Link offers even more. Designed as a web-platform, it provides a list of all manufacturing centres (CFAB), as a market. Luc sees this evolution as a new space for connection, with benefits for both parties: “Thanks to Link, professionals can more easily access the many manufacturing centres that are listed. This offers them more options, that are also easy to find. And on Link, CFABs can create their own catalogues of products to enhance the visibility of offerings.”
Link goes beyond the traditional logic of one professional, one CFAB. With Link, orthopaedic technicians can place orders with different manufacturing centres, according to the job needed, with no limits on the number of files sent. Julien Chabanne worked on the development of Link. During the User Days, prior to the launch, he shows participants the different Link screens: “the products are classified by categories. All orders are shown in an overview that denotes order status: scheduled, manufacturing underway, in transit, etc.”. With the user-friendly control panel, health professionals can easily track the manufacturing status of all their orthosis orders.
Of course, all these exchanges are confidential and secure in compliance with European regulations. Another advantage of Link for professionals is the unlimited number of users, orders and data storage. Data is stored for a maximum of 2 years, as prescribed by the GDPR.
Security, compliance and greater access to manufacturing offers: Link is a new “link” in the manufacturing chain for orthopaedic devices. The goal of the Rodin4D R+D teams is to design convenient tools for users, based on observation of professional needs.