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Mike Susi

Mike started his career as a mechanical engineer and has over 20 years of experience managing innovation and development projects, and he builds drones in his spare time.

Taking Our Healthcare to the Next Level with 3D Printing

The costs of healthcare are only increasing, this is an unavoidable reality. We’ve got more people, more illness, and a larger drain on the healthcare infrastructure. The fact is the global healthcare infrastructure is overwhelmed, overworked, underfunded, and suffering.

However, there is lots of good happening in healthcare. The pressures placed on the supply and demand of healthcare services combined with the out-of-the-box thinkers that are looking for new ways to help people have resulted in some amazing technological advancements.

Enter 3D printing. This innovative technology has revolutionized the production and delivery of pretty much any type of object. With more and more people understanding how 3D printing can be manipulated and used, we’re seeing a move to true innovation daily. A quick Google search of 3D printing, for example, reveals how ubiquitous this technology has become.

One area where we’re seeing tremendous advancements is in that of healthcare. The ease-of-access of 3D printers, the growing understanding of what can be 3D printed, and the need for better tools, simulators, and solutions – are a huge plus for the healthcare sector.  Despite its ubiquity, mastery of the material possibilities and the process can unlock new ways to deliver solutions. We have not tapped the potential of 3D printing to disrupt the way we deliver healthcare solutions.

3D Printing Our Health
This is not an exaggeration – today, our health can literally be 3D printed. From cells and structures with 3D bioprinting, to accessible and low-cost prosthetic limbs for children and adults, to organs that look and feel like the real thing, to affordable medical equipment – the options are limitless.

As you know, Radius is a human-centered design firm with a team of experts who are committed to seeing your ideas become a reality. At the core of this is in providing products, solutions, and innovations that make life better and easier for everyone.

This makes us extremely excited about 3D printing and what it means for solving the problems faced by the healthcare sector. There is incredible opportunity to use this technology to really contribute to solving the problems plaguing the worldwide healthcare sector. Everyone from newborn babies to medical students to researchers to management to those dealing with critical illness – all benefit from this innovation.

Because we’re so excited about how 3D printing is changing our health, we want to highlight some of the innovations that are true game changers in healthcare. Of course, we want to hear from you! Let us know on our Facebook page what you think are the most innovative applications of 3D printing in healthcare.

  • Tumor models. 3D printed tumor models allow surgeons to better understand complex cases and create a surgical plan that can minimize risk and decrease the surgical time. Additionally, these tumor models allow researchers to understand how tumors develop, grow, and respond to anti-cancer medication.
  • Body modeling. With complicated surgeries, such as those involving the brain, skull, or spine, surgeons need as much data and images possible to plan and execute a potentially life-saving operation. 3D printing of any part of our bodies – face, skin, skull, bones, or limbs allows surgeons to test their approach before the actual surgery. As Dr. John Meera of Boston Children’s Hospital said in a recent article about the 3D printing of a brain and cranium before surgery on a four-month old baby, “When you print out this model, it’s an amazing opportunity for me to actually look at the anatomy and look at the skull from different angles and actually have it in my hand and spin it around. It’s very critical in these kinds of cases. They’re rare, and each one is a little different, so you have to make a treatment plan just for these patients.” (vice.com)
  • Organ modeling. For medical students, researchers, and scientists, being able to hold and feel an organ aids in all levels of learning and advancement. For medical students and surgeons, holding an organ that responds like a live organ, gives them the chance to experience what they will face during surgery. This understanding can lead to new less-invasive surgical approaches, improved surgical technique, and a realistic learning environment.
  • Medical equipment. Particularly in surgeries in babies and children, often the equipment used can be too big and awkward for these small bodies. Now, with easier access to 3D printers, medical device providers and even surgeons can custom print medical equipment on a case-by-case basis. Smaller, more flexible, and innovative medical equipment can be easily produced, tested, and used in live settings with minimal time-to-market.
  • Prosthetic limbs. Prosthetic limbs are expensive and take a long time to produce. Often, in the case of children, by the time the new hand is delivered, the child has outgrown the prosthetic limb. With 3D printing, not only is the time in which it takes to deliver this limb greatly reduced, so is the cost. To address these barriers, several not-for-profit groups have been created to focus solely in getting limbs to those who need them most. Many of these groups provide free tutorials, templates, and other resources to enable anyone with a need to print a prosthetic limb.

This brief snapshot of how 3D printing is and can change the state of healthcare is nothing short of revolutionary. Imagine what will be happening next year, in five years, and 10 years from now.

Be A Game Changer

It’s all about making a difference and seeing your idea come to reality. To do this properly and with maximum impact you need the support and expertise of the Radius team. From our human factors experts to expertise in medical devices and healthcare to our Low Volume Build solution – we have the knowledge, skills, and commitment to see your idea realized.

Be part of the good that is happening in healthcare and be a game changer – we’ll get your idea in the hands of those who can benefit from it the most. See your ideas transform into real outcomes that make a real difference. Innovation Realized. Outcomes Achieved.

Healthcare Innovation is the Future – Be Part of It

Which comes first innovation or success? Without innovation you can’t experience success. However, with success you can drive and support innovation. Ideally you have both working in tandem to excite, stimulate, and drive your team to keep reaching and pushing farther. It’s this drive forward to continually break-down barriers that has allowed the U.S. medical device industry to lead the world production of medical devices.

