Running out of juice | Breakthrough Funding

Monday, June 20, 2016

Running out of juice

PROCESS DEVELOPMENT - The life and death story of medical devices and making sure the batteries don’t run down.

The problem

Some of the most vulnerable people in society live at home on their own. To ensure they’re safe their families often install sensors, alarms, pagers or detectors, but they all require batteries. If the batteries run out, clearly the product is of no use, and this could literally be a life or death issue. According to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, battery maintenance is one of the top ten problems faced by biomedical engineer technicians.

The solution

This company supplies and fits medical devices in homes. They’ve developed a new record system that automates a central flagging system when a battery is near the end of its life and it has been applied across the thousands of homes and products they supply. The nearest engineer is informed and is on the doorstep before it runs out. Simple, but 100% effective.

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