No more risk of acquiring infections in hospitals

Auto sterilization of elevators, consultation rooms and other hotspots in hospitals after every patient visit.
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Validated by Doctors

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Grant Awardee

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ICMR-CSIO Certified

Design Brief

With the pandemic, the hospital situation was suffering from a systemic collapse. In this junction, there was a requirement for reducing the risk of infection to the healthcare workers.

 

The current solutions such as disinfections and fumigation were ineffective when it comes to frequently used spaces

Roles

Co-founder/ Product Leadership in a team of 4 designers and 3 technicians

New Product Development (UVfy) scaling from 0 to 5 installations across hospitals

Translating user insights to product features through 5+ design tests

Solution

A UV-C enabled hand rail steriliser that automatically disinfects confined spaces within hospitals such as elevators.

The product automatically disinfects spaces when the space is less occupied.

Duration

1.5 years (2020 - Present)

Credits

Krishna Thiruvengadam (Co-founder)
Deepika (Co-founder)
Vivek Devaraj (Co-founder)

Sameer Mallik (Co-founder)

What if you come to visit the hospital for a regular health checkup and end up getting hospitalized for acquiring some other infection?

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One in four COVID cases were caught by hospital inpatients initially admitted for other reasons

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Problem Statement

With the pandemic, the hospital situation was suffering from a systemic collapse. In this junction, there was a requirement for reducing the risk of infection to the healthcare workers.

UVfy, a smart handrail that auto-sterilizes confined spaces within five minutes in the absence of humans and pets.

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UVFY

How does UVfy work in context?

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Control system tracking human
presence
Visitors coming out of the lift
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Lift might be contaminated after usage
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UVfy scans the lift and disinfects in absence
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The lift is now rendered safe for other visitors to use
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Safer virus free rides for visitors
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The system automatically scouts for a time interval for the disinfection to happen.

 

Along with this, the managing directors are provided with access to the dashboard which has specific information on the timings where disinfection occured. This provides them with the ‘proof of work’.

Automatic Disinfection of Elevators

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UVfy, a smart handrail that auto-sterilizes confined spaces within five minutes in the absence of humans and pets.

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AI Control system

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Real time monitoring

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Elegant steel finish

Uniform illumination

Seamless
flush mount

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High UV dosage

Tested by ICMR empaneled lab

IMPROVE
ALGORITHM

KNOWLEDGE LOOP
ONE

KNOWLEDGE LOOP
TWO

KNOWLEDGE LOOP
THREE

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GO-TO MARKET STRATEGY
IDEATION FOR DISINFECTING
SHARED CONFINED SPACES
UV-C LAMP 
DESIGN
CUSTOMER
RESPONSE
WEBSITE REDESIGN
FIVE HOSPITALS ACROSS
SOUTH INDIA
ADDING MORE
REDUNDANCY
TESTING THROUGH 
SOFTWARE SIMULATIONS
GIGAMAP
REDESIGN PRODUCT
SPECS FOR HOSPITALS
IMPROVING PRODUCT
ACCURACY
SAFETY CHECK
OF SENSORS IN HOSPITALS
URGENT NEED FOR 
TACKLING INFECTIONS
TIE-UPS WITH
LIFT COMPANIES
APP AS A SERVICE
PROVIDER
FUNCTIONAL
PROTOTYPE TESTING
SAFETY CERTIFICATES
FOR HOSPITALS
CONTEXT
EXPLORATION
PILOTS IN
HOSPITALS
GOVT BOARD
APPROVAL
USERS WANT MORE
PROOF OF SAFETY
FIRST SALE OF THE 
PRODUCT UVFY
PIR SENSOR 
SAFETY CHECK
CSIO (INDIA)
APPROVAL
MICROBIOLOGY
TEST SUCCESSFUL

BUSINESS

DESIGN

TECHNOLOGY

Design Process

Unlike a conventional double diamond design process, we followed a double helix process having multiple iterations as the problem and solution co-evolved owing to the dynamic nature of the pandemic

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Systems Design

After narrowing our focus to hospitals, we started realizing the complexities in the healthcare space.

 

The solutions had to be more systemic. You not only had to design for the patient but also take into account the doctors, management staff, infection control nurses etc.

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Concept Development

We developed various configurations of hand rails and tested for its ability to disinfect an elevator.

 

We had to adjust for the tradeoff between structural stability and the ability for disinfection and tried out various models.

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The final configuration for the handrail was chosen based on simulation testing and the program of requirements.

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Prototyping

Alpha prototypes designed and deployed in hospitals, hotels and universities as pilots for feedback

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Pilot Testing and Validation

Of course, hospitals are not the only segment having elevators, right?

 

Gaining insights from 120+ stakeholders, we tested our product through pilots in hotels, universities, hospitals.

 

These paid pilots acted as 'proof-of-work' helping us validate and land our first client :)

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Market Validation

Business (viability), Design (desirability) as well as Engineering (feasibility) had to go hand in hand for us to make crucial decisions for the company.

 

Along these lines, pricing strategy, revenue models, target segmentation etc came in handy to balance tech with business.

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Iteration through Feedback

We ended up iterating multiple times on our pitch, market, customers, product features etc.

 

This was made possible through a system to integrate the feedback and translate them into actionable steps for the company.

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Business Model

The value proposition we provided for our customers was through REDUCED patient stay and REDUCED staff absenteeism through REDUCED infections.

 

This was communicated in a consistent form through websites, brochures, lab test reports etc. Everything had to speak the same language.

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Design for Manufacturability

Designing for manufacturability, we had to make it easier for the service engineers to install our product in hospitals.

 

So we got back to the drawing-room and made an IKEA-style installation manual to make it easier for third parties (distributors, service engineers etc)

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If we have to go with the numbers, we have so far been able to reduce the risk of acquiring infections for more than 100+ healthcare workers as well as 3000+ patients every day (and counting)

 

There have been a lot of struggles, up and down, but this vision has kept us afloat. To follow our