Medical Device Services

CAPE's services to medical device developers are designed to facilitate device design and usability testing in a highly controlled environment that presents no risk to real patients. Simulation-based testing speeds time to market by enabling a robust exploration of human factors and systems design issues.

The team at CAPE has worked with a number of industry, faculty and trainee entrepreneurs to assess the utility and safety of their devices prior to large-scale implementation within the operational clinical environment.

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FetalSim was conceived and designed in collaboration with Advanced Medical Simulations, Inc.  As a software-based tool, it was designed to drive actual fetal monitors with realistic uterine contractions and fetal heart rate tracings.  The internal physiologic models at the core of FetalSim have been incorporated into Laerdal's full body birthing simulator known as SimMom.





NeoCue System

Peter Coelho, M.D. is a family practice physician from Hollister, California who drew on his own experiences in the delivery room and invented the NeoCue System, a monitoring and decision support tool for neonatal resuscitation. This is the first tool created for guiding healthcare professionals through the resuscitation of a critically ill newborn.  Supported by the Fogarty Institute of Innovation, Dr. Coelho worked with the team at CAPE to recruit focus groups of healthcare professionals for feedback on the device and to design and conduct a study of the effect of the device on clinical decision-making during simulated neonatal resuscitation.  Through an iterative process and research protocol support from CAPE's faculty, Dr. Coelho completed the preliminary research and design for this novel tool.




AdaptAir is a simple and affordable nasal interface that delivers life-sustaining oxygen therapy to children in the developing world who suffer from respiratory illnesses.  The creators of AdaptAir originated their idea during Stanford's D.School class Design for Extreme AffordabilityThe student team tested the design of the nasal interface by delivering pressurized gas through the interface on patient simulators at CAPE.  AdaptAir won the Core77 Design Award 2012 in the Social Impact Student Category for its ability to deliver effective pneumonia therapy to the developing world.