Healthcare in developing nations is a problem just aching for a solution. But it’s a big problem. Chipping away at that predicament is a company called Oscadi.
Oscadi has created a piece of hardware, called Oscult, that allows you to perform an ultrasound by simply plugging their device into an iPad. The company claims that up until now, more than 60 percent of the world does not have easy access to ultrasound machines. This is because ultrasound diagnostic technology is complicated to use and costs thousands of dollars. With Oscult, you don’t necessarily need to be a doctor or a radiologist. Any clinician or EMT can use the device, which pairs with software on an iPad to allow for much deeper functionality.
For example, clinicians can send diagnostic reports via email, or Airdrop, as well as video conference with experts or doctors remotely to determine if the patient needs to go to the hospital or get more advanced care.
Oscult was developed by Olivier Sautron and Thierry Payet, who understand first-hand the limited access that most people have to ultrasound machines. Not only could the Oscult be used by those who live in remote areas or developing countries, but can be used in emergency rescue situations, military medical personnel, and world aid organizations like Doctors Without Borders.
According to the team, more than 80 million ultrasound scans are conducted each year in the United States alone (all of which could theoretically be replaced by Oscult), and many many more necessary scans go uncompleted in third world countries or emergency situations. In other words, the market is pretty damn big.
But to start, the company is testing out Oscult in the veterinary space.
The Oscult goes for $15,000, which sounds expensive but is actually about one-third of the price of a traditional ultrasound diagnostics machine. Hardware sales will obviously be a part of the revenue stream, as well as subscriptions to the Oscult Cloud.
You can learn more about Oscadi and the Oscult right here.