challenges in proton therapy and have been identified following 15+ years of observations in the field, and running a proton therapy project from the customer’s site.

These observations, their analysis, and how the listed solutions address today’s needs are detailed in the Trees with Character report ‘Solutions in Proton Therapy for Vendors’ (available here).

Vendor Competitiveness and Profits

  • Identification of a customer’s aims
  • The transparant communication of the (relevance of the) vendor’s expertise in achieving the customer’s aims
  • Communication of expertise in all vendor-customer interactions

Assisting a vendor’s customer(s) [to speed up revenue, to reduce risk of failure, and to identify new services]

  • Providing (independent) Executive Project Management (a service) for a vendor’s customer(s)

Helping out

  • Assistance in responding to a tender (both traditional and in case of Best Value Procurement or Decision Free Procurement)
  • Meeting with potential customers to explain the merits of proton therapy or the vendor’s specific value proposition
  • When in need of an independent voice in support of proton therapy

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This is how we make proton therapy a success

You can start to minimise risk in proton therapy today.

A decision is a conclusion reached after careful consideration. If you have to think it means something is not transparent. Each decision increases risk. Risk is minimised by unambiguous aims and access to expertise. You find it here.

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Proton Therapy’s biggest problem is lack of transparency.

Proton Therapy's biggest problem is lack of transparency. Initiatives don't share their overall aims, vendors focus on technology. Everybody is blind to the other side's needs and capabilities. But there is another way.

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Proton therapy technology is the least of your worries.

There is too much risk in the field of proton therapy, but the problem is not the technology. Focussing on technology often results in underestimating the real challenges. Challenges a vendor may help you with.

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Independent consultancy made the difference for us.

Proton therapy vendors have a lot of expertise and a need to sell equipment. They may not protest when unrealistic assumptions are made. Some consultants combine great expertise with ties to a vendor. Independent consultancy can make a difference.

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Patient selection and patient referral are pivotal.

Many proton therapy centers struggle because of an unrealistic projection of the number of patients that will be treated. In the past, and even in the present, the number of patients projected to be treated was simply the number that was required to make the business case look good. Today we know that the most successful centers treat, on average, no more than 300 patients per treatment room. But to achieve even this number takes great effort. There is the challenge of identifying the patients who will benefit from proton therapy, and there is the challenge of getting these people referred to the center.

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Don’t buy equipment, identify the right vendor.

Initiatives who want to provide proton therapy treatments — often hospital organisations — are confronted with very complex and very capital intensive equipment they have never procured before. A proton therapy project is perceived as a major risk, and rightly so. Too many centers have failed or are failing. The risk lies not with the equipment, however. All vendors build reliable machinery delivering identical protons. Not all vendors, however, provide the same expertise and solutions. Initiatives should not focus on technology, but on identifying the vendor who is best able to meet their particular challenges.

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You can start to minimise risk in proton therapy today.

A decision is a conclusion reached after careful consideration. If you have to think about something it means this something is not transparent. If you take a decision when something is not transparent risk increases. This risk is minimised by unambiguous aims and access to expertise. What is it that you need to achieve? Who is the expert that will help you achieve it? Trees with Character helps with both.

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Proton therapy technology is the least of your worries.

Cyclotrons and synchrotrons alike are built to last for decades — as is shown by the early proton therapy centers who became operational in the previous millennium. To this day, however, the complexity of the equipment often is an initiative’s biggest concern and many resources are spent on trying to understand it. Meanwhile none of the proton therapy centers who failed failed because of the technology. There are other, much more relevant issues and challenges to be considered.

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Independent consultancy made the difference for us.

Proton therapy vendors have a lot of expertise. They also need to sell their equipment and associated services and may not point out which of an initiative’s assumptions are unrealistic. Some consultants possess great expertise — as well as an agreement with a vendor. Independent consultancy can make a difference. Independent consultancy means that the only interest to consider is your interest. Trees with Character will help you to make the right choices.

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Proton Therapy’s biggest problem is lack of transparency.

Initiatives don’t share their overall aims, vendors focus on technology. Everybody is blind to the other side’s needs and capabilities. Without transparency everything is a risk. Everybody is looking for safety and control. Many resources are spent on inspections, on meetings, on the contract. But there is another way.

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