It’s this high success rate along with a commitment to pushing technology, that makes it exciting to work with medical device innovators. Admittedly, the Radius team likes to work with true innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers and this vibe encapsulates our medical device partners.

Medical Device Industry At-A-Glance
At a first glance of the medical device industry, it’s quite remarkable that there is such a large degree of innovation and thought leadership. Most industries that are bound by layers of legislation, regulations, standards, bureaucratic approvals, and tax would buckle under the pressure.

This is not the case in the U.S. In fact, despite the stress and pressures of these barriers to entry and success, the U.S. is the global leader with sales of approximately $136 billion, representing an estimated 45% of the global market.

With 9,000 U.S.-based medical device manufacturers, many of these with fewer than 50 employees, providing 520,000 U.S. jobs, and generating $150 billion in direct sales – only highlights how important it is to continue driving innovation and leadership in this industry.

Harnessing Opportunity and Getting to the Next Level

Understanding how patients and caregivers interact with devices and technology and how value is created is critical to informing medical device innovation and development. Radius is a market leader in this field. We have decades of experience designing and developing healthcare technology and humanizing patient experiences and finding how they intersect to create real value.

We are committed to working with our healthcare, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies to ensure that success continues and real differences can be made. Together we can help you imagine and deliver on a real digital future.

One of the key areas in which we are seeing challenges for the healthcare and medical device industry is in that of being able to quickly adapt to the pressures of healthcare legislation and regulations. Now, we can’t change the decision-makers and force them to see things from your (and our) perspective – but we can support you in harnessing the opportunities presented by legislation and regulations. (For our team of experts, there is no such thing as can’t – instead we take a step back and find the best way to turn every challenge into an opportunity.)

  • Home and self-care. More and more people are looking outside of the traditional healthcare domain to solve their health problems. Many individuals are frustrated with the rising costs of traditional healthcare and have a deep desire to take control of their health situation. For the medical device industry, this can only be a positive. Being able to quickly harness the drive of your early adopters allows you to easily and readily learn what your customers need and want in their quest for peak health. The key then for you is ensuring that you’re connecting with this innovative demographic and giving them the best healthcare solution possible.
  • Emergent care system. There is lots of room for improvement in the emergent care system. Improvements that allow healthcare providers to streamline costs and processes, to better deliver top-in-class products and service, and to ultimately ensure that those who need care are getting it. But, how best to keep the costs of the emergent care system from exploding while still giving the best care possible? This is a worldwide challenge – but one that can be solved. By knowing and understanding the market, human, regulatory, and legislation and market influences that are driving costs and hampering care – change and development can happen. Working with those who have deep skills in research, analysis, insight, and regulatory compliance is the only way to ensure that healthcare innovators and medical device leaders are not slowed by a stagnant system.
  • Patient empowerment. Patients know that they shouldn’t have to settle for second best or be forced to wait for the exact cutting-edge care they need. It used to be that patients simply relied on their doctors and other healthcare experts for answers and solutions. Now though, we have the Internet – and as you know this has changed everything. From home DNA testing, activity monitors, connected glucose monitors, virtual medical diagnosis solutions, and 24/7 access to information – healthcare is leading the pack in innovation. Patients want and need to be empowered – and the key to this is in ensuring that as a healthcare innovator, you’re able to respond, react, and deliver this empowerment. Goes beyond data. Synthesize data into insights…

So, what does this mean for you? You understand the connection between innovation and success. You are driven by a deep need to solve patient problems and concerns. However, at times it seems that forces are working against you and the entire healthcare and medical device industry to do this good work.

This is why it’s vitally important for you to remember what sparked your idea and why you’re driven by a need to make the lives of patients better. The Radius team is committed, just like you to being a leader in healthcare solutions. We know there is a need. We know there are hurdles. But we also know that by working together – we can realize innovation and see outcomes achieved.

Shaping Healthcare in 2018

We’re living in fast moving times and nowhere is this more evident than in the healthcare industry. From innovative medical device design to ease-of-access to patient data to the changes in learning and research. The pace of change in healthcare is staggering. And no, this is not an exaggeration.

Think of this small example of changes in medical data sharing as a harbinger of things to come. A patient has regularly schedule bloodwork every three months. This patient normally had to wait a minimum of three weeks to receive a copy of her bloodwork results. In 2017, this all changed. With a small annual fee of $20, this patient has immediate access to her bloodwork results. Now, the day after the bloodwork appointment, the patient logs into the lab’s secure portal and can see her bloodwork results. This data goes beyond the plain numbers and provides an analysis of the results, highlighting abnormal numbers and patient history.

This example seems very simple but think of the tangential impacts this data-sharing has on the patient and her healthcare providers. The patient is not stressing for three weeks waiting for her bloodwork results. The analysis of the results eases the load on her primary care doctor and when the results are normal, a follow-up appointment can be avoided – freeing up more time for the doctor. In addition, this data can easily be shared across labs, hospitals, and doctors, making it possible to speed access to care and medical expertise.

Often, it’s the small changes that can result in the largest impacts. This is exactly where healthcare is going in 2018. Taking advantage of technology to make a real difference in solving the problems and delays we all see in healthcare.

2018 and the Healthcare Industry
We all know that the healthcare industry needs to change. However, we also all know that change is hard. Particularly when the change involves long-standing practices, organizations, multiple decision-makers, and layers of regulations. This is the reality for healthcare in 2018 – change is a must – the problems come in determining where to focus energies and how best to do this.

