Patient Care System Development Cost
YouCOMM LLC is aiming to raise $5K to complete funding of the 22K required by our R&D expenses. Once complete we will be performing market trials of our device, the YouCOMM Bed M8, These future trials would consist of 3 parallel studies conducted at 3 Connecticut institutions, a large scale hospital, a children's hospital and a rehabilitation facility.
A small contribution of just $3 can help us increase the quality of care for patients in Connecticut and beyond
Our Product In 3 Sentences...
YouCOMM is a cost-effective solution addressing many well documented and largely unmet issues with current healthcare communication systems. With YouCOMM, patients can communicate in a hands-free manner (by voice or head movement), nurses will provide more efficient care due to need based prioritization, and administrators will see increased patient satisfaction leading to better HCAHPS (patient satisfaction scores) responses and obtain favorable reimbursement rates. This proposal is a request for funding for a multicenter trial across three healthcare facilities in Connecticut with the goal of establishing the effectiveness and efficacy of our device.
Above: A patient using our original prototype in our highly successful pilot trial at UConn
See our original prototype working here: Watch Video!
Above: YouCOMM Bed M8 (Generation 2) user interface to be tested in the trials
Within most hospital environments, communication is almost exclusively run by the utilization of some form of a call bell system. A survey of hospital nurses found that 53% felt the call bell system prevented or complicated critical aspects of their work, as nurses do not have a clear identification of what the need may be until they get to the patient’s room. Patients are also unsatisfied with current systems due to long wait times in getting their calls answered and having a lack of follow through with requests. Call bell systems are also particularly challenging to patients with motor impairments and those with multiple intravenous therapy (IVs) who may therefore be hindered by the ability to use such systems.
Our solution is a patient bedside communication tablet application that provides patients and nurses specificity. What really sets our system apart is that the application has the ability to be used hands-free through voice activation, opening access to those patients at the greatest risk, as the third most common use of a call bell system are from patients who have problems with IVs. Such patients are known to have hindered movements and this lack of communication ability poses high risks. By allowing this population segment to quickly send messages and receive help, safety will be improved as it has been shown that longer response times are directly correlated with the increased risk of patient falls and decreased satisfaction. By providing effective communication to a wider range of patients, health disparities will be reduced and more efficient care will ultimately be provided, yielding in better HCAPHS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System) at the respective facility.
The YouCOMM Bed M8 is additionally able to track valuable data on how it is used, including the specific needs indicated by patients and the corresponding staff member response times. If further provides live updates on patient satisfaction throughout each floor, department of facility on a daily basis. These capabilities are an important step towards enabling a technologically evolved “smart hospital”.
The YouCOMM Bed M8 was designed and developed by two graduate students at the university of Connecticut as was supervised by an Assistant Professor. Learn more here!
This beta version of the YouCOMM M8 device was demonstrated to be highly effective in a small-scale trial conducted in early 2018 at the University of Connecticut’s own Student Health Services in Storrs, CT (Protocol #: H17-306, “Patient Bedside Communication Device”). Results of surveys conducted after this trial (n=30) indicated that 87% of patients agreed or strongly agreed that “The YouCOMM Device Improved Patient Caregiver Communication”, 93% agreed or strongly agreed that “The YouCOMM Device Should be Used Again”, and an astounding 100% agreed or strongly agreed “The YouCOMM System was Superior to Systems [they] Have Used or Been Exposed to in the Past”, all which indicate a very high level of satisfaction. The predominant reason for the minor negative feedback received by the team (as indicated in the comments section of several patient surveys) was the inability to adjust screen brightness, an incredibly minor issue that has since been corrected.
After the success of this trial the YouCOMM Team founded YouCOMM LLC. YouCOMM LLC has received 35.5K in grant funding across funding sources including the University of of Connecticut, Yale University, the National Science Foundation, The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
These funds have gone either to Intellectual Property expenses (Patent Protection) or R&D costs, inclusive of those to pay a professional developer (App Inventiv Ltp.) to create a commercializable version of the product based on the initial prototype.
It is this professionally developed version that will be tested in the clinical trials that YOU can help fund.
Help us make these trials a reality so we can bring a better communication system to healthcare facilities taking care of your loved ones.
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