Disruptive Innovation in Health Care By Steve Tumilty

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Project 2017-08-25 11:16:11 +1200

Steve Tumilty is a Registered Physiotherapy Specialist (Musculoskeletal) and one of the few clinician-scientists in Physiotherapy World-wide. He is an experienced researcher and enjoys pushing the boundaries of new knowledge in health care. He has contributed over 70 article and conference presentation to the musculoskeltal injury knowledge base, and has won awards at many conferences. To give clincians the confidence to make better decisions using infrared thermography, a solid research base has to be established. Unfortunately government funding for new ideas such as this is scarce and difficult to come by. 

Please help him buy an Infrared Thermography Camera to build up a body of evidence to convince government funding agencies to fund larger and more robust trials into the use of this technology in health care.

Physiological processes in the body become active often prior to an injury becoming painful. These processes can cause changes in skin temperature over the affected structure.

Medical infrared thermography provides a non-invasive and non-radiating analysis tool for analysing physiological functions related to the control of skin-temperature. An injury is often related with variations in blood flow and these in turn can affect the skin temperature. Inflammation leads to rise in temperature, whereas degeneration, reduced muscular activity and poor blood flow may cause a decrease in temperature. In fact, a cold skin pattern around ankle sprains indicates a poor prognosis and a long recovery time. 

This technology can fill a need for personalised medicine to better screen for, prevent and manage injury and disease on an individual basis.

Government research funding is finite and is aligned with government priorities. This makes it very difficult to explore new avenues of research without a significant body of evidence to support future investigations. Help me build up a body of evidence to convince government funding bodies to invest in more efficient management of illness or injury.

Planned research:

Study 1 – Establishing “what is normal temperature” of an area?

Study 2 – Adjunct diagnostic tool – screen athletes throughout a season (runners, rugby players, soccer players etc)

Study 3 – Relationship between skin temperature and state of the autonomic nervous system

Study 4 - Heating for health in arterial disease.

Study 5 - Do cold feet prevent sleep?


Any surplus money raised from donations will go towards completion of the projects listed above.


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    08:11AM Fri 15/09/17 on Disruptive Innovation in Health Care

    Thank you to all the people that are retweeting my project, and to those of you who have asked teh question...

    I am seeking funds for my own research programme and doing this as an individual. Donors/pledgers will be supporting me to conduct investigations into the use of infrared thermography for the management of any conditions allied health practitioners may deal with on a day to day basis.

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      2017-09-20 12:34:26 +1200

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      Augustine Joshua
      2017-09-20 09:20:00 +1200

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      “All the best!”

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      Jane Scoular
      2017-09-19 19:30:49 +1200

      Jane Scoular has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “Thanks Steve for your hard work and enthusiasm. You're totally right that as physios we need to be more proactive.”

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      2017-09-15 12:51:49 +1200

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      Kesava has pledged on 1 campaign

      “Truly inspiring of you to do this Steve. My best wishes for your future projects. ”

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