This is exactly what the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Health Research Institute set out to determine in its annual report on top health industry issues of 2018. This report serves as an ideal launching pad for innovators, thinkers, leaders, and medical device technology companies to focus their energy on how to make the most effective innovation and change.

We urge you to download the PwC report and review the contents in detail. In the meantime, we want to highlight the key takeaways from the PwC report. Our goal is to create conversations with you about how we can harness innovation for real change to provide positive outcomes that support fixing the top issues facing healthcare in 2018.

  • Tackling the opioid crisis. The opioid crisis is complex and far-reaching. This is a problem that knows no boundaries. How do healthcare leaders and innovators collaborate to drive solutions? Data-sharing across healthcare providers, giving patients better pain management options, connecting patients with treatment professionals in real-time, post prescription monitoring, dispensing security, empowering patients with access to data and people – these are just some ways change can happen.
  • Creating real outcomes. Healthcare is expensive, with the US spending more on healthcare per capita per year than any other country. However, the outcomes tied to this spending are lagging. People are limited by economic status, community resources, and other invisible but real healthcare borders. Equal and equitable healthcare for all is a must for all citizens. Taking advantage of the capabilities offered by the IoT, artificial intelligence, mobile apps, and connected collaboration can go a long way in providing affordable and effective healthcare. The technology is there – it’s literally waiting for the right innovators to harness it to make real change.
  • Be ready for anything. If we learned anything in 2017, it’s that natural disasters know no boundaries or limits. The hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and deep-freezes of 2017 are having long-term impacts. From the manufacturing of drugs to continuity of care to access to life-saving surgery – the entire healthcare industry was damaged. Real business continuity and disaster recovery planning is a must for the healthcare industry. Using the latest in communication, IoT, cloud-sharing, blockchain security – leaders and innovators need to come together to create actionable plans for the next disaster.
  • IoT security. Yes, the IoT is changing healthcare, but we cannot overlook the security implications. Hospitals have been hacked. There will be more security breaches. How do we ensure we get the advantages of connectivity without the security risks – giving everyone peace-of-mind that their life-saving machines, medical records, and even the lights in the corridors stay on and protected from savvy criminals?
  • Patients first. Healthcare is built around the people who need it – the patients. But in the cash-strapped, time-hampered, and over-worked healthcare industry of 2018, patient care can easily fall behind. Can we use the technologies that allow for communication anytime anywhere, instant shipping, parcel tracking, and smart homes – to improve and change the patient experience? Shifting the focus to putting the patient first can be done if we take a closer look at how we use existing technologies to put consumers first.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) leads the way. We know how AI can be effective in achieving real outcomes in improved efficiency and collaboration. There are so many ways in which AI can be used to automate repetitive processes, detect unseen patterns, and make real change within healthcare. Improving internal efficiencies, more manageable scheduling practices, predictive analysis, and real-time collaboration are just a few examples. We’re just waiting for the right innovators to recognize the potential AI can have in making real change in our healthcare industry.

The underlining theme with these talking points is – the waiting. We are all waiting for you, the innovator and thinker to get-on-board. There is real opportunity here to make effective change that results in real outcomes. Outcomes that make a difference.

Be Part of Shaping Healthcare in 2018

It can be easy to be overwhelmed by the challenges in the healthcare industry. We admit that there is a lot of work to be done – but we want you to see these challenges as possibilities. Real possibilities for real outcomes. Outcomes that come with teamwork, research, communication, and a proven approach to real innovation.

Think about barriers you’ve faced with your healthcare. Now, think of how you would make change to eliminate these barriers. Next, think of how this will help others. And now, contact us to learn how our expertise can support and encourage the development of a real solution that solves the consumer need you have identified. See – small change for big outcomes.

Thoughts from CES 2018

CES 2018 delivered on every level! We saw great innovation, insightful keynotes, accelerating trends, ingredient technologies, and a vision on tackling some of the major issues facing society, like healthcare and urbanization. Here are a few of our final thoughts on CES 2018.

Transformations Driven by Data and Speed
Data, data, and more data. Just about every product is generating huge amounts of data, and much of that data is actionable, immediate, and needed in real time. Every keynote or panel talked about data as the new currency. Someone described it as the new form of capital, a means to production. Any industry or company that doesn’t consider itself digital risks being left behind, even becoming irrelevant.

A digital strategy is essential. Industries are transforming at an alarming rate. The automotive industry is changing beyond recognition, as are the brands within it, as they morph into mobility providers or smart city vendors. Retail is becoming digital with virtual shopping assistants and the smart home is gaining momentum thanks to ambient voice recognition through Google Home or Amazon Alexa enabled devices.

The Potential of Conversational AI
Making sense of all this data and driving the demand for more data is AI. Referred to at the start of CES as an “ingredient technology,” AI, or artificial intelligence, is moving into our every-day life at an amazing pace. It seems that adoption will continue and other ingredient technologies like superfast 5G connectivity will only accelerate and facilitate its use.

AI has much to offer in almost every sector and is clearly part of the digital revolution occurring in the world today. It’s part of the disruption of industries like retail. Look at how much AI is being used by companies like Amazon who are using it to recommend products to us and to help them further develop their offering. AI also has the potential to help us combat and even cure diseases. It will change every industry, most products, and many lives.

