They are two distinct areas, but they are working together. Cancer treatment and car building come together and Ford is working together with a European oncology center.
Not only in search of more and new knowledge, but also to share approaches and techniques, Ford joined the Center for Integrated Oncology at the University of Cologne, Germany, showing and giving the example that even in such different areas, such as the manufacture of automobiles and the treatment of cancer, it is still possible to share solutions. The demonstration is done by applying techniques developed by Ford in one that promises to be the largest cancer treatment facility located in Europe, simultaneously, the oval brand started using big data techniques in the hospital in order to explore those which will be the vehicles of the future.
As the North American brand progresses, the project began at the Ford assembly plant in Cologne, whose quality manager, Mike Butler, was diagnosed with cancer. Thus, this person, having been aware of the treatment process used in cancer patients, saw an opportunity to introduce imported practices from the factory where they work that could help and improve the method of hospital operation.
Among all the measures proposed by a team of Ford employees as early as 2008 were colored lines of walls and floors, designed to ensure that the treatment is less stressful and faster, contributing in the same way so that the team, patients and visitors, better orientate themselves within the facility and locate the place they need to move more quickly. Alongside this solution, large screens also seek to facilitate communication between key employees and doctors.
In addition to all of these ideas and suggestions, the Ford team also proposed flexible rooms with removable partitions instead of the traditional fixed nursing rooms and areas. A measure that, together with the previous ones, will have contributed, according to the oval brand, to a significant improvement of 30% in the flow of patients to use the facilities.
“With the help of Ford, we are making tremendous improvements that will benefit the lives and treatment of future patients in the coming years. And we hope some of our methods will help Ford develop the mobility of the future”, said Michael Hallek, director of the Integrated Oncology Center.