In 2011, Beth Kolko had an epiphany. At the time, she’d been working with a team of researchers on a project that delivered basic ultrasound technology to midwives in Uganda and Kenya. The idea, one of many she worked on as a professor at the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, was simple: create an easier way to monitor an individual's health. Midwives and nurses could be trained on the system in minutes. This low-cost, easy-to-use device, Kolko thought, was a product worth commercializing.
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