They developed a sensor patch that measures body liquid balance.
Mode Sensors was established by three students of the NTNU school of entrepreneurship in 2016. Initially, there were three students on the team. Today the team counts nine people and plans to hire five more. The company has already developed a working prototype, which is soon going to be a working system oriented towards online monitoring of the elderly population towards preventing of dehydration. It has also extensive collaboration with several municipalities in both Norway and Denmark.
The company has begun to start with an existing problem, mainly known as dehydration. As with age the sensation of thirst diminishes, many elderly people become susceptible to various diseases. Today, there exist no good methods for monitoring of the level of hydration outside of clinical environments. In case a human body becomes dehydrated, it results in increasing risk of unnecessary health complications, including kidney syndromes, stroke and generally reduced quality of life. For health case system this means high demand for availability of qualified personnel and costs.
This is what triggers Mode Sensors. In contrary to many companies that starts with technology, which is challenging but lacks application, Mode Sensors started with a challenging problem to solve and followed with identifying the technology solution.
The goal for the solution is to enable more elderly people stay at home instead of being hospitalized. Today’s methods assume usage of pen and paper forms that take time to fill and are inaccurate. Mode Sensors plans to create a disposable sensor patch, which will continuously inform the health personnel about the hydration status of each patient.
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