Design Beyond Product
What we have seen at CES is less of a focus on product and more on ecosystem. It’s unusual to see companies like Ford talking about the systems, platforms, and concepts they are working on, over the products they are currently manufacturing and selling in volume. But ecosystems and platforms are enabling the future. Moving design and innovation to a level beyond product opens up enormous opportunity for companies to explore new ideas, new markets, and new business models.

Even the startup products viewed in Eureka Park are looking like part of a connected ecosystem with different players collaborating to drive value and of course a positive user experience or outcome.

No Shortage of Innovation
From the largest brands to the smallest startups, one message has been received loud and clear this week. Innovation is alive and well and living throughout the world. Eureka Park is where CES houses its startup exhibitors along with companies like Indiegogo and Kickstarter from the crowdfunding world and a whole lot of innovation groups and accelerators. There were more than 900 exhibitors in Eureka Park this year, a new record and they came from all corners of the world.

The CTA announced the expansion of their Innovation Scorecard on Tuesday. It was launched four years ago to rank states on their ability to nurture innovations, using 12 criteria. This year it went global, ranking 38 countries and the European Union. Finland topped the rankings, with the UK, Australia, and Sweden next, and the United States in fifth place. The CTA announced 13 Innovation Champions and a further 12 as Innovation Leaders. Check out the results and an interactive map here.

Codependence of Technologies and Industries
At CES it was clear that industry lines are blurred and often erased. Car companies are becoming connected mobility companies, healthcare companies are now wearables producers, and appliance companies are smart home AI providers. Industry and technology codependence is at an all-time high. To make a smart city work, we’re going to need all those ingredient technologies to work together, but perhaps more importantly we’re going to need people, companies, and even governments to work together. A connected world must be a collaborative world.

There are plenty of opportunities and challenges, but at the end of the day it all comes back to one thing; the user, us, the consumer. If innovation doesn’t deliver a good user experience and benefit all the stakeholders, it won’t be adopted.

Thanks for sharing our CES experience this week through our blogs and to all the people we met in Las Vegas. We return to our homes and offices exhausted but energized, excited about the future and what we can do to help empower our clients to innovate and build in the digital revolution.

It’s Time to Reinvent

Yesterday’s opening keynote from Ford President and CEO, Jim Hackett, shows how the world has changed, how industries have been hugely disrupted, and how even the largest corporations must change the way they think about their offering, their responsibilities, and their customers.

We talk a lot about innovation and ideation of products, services, ecosystems, and even business models, but sometimes the disruption by technology can be so great that it changes the foundation of an industry or a company. Add to this the challenges of the megatrends that affect society and suddenly everything a business was built upon decades ago has changed beyond recognition.

Jim Hackett spoke eloquently and sincerely about how Ford was changing from a vehicle manufacturer to a mobility company. About how, while their original goal to democratize transportation was still relevant and at their core, they had re-evaluated how they will go about it. About how they have explored and developed solutions for smart cities that would revolutionize the way people live, play, travel, and work.

Ford was not alone in this, and the automotive industry is just one industry going through a complete digital transformation. Much of Gary Shapiro’s, CTA President and CEO, opening remarks today were about the opportunities that innovation provides and how it is disrupting industries as well as creating new ones. And with all of this innovation and change comes the responsibility to create a better world where people are safer, happier, included, valued and healthier.

Smart Cities provide a wonderful example of reinvention. IoT and AI offer us the ability to connect an entire city, while also considering how urban life might look and how people really want to live. It’s a new industry that brings automotive makers, tech giants, software providers, systems builder, principalities, and governments together to collaborate in the creation of a new vision of a city. They are reinventing the vision of what a city should be, along with the ecosystem that supports it, the vehicles that move around it, and the services provided in it. They are reinventing how people live!

Around half of us live in cities right now, up from one third in 1960, and that number is predicted to be two thirds by 2050. As global population increases, the likely number of city dwellers by 2050 will be north of 6 billion. Our current city model won’t work with that number of people as congestion, pollution, and safety problems will only get worse. Reinvention is the only way forward and that means the reinvention of many of the companies and business models currently active in the ecosystem.

CES, like the technology industry, is littered with examples of disruption and reinvention, and like Ford, many companies have the foresight and agility to become something new, something more relevant, something better to deliver life changing solutions that make the world a better place.

Embrace the revolution. Be the disruptor!

It’s All About the Ecosystem

As we absorb the various press conferences from the world’s largest consumer technology brands, innovators, car makers, and the automotive OEMs that supply them, as well as the odd startup, we can’t help but notice there are few companies talking about product and many talking about platforms and ecosystems.

The day started with Bosch outlining its vision for Smart Cities, which is designed to answer some of the demands arising from an increase in urbanization, currently forecast to be 60% of the world’s population, or more than 6 billion people, living in cities by 2050. Bosch’s solution wasn’t a product, it was an ecosystem; a completely connected array of solutions that utilize the IoT and connect every part of our lives with a digital thread.

Further presentations from companies like Continental and Valeo from the automotive industry shared the same goal as many of the car makers presenting. They all plan to be an ecosystem provider in the connected vehicle world, with a focus on electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving. In fact, most of the car makers are busy redefining themselves as mobility solution companies.

This all comes from the same place, a good place: a desire to understand the consumer and deliver a seamless ecosystem that drives benefits for the individual and the community as a whole. Ok, it’s good business too.

