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Keywords related to the available technology.
Healthcare Nursing Disability aid

The Qbell™ is a simple press device that enables patients with motor and physical disabilities to get the attention of healthcare staff with ease.

Relevant intellectual property protection in place for this technology.
What is the technology owner looking for? E.g. collaboration, investment, sales, etc.
Collaboration Distribution Investment Joint venture Partnership Sales
Brief description of the technology’s market need.

Patients who have reduced or no hand/arm function due to hand injuries, spinal injuries, amputations or hand tremors are unable to use the existing nurse-call buttons to get the attention of the healthcare staff in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and frail care centres.

Brief description of the technology’s benefits.

The Qbell™ has the potential to positively improve the healthcare experience of people with severe motor and physical disabilities.

The attributes of the technology that makes it unique.

Qbell™ is an alternative nurse-call button that can be operated using the patient’s palm, chin, foot or other part of the body.

The main idea behind the technology is described.

QSystems SA (Pty) Ltd CEO, Heinrich Williams, had to adapt to life in a wheelchair after contracting a bacterial infection which resulted in an abscess pressing against his spinal cord. Williams recognised a need in the market for a nurse-call device that could easily be used by patients with disabilities.

The team and expertise behind the technology.

QSystems SA (Pty) Ltd CEO, Heinrich Williams, BTech Industrial Engineer, Currently busy with MBA, has a diverse technical background in Electrical to Mechanical Engineering.

The technology was developed by an organisation in the following sector(s).
Higher education
The industry(s) relevant to the technology. Which industries can benefit from this technology?
Health and social work
The technology area relevant to the technology.
The Technology Readiness Level of the available technology. For more information on the Technology Readiness Levels, please follow the link: Technology Readiness Levels
TRL 6: Experimental testing in real-world setting
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