Myomo Inc.'s (Cambridge, MA) robotic prosthetic arm has been available since 2008, but now the company is offering the device directly to patients at a discount. The NeuroRobotic System isn't covered by insurance and had previously been sold to rehab centers and hospitals for $7000. The company has slashed the price to $4750 and will be offering the device to patients who pass a screening process. Patients will also need a doctor's prescription.
The prosthesis attaches to the arm and reads muscle signals to help patients as they move a limb. The Boston Globe reports that the company is currently conducting a 30-patient study to evaluate the most effective way to use the device.