Opportunity AreaHow might we improve demand and access to essential maternal health medicines & supplies in Uganda??
The proposed title of your ideaMEDIN-SIMULATOR
Please describe your idea.Medin-Simulator is a software that will be used to train medical professionals about use and maintenance of medical equipment.
What problem does your idea solve in the market?Medical equipment is expensive. Institutions that teach nursing, medicine and biomedical engineering cannot afford the expensive medical equipment, thus they end up not having been trained well enough about use and maintainance of medical equipment. No wonder we have a high failure rate of medical equipment in our hospitals that can even lead to delayed surgeries such as c-sections for mothers about to give birth. Medin simulator is a Cheaper and versatile software tool that will have a medical equipment library that simulates many kinds of medical equipment.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityI studied biomedical engineering at kyambogo university, and noticed that our medical lab had some equipment that was not working, thus those who left Before me entered the field without having a lot practical experience on use and maintanance of the medical equipment. I also did my internship at mengo hospital where i noticed that also doctors and nurses are not properly trained on use and maintanance of medical equipment. And a lot of the medical equipment in hospitals fails simply because of user errors and mishandling. Thus, as a biomedical engineer, I decided to create a software that will be cheaper and more versatile to teach professionals as well as the students.
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?Nurses, doctors and biomedical engineers currently still studying as well as practising professionals will benefit from this solution since they will be able to install the software on a computer and simulate different kinds of medical equipment.Patients receiving quality health care will also benefit from the solution since the medical equipment will be better maintained. For example, delayed surgeries will be a thing of the past, and c-sections or will not have to be delayed.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?I am convinced because medical equipment plays a pivotal role in delivering quality health care to people within our society. And also a number of professionals out there do not know how to maintain medical equipment. The software will be available both online and offline as well as also have a smart phone application available for the medical professionals. Institutions cannot afford the expensive medical equipment to simply train their medical engineers.
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?Other initiatives include training of people by non-for profit groups such as Amalthea Trust from the United Kingdom. The group travels to Uganda and trains biomedical engineers about use and maintenance of medical equipment. They have also expanded their activities to include nurses for the first time this year, which they did at Fort Portal referral hospital. Another initiative includes use of medical equipment simulators which are only specific to kinds of medical equipment. These simulators are expensive and not many institutions that train biomedical engineers have them. Our solution is going to be available on the smartphone as well as on personal computers. Biomedical engineering students will be able to access information about use and maintenance of medical equipment of our website and also simulate errors within the software to better be prepared to troubleshoot and maintain medical equipment.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?We have interacted with different doctors and most of them suggested that a phone application would be very handy for them. One that teaches them what do to incase of any user errors that occur during use of medical equipment. For example, incase they are in an operation room, how ready can they counter the problem. We have also tested the prototype at kyambogo university, in front of the year two diploma students, and they were pretty excited to know that such a tool will be released soon once we have the first version finished. It will help better prepare the forth coming biomedical engineering students at Kyambogo university, since already some medical equipment with in the lab does not work.
How will you financially sustain your business?The first version of the software will be free of charge, so as to gain traction among users and also learn about how the software is being used. We intend to make money through the purchase of plugins since the software will be free. The plugins will include test tools, different simulation techniques. starting at 5 dollars, per plugin to further enhance the user experience of the software. We also intent to have online courses that will be paid for. The online courses will be done at any time, and also have use of the online Software application to simulate results and medical equipment. The online courses will also have video tutorials which teach about use and maintenance of medical equipment. Different medical equipment will be set into different modules, and will start at 15 dollars depending on the module chosen. We intend to target at least 500 users by the end of this year through our intense marketing strategy and have at least half of them pay either for online or plugins.
Please share a link to a 3 minute online video that best describes your idea and teamhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVq4WrbnONU
Please tell us about each founder and their roles on the team. How do you know your founders and how long have you worked together?Karuhanga Tabaro - finishing his degree in accounting at Kyambogo university. He is the business guy. Finalising with the business plan and necessary legal documents. Alele Jeziel - currently doing graphics design for Takan. He is the creative. He is helping design the 3D models of the medical equipment. He is also learning java programming so as to have another programmer on board. Innocent Ssemuwemba - currently doing content at Jumai markets. He is also a graphics designer with experience in website design using wordpress. He is currently designing the website for Zaantu as well as incharge of the digital marketing on facebook. Martin Tumwine - Initializer of the medical equipment simulation idea. Holds a diploma in biomedical engineering from kyambogo university. Does both hardware electronics and software design. Currently the lead programmer at Zaantu. Has experience with java, android, php, mysql, css, html programming. Dichiru Zuria - she is assistant lead programmer
Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?Alele Jeziel Karuhanga Tabaro Tumwine Martin Dichiru Zuria