Jay’s mother has worked in long term care for two decades. Through her, Jay began volunteering in long term care homes. He befriended residents and heard their stories and struggles firsthand. At the same time, he witnessed his mother repeatedly burn out due to the high stress and even injure herself when lifting and moving residents. Having an analytical mindset, he focused on the equipment and methods of transfers that resulted in chronic injury and pain for many. What he learned surprised him; not a single person, patient, resident, staff or administrator, liked current methods – they simply accepted the status quo.
Jay also witnessed individuals suspended by lifts and slings – the residents were uncomfortable, and it did nothing to restore their dignity. Further, due to the high degree of physical manipulation and exertion when inserting slings under residents, staff were constantly suffering from back pain and other musculoskeletal (MSD) injuries. Some further research showed that the technology used to lift patients was the same technology used to lift engines out of cars. He felt like something had to be done.
A few years later, Jay began working in the solar industry where he met Philip Chang. They both had a passion for robotics and using technology for good. While they were working together, Philip had to be hospitalized for an acute illness. He spent extended periods of time at the hospital, often heavily sedated, and required assistance to be moved. He needed help to be transferred between beds, stretchers and tables numerous times and this was an experience that left him feeling very uncomfortable. He was surprised at how inefficient the task of transfer was. He often had to wait for prolonged periods of time so that enough staff were available to transfer him using a transfer sheet or board. In addition, he saw the physical strain the staff experienced, time and time again.
Over the next few years, as Phil and Jay worked as colleagues and then business partners to help bring cutting-edge technologies to fruition and commercialization, a bond they shared was their understanding of the painful yet vital task of transfers. It dawned on them that transfers, as a highly labor-intensive and repetitive task, presented an automation opportunity. Jay founded Able Innovations in 2018, intending to automate transfers in all settings, and Phil joined him soon after. Since then, Able Innovations has developed a long-term roadmap to generating impactful products and platforms. They are starting with solving the problem of lateral supine transfers in hospitals with the ALTA platform.
The Able Team
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Phil is a Professional Engineer with over 10 years of experience in product development. Formerly the VP of Engineering at Morgan Solar, Phil brings expertise in supply chain optimization, and IP protection. Constantly keeping a keen eye on innovative technologies and their potential for positive impact, Phil joined Able Innovations for the opportunity to work at the forefront of human-robot interaction in healthcare.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jay has amassed a decade of experience working in product development at all levels in tech start-ups, taking products from ideation to commercialization. He first encountered the problem of patient transfer while volunteering in retirement homes during his youth. Always passionate about improving welfare through technology, Jay founded Able Innovations to realize his vision of comfortable and dignified quality of life for those with restricted mobility.
OPERATIONS & BUSINESS
Prateek leads Operations and Strategy at Able Innovations. Prateek has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management with a bachelor’s in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology. Previously, Prateek has worked in multiple sectors where he led operations & project planning to improve client outcomes.
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