Think big. Think small. Healthcare is a hotspot for innovation. And disruptive technologies. Going back to the paper who started this kind of thinking you will meet Clayton Christensen – The Innovator’s Dilemma (first edition 1997).
Now to South Africa. There is a factory in King William’s Town. And there are offices in Knaresborough and Daventry in the UK as well as one in Singapore. It’s the Ranger Production Company
Their product: the eRanger. International distribution started already.
The basic healthcare product is the eRanger Ambulance above. A motorbike sidecar. Disruptive to the bone.
1 minute+ video about the eRanger, focus on bringing pregnant women from rural areas quickly to healthcare centres, hospitals.
1 minute+ video about the Malawi Adption of eRanger – project Safe Motherhood.
But there is even more disruption. The eRanger Mobile Clinic (Factsheet PDF here).
A bonsai-hospital, a clinic on three wheels. Primary healthcare in a robust packaging, going the last mile where high technology cannot reach patients. At a fraction of the costs of a 4-wheel-drive ambulance the eRanger Mobile Clinic arrives fast, opens after a few minutes of installation and provides these services:
– Post natal checks
– Sputum collection (respiratory disease diagnosis)
– Drug Distribution such as anti retro viral
– White blood cell monitoring
The medical staff of two provide in the 3 m2 canopy shelter:
Built in sink, safe needles, scales for babies, infants and adults, two fold-up chairs, electric power socket, 2o litres clean water, otoscope, an opthalmoscope, a digital infra-red non contact thermometer, a duel head stethoscope, an aneroid sphygmanometer and more. The white blood cell monitor is an option.
The bike: JH 200 L (JiaLing)
“The light but strong structure ensures the power to weight ratio is optimal for both handling and passenger comfort. The size of the engine, while relatively small, does not compromise the all terrain ability of the vehicles.”
The case studies reflect the ongoing success of that disruptive innovation in now 16 countries. And growing; Sudan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Southern Ethiopia, Uganda… When impressive spirits take care about rural healthcare.
News about the constant development of the eRanger product at The Ranger Production Company.
As motorbiker myself i am fascinated about that mini hospital solution. And about the “who we are” as well – Patron Nelson Mandela, Sponsor HRH Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, the chairman Robert Deacon Elliott and all the others involved.
Well done, an inspiration with a Vroom. Drive safe, congrats to your invention for better healthcare.