Startup RistCall was founded August 2014 in Philadelphia,

and recently completed Memphis Bioworks’ Zero to 510 medical device accelerator. Founder and CEO Srinath Vaddepally describes Ristcall as a game-changing technology, to disrupt the current nurse call button system found in hospitals and nursing homes. Ristcall has a software and a hardware component – – the hardware is a wifi-capable smart watch which patients use to call their nurse with specific requests about their needs, and the software helps nurses prioritize which patients to see first, as well as allowing hospital administrators to monitor data and improve quality at hospitals.

A few summers ago, Vaddepally was hospitalized with severe abdominal pain. “It was five in the morning, I couldn’t reach the call button and I fell. I pulled the card and no one showed up for 20 minutes. When the nurse came, I realized she didn’t know how long I had been waiting or why I called,” he said. After working in academia, engineering, and through healthcare fellowships, Vaddepally came up with the concept for Ristcall.

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