Jay’s mother has worked in long term care for over 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 saw his mother constantly burn out due to high stress and even injure herself when lifting and moving residents. Using his analytical mindset, Jay 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.
As Jay volunteered, he observed patterns of discomfort amongst patients while suspended by lifts and slings, and found the process to be undignified. To learn more about the issue, Jay built on his primary research, and shockingly discovered that the technology used to lift patients was the same used to lift engines out of cars. Caregivers suffered from back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries from the high degree of physical manipulation and exertion involved in patient transfer. Jay was ready to change this.
After graduating, Jay began working in the solar industry where he met Philip Chang. They were both passionate about robotics and using technology for good. While working together, Philip was hospitalized for an acute illness for extended periods of time. Often heavily sedated, Phil required assistance to be moved. Phil needed help being transferred between beds, stretchers and tables countless times. He usually waited prolonged periods of time for enough staff to move him with a transfer sheet or board, surprised by how inefficient the process was. Like Jay, Phil saw the repetitive physical strain experienced by staff and wanted to do something about it.
Over the next few years, Jay and Phil grew connected through their shared understanding of the painful yet vital task of patient transfer. Their work as colleagues, then business partners, helped bring cutting-edge technologies to fruition and commercialization. Jay and Phil viewed patient transfer as an automation opportunity. Jay first founded Able Innovations in 2018, intending to automate transfers in all settings. Soon after, Phil joined Jay to develop the long-term roadmap to generating impactful products and platforms. Their first mission: solve the problem of lateral supine transfer in hospitals with the ALTA Platform™.
The Executive 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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