BME100 f2017:Group3 W0800 L1
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In the United States today, approximately thirty million people have diabetes, a number that has grown by three million people in the past 7 years, and will continue to grow in the future. Being diagnosed with diabetes comes with several potential health complications, including vision loss, kidney failure, heart disease, amputation of toes, feet, or legs, stroke, and premature death ("Diabetes Latest", 2014). Twelve million of these diagnosed diabetic patients are elderly, making it increasingly hard for them to attend out-of-home doctors appointments and checkups ("Statistics About Diabetes"). In general, no one really enjoys going to the doctor for a check up, as necessary as it is, and doctors appointments are often costly no matter the length of time, procedure, or treatment a patient is in for. After adjusting for population age and sex differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes ("Statistics About Diabetes"). Building off of the current blood sugar check that many diabetics give themselves, creating a machine that would test everything doctors look for in diabetics when they go in for check-ups, including blood pressure, weight, calluses, infections, sores, or peripheral neuropathy of the feet, eye exams, and more, would not only allow the elderly the comfort and convenience of a personal in-home check up, but would also prevent many others from having to go to the doctor's office in the first place ("Diabetes - tests and checkups").
20 Customers ("Type 2 diabetes", 2017) ("Your Health Care Team")
1. CVS Pharmacy- Sell product at retail price
2. Walgreens- Sell product at retail price
3. Middle age diabetic men/women
4. Elderly diabetic women/men
5. Adolescent/Preteen male/female
6. St. Joseph’s Hospital (Phoenix)
7. St. Luke’s Hospital (Tempe)
8. Certified Diabetes Educator- (Dignity Health Medical Group)
9. Podiatrist- (Dr. Jess P. Price) Office Number - (480) 292-9604
10. Ophthalmologist- (Dr. Kilpatrick Dennis) Office Number - (480) 994-1872
11. Endocrinologist-(Dr. Krishna M. Pinnamaneni) Office Number - (480) 838-7519
12. Pediatrician- (Dr. John D. Holmes) Office Number - (480) 900-6957
13. Family Medicine Doctor- (Dr. Elissa B. Gartenberg) Office Number - (602) 363-1631
14. Internal Medicine Doctor- (Dr. Stanford S. Ho) Office Number - (480) 965-3346
15. Nurse Practitioner
16. Physicians Assistants
17. American Diabetes Association
18. In-home nurses for elderly
19. Exercise Psychologist- (Arizona Psychological Association) Office Number - (480) 675-9477
20. Mayo Clinic
+ First to market gives it an advantage to the rest.
+ Easy to understand and simple to use.
+ Connects with health care providers
- Product does not provide any innovation, it just gives people with diabetes an alternative glucose monitoring service.
Fundability Worksheet Scores
2 - We are mainly going against that one group; however, even then we have other aspects that beat that group.
3- The setup we have should not infringe on anyone’s patents. We are working on putting together an entire kit for it.