Hemics develops and supplies medical systems in the field of rheumatoid arthritis. The hand scanner is a diagnostic system that measures the circulation around the hand and wrist joints in a non-invasive manner using light. This allows the system to infer the degree to which the tissue is inflamed. The system thus replaces activities of the rheumatologist. Currently, a rheumatologist uses a method where each joint is squeezed to feel, as a result of which patients can be more often monitored. In this manner, medication use can be better coordinated with the development of the illness in the patient, so that overmedication can be prevented.
D’Andrea and Evers has developed the system in collaboration with Demcon and has made it ready for production. In this process, Demcon has developed the interior works and D&E the casing. Good coordination of the work activities has led to a short turn-around time and a nice end result.
The design of the hand scanner provides a recognizable form for the product which fits in the world of medical systems. The form is clear and thereby engenders trust in the patient and the care giver. It fits within the office design of a treatment room but remains clearly a medical system. The construction of the system is cost-effective and can be easily assembled and serviced.