Building connected medical equipment to improve treatment and patient outcomes
In the heart of Bruntwood SciTech’s Manchester Science Park sits Lucid, a team of engineers, product designers, manufacturers and researchers specialising in healthcare innovation. In a world of increasingly connected healthcare, Lucid’s medical devices combine physical hardware with electronic capabilities to investigate, diagnose or monitor patients more accurately, ultimately improving treatment outcomes.
Providing the best possible healthcare with limited resources is becoming even more essential under current circumstances. For Lucid CEO Alistair Williamson, this requires a high level of empathy for patients just as much as technological and clinical excellence.
“We are currently developing apps and devices to make life easier for people suffering with issues around continence and constipation,” he says. “These kinds of problems are typically seen as embarrassing or taboo so often people won’t seek medical attention. Then unfortunately the conditions get much worse when you get older, so they can drive people into dependency and care.”
Lucid’s strategy is to help sufferers deal with their issues with dignity when they arise, by preventing or managing symptoms before they get worse. This uses a holistic approach, taking in the everyday habits of individual patients. Their connected treatment system for bladder and bowel care, for example, makes use of an app for tracking and managing diet.
Remotely monitoring conditions in this way provides clinicians with a wealth of information about their patients away from the consulting room. It also makes it easier for people to approach their embarrassing problems.
Some of Lucid’s other medical innovations include brain stimulators that are used to treat drug resistant conditions such as depression, devices for the non-surgical treatment of skin cancer, and a cancer treatment phantom used by the Christie NHS Trust. These simulations are essential for the treatment of head and neck cancers, as they are used by clinicians to model how radiotherapy treatment would affect these complex regions – containing many different types of tissue.
“Along with developing medical devices, devices for cosmetic treatments, and Personal Protective Equipment, we manufacture, we can help small companies navigate regulatory constraints, and we work for larger companies who want to outsource their development,” says Williamson. “Our scope is essentially anywhere that electronic devices cross with mechanical devices. Plus a strong focus on empathy for people.”
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