Highland Health Solutions develops Transeophageal (TOE) transducers transporter
27 August 2014
Interface Knowledge Connect help Health Science Solutions (HSS) develop transporter prototype which could help the health service reduce equipment costs and maintenance. Life Sciences is a major sector in the Highlands & Islands economy and Interface has helped a range of innovative companies contribute to this. Health Science Solutions (HSS), a Scotland wide life science company based at the Centre for Health Science, Inverness​ and led by owner Gerry MacNeil, is one such company. HSS specialise in training, repair and quality assurance of medical ultrasound transducers, in particular Transeophageal (TOE) transducers. The Business Challenge Transducers are the part of scanning equipment that is held by the surgeon/medical professional and are the most fragile and mobile part of the equipment used to carry out an ultrasound. These transducers are very expensive and are frequently damaged beyond repair in transportation. Currently this equipment is not supplied with any storage or transport solutions. HSS saw an opportunity to design a transporter, disinfection, tester or trolley which would ensure secure transportation, greatly reducing costs from damage as well as ensuring that the equipment is easy access and safe to use and maintain. The Business Solution Having already worked with Aberdeen University on another ultrasound project HSS knew the benefits of working with academia and approached Interface for further assistance. Interface initially introduced Gerry to Dundee and Strathclyde Universities leading to the development of design proposals that will now allow HSS to progress build working prototypes. Interface were ideally suited to helping HSS source academic level expertise to meet their highly technical specifications, as Gerry explains: Health Science Solutions Logo 460 'We had some early design ideas for the proposed transporter and have existing contacts in hospitals that are willing and available to do beta testing. Unfortunately we lacked the necessary in-house skills to develop these ideas. Interface, however, with access to all 23 of Scotland’s Universities and research institutions, were able to quickly identify a number of academic institutions with the right testing and design expertise. 'We chose to work with Strathclyde and Dundee, and have now successfully developed and designed with engineers drawings for a working prototype which we can take to the testing stage' For more information contact: Dr. Kathryn Fraser Interface Project Executive, Tel: +44 (0) 1463 244240
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