The Product Development Technology Station (PDTS), based at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein, will be showcasing how Central South Africa is leading the charge in innovative product solutions for the healthcare system.
The country is currently faced with high volumes of imports of medical devices and government has addressed this by putting mechanisms in place. PDTS, based at the CUT in Bloemfontein, helps to produce South African medical devices to solve local healthcare issues.
PDTSs close out of the medical device fund at CUT and launch of the Qcare, a hospital bed management system, will be held at the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein on Thursday 10 October 2019.
In 2017 the Technology Innovation Agency funded the PDTS to look at ten healthcare problems and from this seven commercially ready medical devices were developed. This included devices used for Sensory Integration (SI) such as the SI roller, the transferring of patients and even and a wheelchair that improves rural mobility.
The devices will be exhibited and one of them, the Qcare system, officially launched at Pelonomi Hospital. It not only improves the bed management system, but assists patients with reduced motor function who do not have the dexterity necessary to call for assistance.