We see innovation in the same terms and while clients might come to us looking for a product, they often leave with a much broader solution. It all starts with the user and their experience. In this case, it’s the driver or the inhabitant living in the smart city. The “discover” phase of innovation should always start with the user and what they need and expect. Only with this in place can you start to develop a solution. With solid data and understanding from the consumer, a design strategy can be developed to provide the right solution, be that hardware, software, services or the platform

As disruptive digital transformation grips industry after industry, the winners are the companies that take the holistic view, that rather than fear change embrace it, and are prepared to be the disruptor, rather than the disrupted.

The ecosystem is where all the cool ingredients, or enabling technologies come together. Today, just about every executive has used the acronyms AI and IoT. The use of these technologies is clearly a huge driver of innovation right now, but importantly these building blocks live within an aforementioned ecosystem and only operate when all the parties in that ecosystem are willing collaborators.

Collaboration is the order of the day in innovation in many sectors, with partnerships being regularly announced between vendors of traditional products, like cars, and high tech companies that help them see past their technology blind-spots. For some that’s an acquisition, for others it’s a simple partnership. Collaboration is another way to expand a company’s technology portfolio, but also business understanding and user understanding.

The last event of today was Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sharing his vision for the future by opening with an interactive experience called “Data Rocks the Park,” a performance in three acts: Algorithm & Blues, Data Drones and AI (Oh My) and Dancing in the Data. Cleary the keyword here, and throughout Brian’s presentation is data. Intel believes that data is transforming the world, driving a new wave of innovation and changing the fabric of society.

Insights are the fuel of the ecosystem, just as AI is the brains. Tomorrow, we’ll be exploring the innovations and ecosystems on offer at Eureka Park, where more than 900 startups from all over the world share their ideas and aspirations. We expect to see a lot of products driven by IoT, AI, Big Data, robotics and much more. Check in tomorrow to see the innovations that caught our eye.

My “CES Unveiled” Top Ten

Hot on the heels of CTA’s “CES 2018 Trends to Watch” presentation comes “CES Unveiled,” a chance for the media and a lucky few to get a glimpse of the newest products on display at CES this year. It’s great to see so much new hardware coming to the market, and with such a strong focus on the user experience and the needs of the consumer. Here are ten of the innovations that caught my eye, some for their creativity, some for their simplicity, and others because they are just very cool!

BrainCo started with a handful of distinguished research scientists and engineers from Harvard and MIT and have grown to more than 50 people in the USA and China. They have developed brain – machine interface hardware and software platform technologies that convert electrical signals from the brain to digital signals for use in various education, gaming, smart home applications as well as functioning prostheses. They have an impressive demo with a robot, controlled by brain waves, loading and unloading ping pong balls. This is one to watch for the future.

Electron claim to be able to turn any bike into an e-bike in 30 seconds, and their demo was proof for anyone that doubted them. The Electron Wheel fits most bikes with rim brakes, and doesn’t need any wires or throttles to operate. Just use your bike like you always have, but with the ease of a pedal assist experience. The wheel neutralizes most hills and allows you to commute without breaking a sweat. Of course, it comes with an app for your smartphone.

Kuri, from Mayfield Robotics, is the cutest robot and worthy of a mention because it heralds a new category of family friendly “companion robots” that use all the right enabling technologies of AI and voice and face recognition to drop seamlessly into our lives. Kuri is that friendly face that always greets members of the family, captures those special moments at home, learns its own way around your house, spotting obstacles like discarded toys. It can also play your favorite songs, podcasts or audio books. It’s a great example of good, friendly design that creates a unique user experience.

PostMii have connected the desire to post selfies with desire to send postcards to create an unusual interactive experience for tourists. Mounted on a bike and powered by solar panels, this interactive system allows tourists to take selfies, augment the image by adding glasses or a hat, plus images of the locations, then print it as a postcard. They can then write on the postcard and it is stamped and sent on site. A fun, simple product that uses augmented reality to create and print a unique postcard.

e-vone brought an innovative take on the shoe, this time with “falling technology”. Designed for elderly footwear, hikers and worker’s shoes or boots, this smart shoe can alert in the case of a fall. The shoes come in good designs and bring an extra dimension of support to the user.  A simple solution to a user experience where a panic button may not be the ideal product.

R-PUR is the first anti-pollution mask specifically designed for motorbike and bicycle users, and is designed and made in France. This mask allows you to breathe clean air by filtering toxic particles, fine particles / diesel, pollens as well as viruses and bacteria present in the air, all without compromising on comfort and style. This new generation filtering solution offers a protection greater than the highest European norm en149 – FFP3. Simple problem, simple solution and good design, and what’s more it’s connected and will tell you when the filter needs replacing.

AURASENS came with a great product, a great design and a great demo. Their literature asks you to go beyond music and immerse your senses through vibration. The AURASENS Lounger is described as your trans-sensory vessel to audio-haptic pleasure. It is indeed a thing of beauty and the three-minute demo, in which you relax in the chair wearing an eye mask and headphones, is impressive. You can feel the music through every part of your body that touches the chair. The team have specific compositions but this product will have a developer’s, or composer’s kit, and a strong content offering. They are also working with some automobile OEMs to bring this haptic technology into vehicles.

Spartan stood out from the crowd with their staff wearing their underpants on the outside. Not because they’re super heroes, but because high-tech boxer briefs that protect your health from wi-fi and cellphone radiation is what they are promoting at CES this week. They claim 99% of wireless radiation is blocked, protecting the valuable contents from what many major scientific institutes believe can be harmful, particularly to fertility.

