Author Archives: William Mann

SENSIMAT Announces Indiegogo Stretch Goal: All Funds Raised Above Goal Will go to Donating SENSIMATs

Campaign Link: On March 24th, we launched the SENSIMAT campaign with the goal of revolutionizing the way that wheelchair users take control of their health. Many people don’t even know that pressure can lead to problems for wheelchair users and it has been a joy putting this project together, educating the general public, and engaging […]

Indiegogo Campaign to Launch Mobile Pressure Monitoring System for Wheelchair Users

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sensimat Systems announces Indiegogo campaign to launch mobile pressure monitoring system for wheelchair users Indiegogo Link: Pressure sores are a major challenge for wheelchair users and can lead to risks of infection, being bedridden, hospitalization, and mortality. In the US and Canada alone, there are over 3 million wheelchair users, of which […]

The Quantified Seat – What I Learned From a Week on a Wheelchair Cushion

At SENSIMAT we are creating the first and only mHealth application for pressure relief, designed specifically for wheelchair users. We have had the device sending and receiving data for quite a while, but this is the first time we have put it to use for an extended period of time in real-world settings. We collected […]

A Primer on Pressure Ulcers

The Facts: Pressure against the skin from prolonged periods of non-movement can result in lesions on the skin of various degrees of severity (4 stages) termed pressure ulcers. These skin lesions are painful, can significantly increase the risk of serious infection, and could result in death. Pressure ulcers can occur in patients that are in […]

VA on Wheels at Risk for Pressure Sores

The US Department of Defense identified that spinal cord injury research and development was of significant relevance for the improvement of function, wellness and overall quality of life of military service members. The Spinal Cord Injury Research Project (SCIRP) was established by congress in 2009 with additional support for the program in 2012.  This is […]

Building a Clinical Evidence Package: Part 3

Product Testing and Iteration If you haven’t done so, take a minute to read Building a Clinical Evidence Package: Parts 1 and 2 first, as this post builds directly on them. For all of you who have read Lean Startup, you know about the MVP. The MVP, or minimum viable product, is “a version of […]

Building a Clinical Evidence Package: Part 2

If you haven’t done so, take a minute to read Part 1 first, as this post builds directly on that. The first level of scientific and clinical development for a new product is simply a basic review of the published literature in your target field. For companies that want to take an exhaustive deep-dive, a […]

Building a Clinical Evidence Package

In our previous post titled “Mobile Medical Applications: Classification and Revenue Models”, we discussed several different approaches you can take to positioning your mobile app. We believe that medical apps will slowly begin creeping towards higher regulation and will therefore require more clinical data to prove that it provides value for a patient. Many people […]

Intellectual Property as a Start-up

As a start-up, dealing with law firms can be a “delicate” process. When an hour of time spent chatting up an associate can cost $600, it can be difficult to justify. However, as a device and medical IT start-up it is essential to have an intellectual property strategy. The first thing people usually think of […]

Reimbursement: Want, need, or ignore?

In the last blog post where I talked about business models I mentioned that higher device classification, and ergo the increase in clinical evidence that comes with it, can lead to more sophisticated business models. These sophisticated business models are both a blessing and a curse. In most industries, the person who uses the product […]