With HealthTech Arena Innovation Skåne ventures into building a regional test bed to develop and test new products and services in e-health. The task is commissioned by Region Skåne. Read more ”Nu utvecklar vi ”HealthTech Arena” (in Swedish)
Testing has started in HealthTech Arena and a Finnish company was first in line – Monidor – which develops a digital drip calculator. The company was found through the Nordic test bed collaboration Nordic Test Beds.
– The first test is an example of how our test bed environment can make a difference for a new product, says Sigge Frolov, project leader for HealthTech Arena. The drip calculator has been tested in a Finnish environment and the company now wants to reach out internationally, and the first step is the Swedish market. Through HealthTech Arena the company can do usability tests in a lifelike environment with users such as nurses from the Skåne University Hospital, and validate whether there is a need on the Swedish market.
The digital drip calculator measures the fluid flow for example during intravenous therapy with infrared light. The solution, which is relatively simple and cheap, can be used widely in different clinics and in home care. Infusion pumps are used in healthcare today, but these are expensive and mostly used in intensive care units. In other clinics the drip is often manually adjusted without the possibility to measure accurately.
The first test within HealthTech Arena could be carried out thanks to a collaboration with the training centre for healthcare personnel at the Skåne University Hospital (SUS) in Lund, and together with 12 nurses from Practikum and other departments at SUS.
– The results in this first test are above our expectations. The next step is to fine-tune our methodology and mode of operation and to bring in more startups to do similar tests, says Sigge Frolov.