A British couple are revolutionising UK healthcare by 3D-printing custom orthotics to reduce the amount of time and improve the quality of care that children with disabilities experience.
Naveed and Samiya Parvez are behind Andiamo, a startup that aims to reduce the waiting periods disabled children have to endure before they can receive orthotics – such as artificial limbs or equipment to improve their posture and mobility – from 13 weeks down to just 48 hours.
There are currently 1.9 million people who go through the NHS orthotics service annually and while the number of patients is growing by 4-6% per year, there are only 450 qualified orthotists in the UK. “The quality of service is decreasing as orthotists are being retired but they’re not being replaced quickly enough,” Samiya told IBTimes UK.
There are 100 million orthotics users worldwide and the equipment is used to help treat myriad medical conditions including spina bifida, stroke, diabetes, obesity and the side-effects of chemotherapy. … (Read more)