Team Member(s): Eric Beckelhymer, Felicia Canipe, Shima Habibollahzadeh. Josh Liebowitz, Saumitra Sinha Ray, Christopher Silva
Class Year: 2016
The MEDLife Technologies team developed a technology, the Natria System, capable of improving sodium monitoring for neurocritical care patients. Current problems with the gold standard are mislabeling and lost samples, long lead times to read the samples, and over/under correction resulting in adverse events. This team identified a need to improve sodium monitoring by allowing the measurements to be performed in a patient’s room, at the bedside, via an ion specific sensor. The Natria System will reduce ICU admissions, prevent secondary brain injuries, reduce blood transfusions, reduce length of stay and decrease nurse workload. Upon adopting the Natria System, hospitals could increase their margins and prevent negative revenues since Natria can prevent secondary injuries from occurring. Currently, MedLife Technologies is trying to establish commercial potential through a health economics study which will also publicize their device in the arterial line space.
Project Mentor(s): Prem Kandiah, M.D.