NEED DRIVEN HEALTHCARE INNOVATION

Understanding the problem

Patients with diabetes suffer from non-healing wounds in their lower limbs that often leads to amputation. This is a huge burden on the patient as well on the whole healthcare system.

THE LIFETIME RISK TO DEVELOP AN ULCER FOR A DIABETIC PATIENT

MORE THAN 50% OF DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS BECOME INFECTED

20% OF DIABETIC FOOT INFECTIONS RESULT IN AMPUTATIONS

39.6% OF DIABETIC FOOT PATIENTS SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR CONDITION

The solution

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CONNECTED WEARABLE DEVICE

We are building a wearable medical device that can be used by the patient in comfortable home settings. The device to be connected to an app to provide patient with advice, therapy and lifestyle recommendations to achieve fastest recovery possible.

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PATENTED TECHNOLOGY

We have developed a technology - ZoundWave, that uses specific frequencies and amplitudes that significantly improve blood flow, promote angiogenesis and growth factors. The technology is safe to use by the patient in home settings.

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PATIENT EMPOWERING

Our medical device empowers patients to take care of their well-being in their own hands. It provides greater autonomy for the patient, but at the same time significantly reduces the costs for the whole healthcare system by reducing amount of care needed and reducing the time of incapacity.

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EFFECTIVE PREVENTION

Our medical device provides for an effective home prevention solution. Like with many other conditions prevention is more effective than treatment and increasing local blood flow can be successfully used to reduce the risk of angiopathy and foot ulcer development. The preventive procedures can be easily performed by the patient in home settings.

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A global market

With the aging populations and ever increasing costs of healthcare, society is struggling to afford more care per patient to get better clinical outcomes. We need to switch care not only towards home settings, but also to empower patients to provide self-care. For this we need tools, medical devices that are built for the patient and not more tools for nurses and doctors.

141 MILLION PATIENTS

141 million of current diabetic patients will develop a non-healing ulcer during their lifetime. This number is likely to grow due to increased prevalence of diabetes and aging populations.

US$24,965 PER PATIENT

in Sweden, the expenses incurred as a total cost for healing diabetic foot ulcer was estimated around US$24,965/patient without amputation while they were US$47,518 and US$42,858 with amputation with minor and major surgeries respectively.

US$9 TO US$13 BILLION

In US alone the total medical cost for the management of diabetic foot disease ranges from US$9 to US$13 billion in addition to the cost for management of diabetes alone.

ZOUNDWAVE MEDICAL DEVICE

The estimated cost of ZoundWave medical device for treatment and prevention of diabetic foot ulcers should not exceed US$500, hence not only better clinical outcomes will be achieved, but significant savings of costs will be made by adopting our device.

The team

We are a multidisciplinary team that consist of a nurse and an engineer (Marcus) and a business developer (Igors). Taking part in Clinical Innovation Fellowships has allowed us to work in close contact with patients, nurses and doctors from the very beginning and not only identify the need, but also to understand the perspectives of all the stakeholders involved.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE

Our Achievements and Awards

In 2019 we have been selected as top five ideas in the IdeaHunt event. We have also received 8000 Euro support from EIT Health to finalize our patent application and the design of the Quality Management System for CE Mark

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