Author Archive | Frank Barlin

To all Homecare CEO’s – What RONA and IRR Don’t Tell You In Outsourcing Decisions

Don’t forget to include the following in your next calculation: The cost of the knowledge that is being lost, possibly forever. The cost of being unable to innovate in future, because critical knowledge has been lost. The consequent cost of its current business being destroyed by competitors emerging who can make a better product at […]

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The Emerging Private Homecare Market – People Pay For Design

Healthcare is often a forced lifestyle choice – if that makes sense. Patients often have a choice on what level of healthcare and certainly what healthcare products they they use. Of course some people unfortunately have none. If however you do have a choice then the choices are getting better as manufacturers start to produce […]

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Who Said It Can’t Be Done – Vilgo French Homecare Company Grows With 100% France Production

Despite the rush to Asian outsourcing trend and the “stereotype” of expensive French manufacturing, HMS-Vilgo a French based manufacturer makes “100% made in France” medical / homecare beds. Not only that, CEO Patrick Jude has grown the business from about 1000 beds to 24000 beds per year from 1997 and remarks that they have used […]

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Sign Of The Times In The Homecare Industry (Gentle Downsizing)

In this latest news, Invacare has released 50 employees, most from their Elyria headquarters. They are not the only company in the homecare / mobility industry to do so recently. Invacare maintains that dismissed staff are “office workers” and spokesperson Lara Mahoney is quoted as saying that they are “just ensuring that we’re running as […]

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Automatic Gears For Manual Wheelchair – A Breakthrough…

A manual wheelchair system that automatically senses current usage and shifts gears automatically has been developed. Use on any wheelchair. Enter Scott Daigle, together with the team at IntelliWheels, has developed a product that automatically shifts gears according to speed and force, allowing the driver, for example to climb slopes easier, without changing gears manually. […]

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