Electromedical device development

Background

Over the last 4-5 years, we have undertaken a small-scale research and development project of novel electromedical devices. This project started, and has developed out of the unique requirements of the Clinic, which are in turn prompted from the desired and clinically necessary outcomes we aim for together with our patients.

As, incrementally, we gained experience and have met with increasing clinical challenges, so the electromedical devices that we found would be needed for various applications, step by step, gradually become clear.

The automatic action, was to source these imagined devices from wherever necessary; in very limited scope we did this. However, as far as our research discovered, in most cases, most of these imagined devices were not presently manufactured anywhere in the world; and so we began very slowly to manufacture them ‘in-house’ as prototype devices.

This ‘manufacturing’ process began by purchasing existing electromedical devices, and modifying them to fit our requirements.

A very early example of a novel application of electro-stimulation, was of extended (hours/days/weeks) continuous stimulation of an ‘acupuncture’ point, for a specific clinical outcome aim [see photo below].

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To some extent, with some applications, this was partially successful. However, with increasing experience and evaluation, we found that these hybrid modified devices were still very insufficient and/or did not meet our needs at all. Therefore, we began to design and develop novel equipment from scratch; and this small-scale research and development project is an ongoing feature of the Clinic.

Concurrent medical practice

A special feature of this project, is that it is an ongoing development of our highly specialized electromedical practice. The clinical findings that are made within the course of our clinical practice, are fed into the design concept and specifications of the electromedical devices we have and/or are developing. This is a unique back and forth process of research and development, which is both continuous and very fruitful.

Clinical results

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As an example of the utility and clinical results obtained with early prototypes of one novel electro-stimulator, please see this page.

The future

Beginning in 2014, as the scope of the device development side of the project grew, now including applications for electro-acupuncture, silver iontophoresis, and electromedically enhanced tissue healing and regeneration, design and manufacture was ‘handed’ to SIS Manufacturing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia, in order to eventually produce electro-medical equipment for both human and veterinary use; and also to explore the possibilities for improving the delivery of emergency medical aid in the most challenging circumstances such as humanitarian crisis situations.

As of 2016, the project has passed on to SIS Manufacturing Ltd, New Zealand, for final development and production, in conjunction with R&D from Elemental Electronics Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Australia.

The first device planned for production in 2015 is the world’s first dedicated and portable silver iontophoresis stimulator (SIS).

[Note as of 2016] One year later than planned, the SIS machines are commercially available.