Innovation Intermediation and Emerging Medical Devices - The Lead-User Method in Practice

Brian O'Flaherty (Department of Business Information Systems, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland), John O’Donoghue (Department of Business Information Systems, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland) and Joe Bogue (Department of Food Business & Development, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 37
EISBN13: 9781466661110|DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2013070102
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This case study explores the application of the Lead-user method in the development of medical applications based on Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technology by three independent research teams. The study also reflects on the role of student teams as Innovation Intermediaries (Howells, 2006; O’Flaherty, et al. 2013) and as a resource for discovering new medical devices. This exercise produced surprising results, with the emergence of diverse WSN technology product concepts applied to Geriatric Falls Detection & Analysis, Sport Cardiac Screening and Critical Care Vital signs within accident and emergency environments. This case highlights the segmented nature of medical areas and the difficulty in applying a generic WSN technology to meet the functional requirements of the broader individual medical domains. It questions the appropriateness of applying ‘total’ highly functional technologies broadly across highly specialised niche medical areas.
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