Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Affordable Heathcare

So I finished all the treatments with my Exogen Ultrasound Bone Healing System.  Based on my research, I really believe it did jumpstart my "delayed union".  After the 185th daily dose I got this message on the screen.  Did some digging online and found no information about how to reset the device other than it can't be.  Seems the unit has only been approved by the FDA for that number of uses.  Additional treatments if needed would require a doctor's prescription  and a brand new qizmo.  I called the rep from Bioventus and she said to just throw it away - it won't function any longer (that certainly takes care of any secondary market resale value!).  My new goal in life is to hack this silly little machine, or find someone who can - UK Neil, wanna take a stab at this project?  If anything, I think I could easily rewire the power that lights the screen to a couple of LEDs and make a rechargeable flashlight out of it.  Doesn't seem quite right to simply throw away something my insurance company paid $4500 for.  75,80,60,T,0

9 comments:

Max Willmann said...

It's a BIZZARO world. Common sense is a thing of the past. Sad.

Larry G said...

it's gotta be ObamaCare's fault, right?

everyone knows the private sector wouldn't do something that dumb, right?

;-)

Margery Bills said...

No, you just can't let go of the past and have temporarily bonded with gizmo in your brief, seemingly prolonged, shocking ordeal and the usage of the life-vigorating use of the apparatus. :-) But I would take the little bugger apart and find out what made it tick. After all, $4500.00 is nothing to sneeze at. And for example, if there is a pile of manure in a stable, there certainly must be a pony under all that. A rechargeable flash light would be a very usable item out there.

Dani said...

Planned obsolescence - t'is the cause of growing landfill piles and company mega profits. Recycling, where possible, is the only way to go...

Steve said...

ifixit.org is a great site on how to repair or hack electronics & other stuff. Maybe someone over there could help.

Larry G said...

ya know.. the manufacture probably has a dollar gitzmo that resets it, eh?

neil said...

I would be surprised if you can get it open without destroying it. Why don't we save the shipping costs and I will buy you a flashlight?

John Wells said...

Opening it is not a problem...and the flashlight idea even I can do. I'm looking for someone up to the challenge of figuring out a reset function.

beckerized said...

I'm an Electrical Engineer and might be able to point you in the right direction. However I'd need some high resolution pics of the circuit before I could even venture a guess as to what design they've used to implement the counter and whether a reset of it is at all possible.

If you do end up taking & posting circuit pics online, be sure to post the location as follow-up comment. (I checked "Email follow-up comments to " option for this thread.)