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Deployable Health Care Solutions

Sub Title : Saab’s quick to deploy health care products are highly useful for disaster relief

Issues Details : Vol 17 Issue 6 Jan – Feb 2024

Author : Editorial Team

Page No. : 57

Category : Military Technology

: January 27, 2024

Saab, with 30+ years of deployable Health Care experience, offers customised solutions for rapid delivery in remote environments. Their range includes medical evacuation, frontline care, and field hospitals deployed globally in military missions. Notable projects involve large field hospitals for the Swedish and Australian Armed Forces, featuring primary and advanced care facilities, diagnostic services, and supporting infrastructure. Saab excels in complex systems integration, boasting engineering expertise in biomedical, electrical, and mechanical fields. Their Integrated Logistics Support ensures technology readiness and efficient deployment, focusing on packaging, transportation, product life cycle, obsolescence management, spare parts, documentation, and compliance. Saab India is now keen to bring this to India for its military and disaster relief requirements.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions from military defence in all domains to civil security. Saab’s market offering is broad and consists of complex systems involving extensive research and development and services with a high degree of repetition. With operations on every continent, Saab continuously develops, adapts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

Saab’s experience in deployable health care

With over 30 years of experience in deployable Health Care, Saab have accumulated a wealth of capability in providing solutions that support the rapid delivery of Health Care into remote and austere environments. Saab’s deployable Health Care solutions are custom designed to suit the deployment environment, mission type and health facility role. Saab’s solution range provides the Health Care capability for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), rapid frontline care, mobile and stationary field hospitals and other specialised capability, including naval vessels hospitals. Saab’s deployable Health Care market presence is primarily in Western Europe and Australia. However, the solutions have been used worldwide in various military missions.

Reference projects

Examples of some of Saab’s larger projects include the design and provision of large field hospitals for both the Swedish Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force. These projects include primary Health Care and emergency care facilities, ranging up to advanced critical care facilities, including operating suites and intensive care units. Diagnostic facilities include radiology, CT, laboratory and environmental health. Supporting services include modular force infrastructure providing deployable independence, including sterilisation (CSSD), mortuary and oxygen production capability.

Systems integration

As deployable Health Care facilities are comprised of multiple components, including complex medical devices, diagnostic equipment and essential services, it is critical that all elements are able to rapidly and efficiently integrate as one operational system. Saab is known in the defence industry for its capability in complex systems integration. Saab’s engineering capability in deployable Health Care includes system integration engineers, and extends to biomedical, electrical and mechanical engineers. This ecosystem of design capability allows Saab to share knowledge between engineers, who utilise the same tools and processes that are embedded into Saab’s design process.

Integrated Logistics Support (ILS)

Saab also has expertise in Deployable Health Care Integrated Logistics Support. This process ensures that the required technology is ready for use when required. Saab’s design process focuses on providing solutions that enable defence forces to rapidly deploy Health Care facilities when and when they require medical support. Saab’s ILS design capability includes designing efficient packaging and transportation solutions to ensure that the medical facility arrives at the location in the correct order and good condition. Efficient packaging also reduces the bulk of the shipment by consolidating components based on operational needs. In addition, the ILS process manages product life cycle, obsolescence management, spare parts management, technical user documentation, and compliance with standards.

Deployable health care centre of excellence

Saab has established a deployable Health Care centre of excellence to bring together global engineering and clinical experts worldwide to develop best practices in defence-focused deployable Health Care. Our goal is to utilise the knowledge and experience from subject matter experts from clinical practice, deployable Health Care specialists, industry partners, medical device providers and infrastructure suppliers to create innovative solutions that address military forces’ challenge in providing quality Health Care outside of the hospital setting.

Saab’s expertise and local adaptability

Saab’s experience in deployed medical solutions ranges from initial conceptual design and clinical workflow analysis to solution delivery and long-term support. Our expertise includes systems engineering, biomedical engineering, force infrastructure, mission operations and Health Care workflow. Systems Integration and Engineering expertise for the design of deployable medical systems in accordance with the requirements of Indian Defence, including:

  • Medical systems integration
  • Clinical workflow analysis
  • Detailed design of clinical areas
  • Medical and non-medical device evaluation and selection
  • Design of systems to achieve deployment requirements
  • Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) throughout the capability lifecycle
  • Total solution provision including industry partner selection and management.

Saab maintains ties with leading medical device manufacturers and infrastructure providers, securing specialized knowledge and top-tier products. Medical and engineering experts aid in our designs to ensure the solutions are clinically sound and feasible.

Saab India leverages local suppliers and contractors to bolster deployable health capabilities, preferring to incorporate “Made in India” medical equipment and consulting with local experts on regulatory compliance. Projects are overseen by local management.

We plan for Saab to ally with Indian vendors, offering expertise for military medical facilities, covering all design stages, consultations, workflow optimization, systems integration, equipment procurement and installation, and continuous support.