Matrix, a FemTech innovator based in the UK, has been granted £5,000 by Get It Made, a London-based manufacturing expert, to expedite the testing of a revolutionary AI-powered diagnostic device. The device aims to modernise “archaic” gynaecological procedures, with the potential to eliminate the use of speculums. Matrix is a digitally enabled, AI-supported pelvic assessment and diagnosis tool designed for self-application so that patients can take charge of the experience. Patients will be able to conduct a digital examination themselves and take a swab for specimen collection, before receiving the results of their test via an app. The patient will become the carrier of their own personal clinical information, enabling long-term data gathering and follow up. The device has the potential to enhance medical engagement with life-saving gynaecological appointments and hasten diagnosis.
Stiliyana Minkovska, the Founder and CEO of Matrix, reported that the grant will facilitate the production of multiple prototypes that can be distributed to potential early adopters and users, such as OBGYNs, nurses, GPs and other specialist practitioners. Matrix’s long-term ambition of making the device available in underdeveloped countries where women don’t have access to basic healthcare has been supported by this grant.
According to a recent medical report, 30% of women experience severe reproductive health problems, yet less than half of women seek the necessary medical attention, and 33% of global female diseases are related to sexual and reproductive ill-health.
Luke Smoothy, Founder and Director of Get It Made, declared that the company is happy to be supporting a project that empowers women and provides female-friendly healthcare services. By offering their state-of-the-art manufacturing services, Get It Made can support the numerous benefits the Matrix device offers, including identifying health concerns and illnesses much faster and avoiding impersonal investigations that may discourage female patients from seeking medical help. Dr John Horton, Practice Director at NHS Park End Surgery, Hampstead, shared his thoughts on the Matrix device, describing it as a tool that can radically alter healthcare by significantly improving patient dignity and privacy.
In conclusion, Matrix’s AI-powered diagnostic device has garnered global support from manufacturers, healthcare institutions, and the FemTech sector, with the potential to revolutionize women’s healthcare around the world.