Velco, another French innovator, had a simple well designed solution for bike navigation that could avoid the need to use your smartphone or headphone whilst cycling. The aptly named winkbar has two indicators that fit on the handlebars of the bike. They act as navigation when connected to the inevitable mobile app, illuminating the lights to signal turns or incoming calls. They also act as flashlights or headlights, turning on automatically when needed and lastly they allow you to track your bike in the event of theft. A deserving winner of a CES Innovation Award.

Caveasy is a connected wine rack with an app that provides an ecosystem which lets you know when to drink your wines before they pass their best. Simply take a photo of the label on the app and place the bottle in the connected rack and it will let you know where it is when you’re looking for it, highlight when it should be best enjoyed and even offer suggestions on the strength of your previous choices.

These products are all very diverse but share some common qualities. The designs come from a solid understanding of the user and their needs, they are not over complicated or technology for its own sake, and they all share solid design roots and a desire to improve or enhance the life of the user.

We’ll see many more great ideas and designs throughout our week at CES, stay connected to find out more from our team at CES 2018.

Augmented Reality – Good News for Healthcare

For anyone involved in innovation and ideation, augmented reality (AR) is nothing new. In fact, many of you have likely been working in AR before it became newsworthy or trendy. The good news is that now after years of under-the-radar development, testing, and analysis – AR is approaching mainstream.

The major question underlying the AR of 2017 is where will it go? This of course depends on you, me, and the rest of the out-of-the-box thinkers around the world. The AR we’re experiencing right now, today, is the tip of the iceberg. Think of it as the Internet in 1998 – blogs were kind of becoming a thing, social media really wasn’t around, smartwatches and m-commerce weren’t even a glimmer for everyday consumers – and now look at what we have.

One of the major interests we have here at Radius Innovation & Development is in healthcare innovation. Not only are the opportunities for research and development tremendous, it’s equally important to do all we can to bring more good to the world. Healthcare innovation allows us to do this by taking the best in current and future technologies and applying them to real-world problems.

Healthcare: A Real-World Problem
No country or city is immune to healthcare issues. Hospitals and other medical centers are overcrowded, underfunded, and working within cumbersome bureaucratic infrastructure. However, it is within and from this damaged system that we’ve witnessed some of the best advances and uses of healthcare technology. CT Scans, MRI technology, 3D-printed prosthetics, organ transplants, automated recording keeping, robotic pill dispensers – the list goes on and on.

Healthcare is ready for an AR revolution. With projections that AR will be an $83 billion industry by 2021, this is only good news for healthcare. Will AR fix a damaged healthcare system and offer equitable, accessible, and affordable care to everyone worldwide? Maybe. What we do know is that it can be a game-changer.

AR can give everyone involved in the healthcare system better opportunities. AR has the ability to combine immersive experiences with enhanced, digital experience. With better opportunities comes the chance to improve and change healthcare – making it work for all of us.

  • Assisted surgery. Some surgeries require the very best in experience and knowledge. Too many patients are limited by location and cost to make this possible. Imagine if surgeons were able to connect and work together in real-time AR to help each other perform complicated surgeries. Removing the barriers of distance and cost from healthcare access.
  • Access to care. The Internet has given us easy access to all levels of healthcare information from symptoms to the latest published research to details about clinical trials. What if we could take this information and transform it into a smart doctor device? With the use of our smart devices we could have access to specialists who can diagnose and advise us without ever entering a hospital. This frees up limited emergency room and consult time – ensuring that those who really need hospital care can have it when they need it.
  • Patient history. There is a void of information-sharing across specialists, hospitals, and other medical centers. A patient sees their family doctor, is referred to a specialist, who then doesn’t have access to the patient’s latest bloodwork or test results, finally the patient receives a diagnosis but is then referred to another medical center – where the process begins again. This broken communication system and disconnected network results in costly delays, waiting periods that can impact the patient’s health, and frustration for everyone. AR can fix this by opening the communication pathways and delivering the latest test results in seconds rather than weeks.

These are just three areas where we can all work together to move healthcare systems forward. Imagine if the burden of care was lightened, allowing those running these vital institutions to then look at improving the system as a whole – rather than worrying about more emergency room beds or the funding of expensive surgery or reducing wait times.

Real World AR in Healthcare Today
One of our main areas of focus at Radius is in knowing what is happening right now with current technology. As industry analysts, we need to know how AR is being used now to help us (and you) envision how we can use it tomorrow. At Hannover Messe 2017, Radius demonstrated the potential of the Microsoft HoloLens on the world of product innovation and development by bringing holograms into real-world design challenges. If you haven’t seen our demonstration, be sure to check it out here.

In our research, we’ve come across some other very innovative ways in which AR is being used in healthcare today. Maybe one of these applications will spark a lightbulb moment for you?

  • AccuVein. Having blood drawn can be painful for sick people. AccuVein is a handheld scanner that shows nurses and doctors where the patient’s veins are located, reducing painful incidences of missed veins.
  • ‘Gemini’ Refractive Capsule. This device is similar to a contact lens, but is a medical device that can treat sight defects such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
  • Scopis. Is developing AR surgical software and systems that guide surgeons during complex spinal, ENT, brain, and other surgeries. These AR tools provide surgeons with additional views, allowing them to better anticipate complications.
  • OxSight. AR glasses that help visually impaired people recognize and navigate their surroundings. This innovation is considered to be a replacement for canes and seeing-eye dogs.

