You Have The Power to Influence the Medical Device Industry
with Meghan Alonso and Imua Services.
When I was growing up, two members of my immediate family had major back surgeries. After each surgery, we had a hospital bed installed in our living room and all kinds of medical devices both on their bodies and in our house. As a teenager, I had my own knee surgery. When my own daughter was three she was diagnosed with a rare white blood cell disorder and had to have a feeding tube installed. Most of my personal experience of medical devices has been either as the end user, or as a caregiver for an end user. During all of those situations, there have been a number of times when I thought, why on earth would they make it that way? It makes it so much harder, or that doesn’t make sense. Why wouldn’t they just do it this other way that would make all of our lives so much easier! Other than complaining to a doctor, a nurse or a hospital administrator, it never occurred to me that I could possibly have any power to influence the makers of medical devices in any way.
Luckily, Meghan Alonso thinks differently. Meghan has had plenty of personal experience with medical devices herself. She was born with a folded retina which eventually resulted in its removal and replacement with a prosthetic eye. She was also born with an extra vertebra in her back which caused scoliosis, disk herniations, and a tilted pelvis among others and required surgery and an eventual hip replacement. But Meghan didn’t let that slow her down- she excelled in both gymnastics and surfing. She even managed to fulfill one of her childhood dreams of dancing on TV when she was part of the Ooh La La salsa dancing troupe and toured all over Europe and the United States, and then was part America’s Got Talent, Season 6. She also earned her master’s degree in Exercise Science and worked for an orthopedic rehab facility where she was exposed to many medical devices. Eventually, this led to her striking out on her own to start the company, Imua Services, in 2015 which helps people get their brilliant medical device ideas to market.
Imua is a Hawaiian word that roughly translates to mean “to advance forward with passion despite rough waves”. Meghan certainly embodies this phrase in her own life and work and wants to help others to do the same. To hear our entire conversation about how she and her company can help both entrepreneurs and ordinary people get their medical device ideas to market, listen in here. If you want to find out more about Imua services you can find the website here.