Dramatic Improvement In Home-Care For Patients Thanks To Logistics Planning From DPS International

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A ground-breaking logistics project in Sweden has increased the amount of time nurses spend with home-care patients by 40% while achieving a dramatic reduction of costs by cutting the distance covered by 25%. This was all achieved using a UK logistics routing and scheduling solution, LogiX from DPS International of Halesowen, without an increase in the total working time of the staff.

A ground-breaking logistics project in Sweden has increased the amount of time nurses spend with home-care patients by 40% while achieving a dramatic reduction of costs by cutting the distance covered by 25%. This was all achieved using a UK logistics routing and scheduling solution, LogiX from DPS International of Halesowen, without an increase in the total working time of the staff.

Paul Palmer, CEO of DPS International - http://www.dps-int.com - believes that the NHS could improve efficiency of nurses and healthcare workers in many areas in the UK if they were to learn from the experience and expertise applied by leading logistics companies and now in Sweden. "Experience from other businesses, who work within the logistics field, shows that the results achieved with vehicle routing software are not always taken seriously as they seem too impressive. However, now that the new planning system has been successfully integrated into the daily work, and they've actually seen the benefits, they don't want to go back to the old way of planning," Mr Palmer said.

For the last year, Röra a Swedish home-help service in the health sector, based in the municipality of Mark, have been planning nurses and home-help transport and services with the route scheduling and optimisation system, LogiX, from UK company DPS International. The results have been outstanding. The number of kilometres driven by the home-help service in the district has been reduced by approximately 25% and the efficient working time increased by 40%, without increasing the total number of working hours.

The total efficient working time has increased from 52% in 2005 to 73% in 2006. Orust is now expanding the logistic system to another district that has great potential to achieve the same results that have been accomplished in Röra. This is comparable to the best results achieved in more traditional market applications of vehicle routing.

Because of the success of the home nursing and home-help project, Mark municipality is looking at the introducing a support system to revolutionise the way resources are planned in the home-help services. One possibility that is also being discussed is to centralize the planning function. The planning function may even be able to handle other travel services such as business travel, as well as regular transport of goods in the municipality activity. Mark municipality has created an administration that among other duties is used to supervise all vehicles within the municipality.

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About DPS International:

DPS International is a worldwide company with its Head Office in Halesowen in Central England, offering a wide range of specialised logistics support services including logistics consultancy, vehicle scheduling software, and in-cab control and monitoring systems.

The company was started 25 years ago in 1982 by its current chair, Paul Palmer, as a logistics consulting business based on many years of experience both at an operational and functional level within the FMCG Transport sector. The company is now a world leader in providing IT Solutions to the Logistics sector with an infrastructure of DPS offices spread out over the globe, plus a network of Business Partners.

The growth of the consulting business in the UK, particularly at a Contract Logistics level, highlighted the need for IT tools at both a strategic and tactical level. Having researched the market and not finding the tools the market needed, DPS invested in the development of both vehicle scheduling and routing software systems, initially to meet its consulting customers' needs, but eventually to a wider logistics market.

In 1991, DPS began an expansion plan outside the UK with its first sales in the Benelux countries and Scandinavia. By 1993, there was further growth into France and Australia. DPS is now a world player with additional offices in South Africa, Germany, and South Asia.

DPS now has over 70 staff directly employed, plus an additional 20-30 people indirectly employed by partners.

The company now operates in four key areas:-

1.    Logistics consulting

2.    Supply of professional vehicle scheduling and optimisation systems

3.    Supply of vehicle routing and time & distance technology systems

4.    Systems integration and bespoke solutions - with ERP systems, in-cab monitoring and warehouse management

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