Yes, like you, we’ve got many lightbulbs firing right now. Let’s talk and figure out how we can move forward.

We are innovation. We realize innovation. We want to make the world a better place. AR allows us to do this – we are your partners for today and the future.

There are no limits on what we can achieve. Excited? Contact us today.

Healthcare Innovation in Elder Care

If there is one big topic that people want to talk about these days, it’s healthcare. From stories about recent hospital experiences to concerns about healthcare costs and the best ways to manage healthcare – there is a real buzz around our health and the ecosystem designed to protect and support it. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the healthcare industry is growing faster and will add more jobs between 2014 and 2024 than any other sector. Healthcare support occupations and healthcare practitioners and technical occupations are projected to be the two fastest growing occupational groups during the projections decade. These groups are projected to contribute the most new jobs, with a combined increase of 2.3 million in employment, representing about 1 in 4 new jobs.

We would also like to discuss healthcare but with a different twist… We see a convergence in the need and opportunity between the growing elderly population and the potential of the IoT to connect equipment and people. Why this topic and why now? There is no denying that our population is aging. In fact, recent statistics show that by 2024, the world population is expected to reach 8 billion people and of this number, 1.2 billion of these people will be elderly. Moreover, we have seen IoT solutions, when applied properly, can gather data and yield meaningful insights to improve care and lower costs.

As an innovator, this situation is both exciting and overwhelming. The opportunities available to use the best-in-class technology and innovation to support this growing elderly population is unprecedented. However, 2024 really isn’t that far away – particularly when it comes to new product development and adoption.

This is exactly why, when our team is talking about healthcare, we’re talking about the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), which is the latest in technologies and how to get the latest in medical device technology into the hands of those who can really benefit from it.

Healthcare Challenges
Our healthcare infrastructure is stressed and overburdened. During a recent webcast hosted by our parent company, Jabil, and presented by Lorraine Marchand, one particularly interesting slide compared the U.S. and Western Europe healthcare performance by country. The results showed that the most expensive care typically resulted in the lowest level of satisfaction. Hospitals are stressed with the demands of patient care, staffing needs, rising costs, lack of funding, and capacity issues. Combine this with the sad reality that we are a sicker population and the hard reality that change is slow to come to the healthcare industry. More people are working harder and at a higher cost, to deliver mediocre care.

The existing infrastructure – regulation, payer models, care system – make a wholesale change unrealistic. While it would be ideal to rebuild the system, this simply is not realistic. That slow pace of change doesn’t allow for wholesale redesign or updating. Rather, what is needed is realistic vision for improvement, and the implementation of a series of discrete, but highly impactful steps forward that enables better patient care, better management of staff workloads, and encourages better use of existing resources.

Enter IoMT – the opportunities this new domain of connected devices, cloud technology, and medical devices are powerful. Exciting – yes. Overwhelming – yes. Necessary – yes.

So, where to get started?

IoMT for Better Elder Care
We appreciate that opportunity is packaged with challenge and risk. The good news is that by working together, we can give you the tools and knowledge to focus on your idea and to really harness the opportunity – while we do the work to minimize challenges and risk that come with innovation and opportunity. Our focus is on bridging the gap between insight through to commercialization, minimizing risk, maximizing rewards – ultimately getting your idea into the hands of those who need and want it.

This brings us back to your big opportunity: improving elder care with IoMT. Here’s our quick brainstorm of ideas on how we see IoMT affecting healthcare for the better – making it easier for the entire infrastructure to support the increasing demands of our growing and aging population.

  • Ease of monitoring. Many elderly people are managing conditions that require constant monitoring, involving conditions, caregivers, and medication regimes. This places a great deal of stress on these patients, often making it harder to control and manage conditions such as heart disease, COPD, diabetes, and stroke side effects. Real-time and simple monitoring and appropriate analytics of key factors such as heart rate activity and glucose levels allows doctors and patients to be directly connected to insights that inform improvements in care rather than more and more raw data – easing the burden on patients to remember to self-monitor and ensuring these patients are being monitored with minimal disruption.
  • Medical compliance. Compliance costs are between $100B and $300B each year. The reasons are diverse and need to be monitored and managed differently. This is especially true for elderly patients. Smart apps and product design can work to ensure that patients are gently reminded to take their daily medication and to send alerts to both the patients and the healthcare practitioners when dosages are missed. However, smart solutions that to not require smart phones are also available and effective.
  • Maintaining independence. Not only are hospitals overburdened but so too are nursing homes and residences. Factor in that most elderly people want to continue living in their own homes – and there is opportunity to take advantage of virtual monitoring and robot technology. Using simple-to-use apps and touchscreen technology, seniors can easily connect to family, friends, and healthcare providers – all of whom can help support these seniors while ensuring that they are living well and safely. This also serves to help manage the cost of care by keeping patients at home longer rather than in dedicated healthcare facilities.
  • Daily quality of life. For many seniors, it’s the things we take for granted that become frustrating – hearing well, seeing properly, and hand dexterity. Inserting cumbersome hearing aids or trying to manipulate a modern smartphone with small buttons and a slippery surface can be a challenge. Smart technology that creates an environment tailored for our aging population, such as connecting a hearing aid to items in the home such as the volume control on the television or radio or connects to a smartphone or tablet when a call is received, can take the stress of managing the simple tasks of life.

