The aim of ORTHOSCOOT is to produce medical aids for those who are limited in their mobility. The aim is to combine medical benefits with modern design and sustainability. The guiding principle of "SAFETY for more MOBILITY" is lived out in every decision.
The international standard ISO 13485:2016 sets new quality management requirements for the design and manufacture of medical devices. The essential content of ISO 13485 focuses on product safety to protect users from risks. This is reflected in the credo of ORTHOSCOOT . With the entry into force of the European Medical Device Regulation MDR (EU) 2017/745, the requirements for manufacturers, products and the corresponding operating and sales processes have been significantly increased, product life cycle long. For this purpose, the processes at ORTHOSCOOT have been optimised to ensure transparency and up-to-dateness at all times.
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ORTHOSCOOT has won the Bavarian Business Founder Award in the "Concepts" category among 300 applicants and is one of the TOP 3 companies in Bavaria.
ORTHOSCOOT GmbH was awarded the honorary prize at the prevention prize of the trade and goods logistics professional association (BGHW) "Goldene Hand" for the self-developed "OS - Aufbereitungs-Desks". The prize "for exemplary measures in occupational safety" was awarded at the national level.
Buying tools and then throwing them in the cellar after use, or even in the rubbish? Unfortunately, this is still the bitter reality of everyday life. Not with ORTHOSCOOT! Since 2014, we have focused on quality, safety, regionality and a resource-saving rental management system.
The ORTHOSCOOT is used in the convalescence phase and is returned after use. Each ORTHOSCOOT then undergoes a certified reprocessing process before being rented out again to the next patient.
Since 2021, we have been operating 100% climate-neutrally in order to live up to our values.
He is one of those who love to get things - and people - moving, to turn ideas into products and products into brands. When Andreas Hertle, a marketing and sales expert from Augsburg, is convinced of something, he really gets stuck in. Like the orthopaedic scooter. The idea of a scooter that quickly gets patients back on their feet convinced Hertle right away. Until then a passionate seller of luxury articles, he decided to found his own company that would offer true luxury: Health and mobility. The path to this goal turned out to be a long but ultimately successful march.
Good ideas often ignite when experts from different fields come together. "Two experienced orthopaedic surgeons approached me in 2013 as part of an ideas workshop," says Hertle. "They told me about a useful aid that has long been the remedy of choice for foot injuries in the USA, but that hardly anyone in Germany knows about." The so-called Kneewalker helps patients who are temporarily unable to put weight on a foot after an injury or an operation. Instead of using a wheelchair or crutches, they simply kneel on the device with the leg they need to relieve and push off with their healthy leg, like on a pedal scooter.
The advantages are obvious: the patient remains mobile and actively counteracts muscle atrophy with the scooter, prevents dangerous strain, avoids postural damage and tension. Especially for working people, an orthopaedic scooter offers a good perspective after injuries (return to job). In addition, there is the growing number of singles and senior citizens in our society who are left to their own devices and, if necessary, depend on aids to keep them mobile. Andreas Hertle is a passionate badminton player himself and has seen many sports friends limping. He also knows how important it is for self-employed people, for example, to be able to continue working even after a foot injury. "The scooter is filling a real gap in care in Germany," he says. "I therefore found the concept of the device immediately convincing, but not at all the quality, safety and sustainability of the existing devices. Importing from the USA, Canada or China was therefore out of the question."
So what to do? For a Swabian like Hertle, there was no question: what doesn't exist, you make yourself. His plan was as simple as it was ambitious: he wanted to build the safest tricycle in the world that looked aesthetically pleasing so that the user would use it. To get advice, he tapped a wide variety of sources. He talked to bicycle developers, car makers, sports equipment and even toy manufacturers, and recruited some of their employees to join his team. Private investors also quickly became enthusiastic about Hertle's start-up idea and his market analysis.
As a marketer of luxury articles, Andreas Hertle was clear from the beginning about the importance of the right, i.e. functional and at the same time appealing design for his aid. "Quality, safety, sustainability and medical benefits were particularly important to our team. This is how the Orthoscoot, which combines the advantages of a wheelchair, rollator and pedal scooter, came into being.
Andreas Hertle and his team have also developed a convincing concept for marketing the Orthoscoot . Buying such a high-quality device and never using it again after convalescence makes no sense for individual patients - at most for clinics or for the medical departments of professional sports clubs, for example. "A sustainable rental system seems more sensible to me," says Hertle. "Medical supply stores rent the Orthoscoot, together with the patient, and we take over cleaning and maintenance afterwards."
So everything would be together: A good basic idea, a sensible marketing concept and a perfect product that closes a gaping supply gap in Germany. Or rather: could close it. Both doctors and patients have so far had nothing but positive things to say about Orthoscoot . A survey of 1,300 patients interviewed resulted in consistently positive feedback. Some funding agencies, employers' liability insurance associations and private health insurers therefore already cover the costs of the orthopaedic scooter in individual cases. "The marketing in the country markets that have already introduced the aid now want the Swabian company as a supplier, because quality and safety have been lacking worldwide up to now. There are therefore already enquiries from all over the world," says Andreas Hertle.
If the founder of the company could wish for anything, it would be for a Orthoscoot to be visibly available for demonstration in as many specialist shops as possible.