In response to an identified and unmet need of strengthening post-operative care in over 65 year joint replacement patients who live independently, we have designed a breakthrough product & system that can easily be deployed in the quickly expanding field of Remote Patient Monitoring.
Full project website: https://alexandereviston.editorx.io/gobility
Key skills and tasks that I contributed to this project include;
- Website Design (WIX - EditorX)
- CAD of final product solution (Fusion 360)
- Brand identity
- Product Rendering (Keyshot)
- Investor Report document design (InDesign)
- Research and Business case development.
The future of post-operative care
The 'STRAiDE' product system was designed as part of a group project looking to develop and deploy a commercially viable 'new to the world' product. I was one of 3 group members who worked towards this design.
STRAiDE™ is an innovative new sensor + dock system that uses proprietary Artificial Intelligence (Ai) to optimise recovery for elderly patients after joint replacement surgery.
These discrete sensors are placed in specific areas of a patient's home four weeks before surgery and remain in place until four weeks afterwards. These sensors collect and transmit data about how a patient is using their home to help guide their preparation, recovery and rehabilitation.
Important cues can be given to patients via the 'dock' component of the design which aim to make the daunting and extensive list of pre and post-operative instructions easier to understand
Why is Post-Surgical Care so important?
An exponential increase in demand for Joint Replacement Surgery by 300-400% (Ackerman 2012)
Australian Over 65s living alone increase 50% to 3.5M by 2041 (ABS 2018)
Increase in minimally invasive surgery making joint replacement an outpatient surgery.
Increase in the number of outpatient day surgery clinics.
We started the process by conducting background research with elderly persons, surgeons, general practitioners, and physiotherapists to develop an understanding of inherent problems and shortcomings of the current recovery climate for patients. We made multiple prototypes developing from paper to CAD and finally, with a 3D printed form mock-ups to evaluate strengths and weaknesses for both the dock and sensor housings that will be located throughout homes. Navigating research and collaboratively designing during the disruption and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge but the extra time spent at home during periods of lockdown helped build empathy with our end users.