This is just a snapshot of how we can take the best in IoMT and use it to really make a difference in the lives of real people.

It is really about making a difference – improving the lives of seniors and their families and easing the burden on the healthcare system, while also managing the cost of care. We’re excited about these possibilities and like you, we want to see them come to fruition. Our team of experts will take your idea from paper to reality – giving you the power to make a difference. Remember, now is the time to get started – contact us and let’s talk IoMT and changing lives.

How the Internet of Things (IoT) is Advancing Healthcare

Individuals are more connected to and are taking ownership of their daily health.

Healthcare is a hot topic for everyone these days. Individuals are more connected to and are taking ownership of their daily health with devices such as Fitbits, home blood pressure monitoring devices, and smart watches. In the healthcare sector, manufacturers are becoming fully invested in the Internet of Things (IoT) and what it means for medical equipment, including connectivity, communication, monitoring, and data collection. Researchers are leveraging the ability to collect and aggregate more data to uncover deeper insights into health needs to unlock more meaningful solutions… digging into how they can use the cloud and integrated technologies to provide education opportunities, lead remote training, and quickly share and communicate key data with another. Insurance companies are trying to learn how they can use the data provided by personal devices and that from medical equipment to better deliver customized health insurance, and in some cases, to drive behavior.

This all adds up to huge opportunity for change, growth, advancement, and success. The key though is to remember that IoT is a vehicle, but the success comes from understanding how to implement IoT to create value for the user, HCPs, insurers, etc. A deep understanding of this value helps cut through the sea of what can be done, and uncovers what should be done; to use the best of IoT to advance healthcare technologies and communication. Success starts with uncovering opportunities to generate value and finishes with mastering and leveraging the right technology solution to deliver the value. To do this properly, it’s necessary to take a step back and really understand what the opportunities IoT offers you and how you can translate this into real innovation.

Harnessing the IoT
The real conundrum lies in how to best harness the IoT for your distinct opportunity. The industry is buzzing about the IoT but we need to really understand what the possibilities are for each company. Naturally, IoT is not the best solution for some opportunities, whether due to the particular stakeholder need, cost drivers, or simply due to the state of technology itself.

Knowing when and how to take advantage of the latest technology and then knowing how to develop this technology to meet your unique needs is what we do. We are experts in innovation, on uncovering opportunities and capitalizing on them, and in making sure that your unique opportunity is realized to its full potential. Part of our uniqueness is in the multidisciplinary approach with folks advocating for the user, with experts in understanding technology possibilities, and with experience in commercializing solutions. This can’t be done with a few spreadsheets and brainstorming sessions, instead we take an iterative and connected approach to fully understanding, researching, testing, and prototyping your ideas and opportunity.

  • Do you know what struggles your customers face?
  • Do you understand their world and the broader set of technology and business solutions available? What technologies are working and not working?
  • Do customers want what you’re offering? Who are your customers and what are they currently using
  • What are the latest in FDA standards and ISO regulations?
  • Do you understand the real cost-resource-company benefit of your idea? Is the expense of production going to smother your revenue?

Yes, there is a rush to market and being the first to offer the latest connected solution but it’s vital that you’re coming to market with the right solution. We want to bring our experts to work with yours so that, together, we can fully realize the potential that IoT offers you and your market.

Personal health monitoring adds up to improved peace-of-mind, decreased healthcare costs, better care, and more informed doctors, healthcare providers and patients.

Doing More the Best Way Possible
Knowing what the best opportunities are and how to use these the best way possible that will result in success for you and real benefit your customers.

Within the healthcare space, there are a number of areas of convergence where IoT is making significant impacts and where Radius is being called upon to assist.

  1. Home and personal monitoring. Think smart watches that monitor blood pressure, heart rate, and provide alerts to remind people to drink, move, and sleep. With an older demographic, we’re seeing a need for connected and smart alerts to remind people to take their medication, to alert doctors when there has been a missed dose, and personal in-home safety tools such as video monitoring, emergency call buttons through-out the home, and monitoring solutions for dementia patients. When done correctly this all adds up to improved peace-of-mind, decreased healthcare costs, better care, and more informed doctors, healthcare providers and patients.
  2. Remote healthcare. Telemedicine has been hovering in the background for a while now and with the real advances in connectivity, cloud technology, and communication, we’re now able to realize this opportunity. From providing better healthcare to rural communities to offering specialist services to smaller hospitals to providing live training and education to students/doctors/nurses in environments that lack access to experts – remote healthcare is ready to break-through.
  3. Medical device technology. This is the realm that seems to bog down the healthcare system, the delay in getting results to the patients, consulting specialists, insurance companies, and other healthcare providers. Now with the IoT we’re seeing the ability to quickly and seamlessly communicate vital test results, scans, and data, eliminating the two-week wait for results and stress on behalf of the patient. Real-time outcomes of blood analysis while the patient waits or the instant display of an MRI to a specialist in another hospital or instant access to health data for a patient who is being transferred via ambulance.

A Front Seat
Radius is privileged to consult with many clients as they explore and harness the power of IoT within their new product ideas and evolving business and service models. From the latest in wearable technology and oral care, to sophisticated remote monitoring, auto-alert , diagnostic and drug delivery devices, we are witnessing first hand. – The IoT is advancing healthcare – making life better and healthier for everyone involved.

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