Personal experiences often lead to compelling innovations. For Susanne Fortunato, an undiagnosed teenage illness launched her on a career path, and ultimately to founding her own health tech company. Along the way, she learned a lot about the state of technology in healthcare today and the gaps that have yet to be filled. 

In 2004, President George W. Bush launched an effort to spur the development of health information technology, including the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Over the intervening years, that push has expanded with regulations requiring all healthcare providers in the U.S. to use EHRs for scheduling, documenting, and treating patients. 

The goals behind this effort are laudable – higher patient engagement, a streamlined healthcare experience, cost savings, and improved care outcomes. The results have largely been positive. Multiple care providers can access a shared patient’s charts for more coordinated care, pharmacies receive electronic prescription orders, and approved family members or caretakers can access patient portals to assist loved ones. 

But these systems also come with downsides and areas of murky coverage. Some physicians and staff complain of the stress and inconvenience these obligatory systems can place on teams. Customization and multiple providers across EHRs mean that not all health systems or providers can access records seamlessly, leading to breakdowns in treatment or communication. And patients can be confused by protocols, information, and who has access to their sensitive information. 

Unfortunately, it was this latter reality in which Fortunato found herself. Faced with confusing information, overlapping doctors, and a mysterious illness, she suffered through a three-year odyssey seeking help. She credits a decidedly old-school approach to ultimately solving her health puzzle.  

When her treating physicians and their technology systems proved insufficient, Fortunato created a 3-inch binder filled with all her medical information and records that she lugged

More than ever, we rely on a continual supply of power into our homes and offices to, well, quite literally keep the lights on. But what happens when the lights go out? Or what happens when you travel somewhere where there isn’t a convenient power outlet for you to be able to plug into and use?

It’s at times like this that people wish they had backup power. And for years, the mainstay has been gasoline generators. But these are big, bulky, noisy, need regular maintenance, emit noxious fumes that rule out running them indoors, and then there are all the associated risks of setting everything alight with gasoline.

Enter the Bluetti EB240.

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The EB240 is a beast. It’s a huge heavy box with a sturdy handle on the top, and inside is 2,400Wh of LG lithium cells that can output 1,000W of AC (1,200W surge), 9A of 12V power, and four USB-A ports outputting 2A, and a 45W USB-C port.

The package is no power bank you can slide into a pocket. The box, which resembles a suitcase with a convenient handle on the top — is 37.08 x 16.51 x 36.58 cm and weighs in at an incredible 17.2 kg when all the packaging has been removed.

Despite all the power and ability, there are only three buttons on the EB240 — on/off, AC power on/off, and DC power on/off.

With so much power at my disposal, I wanted to know what I could do with it?

First off, I spent a few days using it to charge up all my smartphones and gadgets. The four 3A USB-A and one 45W USB-C PC port can handle all my devices without batting an eye. I calculated