HP’s inkjet technology comes to home dialysis


No, you did not misread that title.  Hewlett-Packard has licensed parts of it’s inkjet technology to a company called Home Dialysis Plus.  The technology centers around HP’s fluid management used in it’s inkjet printers.  The technology measures ink and water mixtures that are then sent through the printer to paper.  In the dialysis machine, it will mix water with a concentrate of dialysis solution that is tailored to the patient.  The system also uses a loading system similar to what you would see in a printer.

Having had a family member endure this process three times a week, no matter how they felt and no matter the weather, I certainly hope that this company succeeds and I hope that HP licensed the technology affordably.  The home product is still a year and a half away, at least, so it is not something that can be bought today.  When it is available though, I think it will be a success.  I know that my late father in law would have loved to have had this device.  Having to plan one’s life around getting a dialysis treatment became a drag.  Going on vacation was chore since he had to make arrangements well in advance.  And then there were the days that he was sick, but still had to get up and go. Fortunately for him, there was a treatment center nearby. Like he wisely told me once, you do what you have to do.

This is one of the most exciting things I’ve seen in a long time.  Contrary to my last post (Where’s the innovation?) this is truly innovative and I’m happy to have been proven wrong.


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