CES 2020 is now a thing of the past and we’ve seen everything from flying taxis (via Hyundai) to Impossible Pork (plant-based pork). It was definitely a sensory overload. But what about the innovations in healthcare that stood out? MD+DI looked at the technologies presented and selected seven of the most innovations presented at CES that could impact healthcare.
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CarePredict’s Tempo Series 3 Wearables
Wearables + artificial intelligence is a winning combination in healthcare any day of the week. Fort Lauderdale, FL-based CarePredict tapped into this concept and developed its Tempo Series 3 Wearables. The company’s technology has the ability to notice small changes in the daily activity patterns of seniors that can precede falls, malnutrition, depression, and Urinary Tract Infections. CarePredict’s technology was named a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Wearables category.
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Sensoria Health’s Remote Patient Rehab System
Sensoria Health is trying to simplify patient rehab after knee surgery. During CES, the company revealed its end-to-end knee replacement surgery experience, the Sensoria Health Remote Patient Rehab System, featuring the new Sensoria Smart Knee Brace, Sensoria Sock v2.0 embedded with textile pressure sensors and Sensoria Core microelectronics, Remote Monitoring Cloud and Mobile Apps. The Sensoria Health Rehab System monitors knee range of motion, patient balance, repetitions, adherence and other biometric and physiological parameters proven to reduce rehab time, pain, risk of requiring additional corrective surgeries, and increase patient mobility.
Rehabilitation for stroke patients is always going to be tough. But a company called Neofect is looking to make rehabilitation more engaging – and that’s through gaming. The company debuted its Neofect Smart Balance technology, a new lower-body rehabilitation device that uses augmented reality to help patients recovering from stroke, ambulatory injuries, and other lower body disabilities regain function in their legs. Neofect Smart Balance features 16 rehabilitation games that emphasize core strength, restabilization, and balance, all with the goal of helping patients walk unassisted. During an interview with MD+DI last week, Neofect’s CEO Scott Kim said. “People tend not to do a lot of rehabilitation because of a lack of motivation.” He noted the entertainment piece of Neofect Smart Balance can help tackle this problem.
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Willow Breast Pump
In 2018, the Willow Breast Pump was a gold winner in the Over-the-Counter and Self-Care Products for the Medical Design Excellence Awards, so MD+DI is no stranger to the technology. The technology was practical and really was innovative. However, Willow improved on the technology even more and debuted the third generation at CES. The technology now has increased milk output an average of 20% over earlier iterations and uses redesigned suction technology to more closely mimic how babies nurse.
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French research institute CEA-Leti demonstrated its lensfree microscope at CES 2020. The technology is used for diagnosing spinal meningitis at a fraction of the cost of bulky existing systems. The microscope provides immediate results and accurate countings of white blood cells (leukocytes) in cerebrospinal fluid, which is required to diagnose spinal meningitis, an acute inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The technology costs about one-tenth as much as an optical microscope and can image up to 10,000 microscopic biological objects at a time. Protected by 25 patents, the microscope has neither lenses nor moving parts. The analysis results are available in about one minute. The system operates with a near-infrared light emitted by an LED that is diffracted by the biological sample being analyzed to generate a holographic pattern captured by a CMOS image sensor. Holographic reconstruction algorithms digitally recreate the image of the object on a display. Artificial intelligence software then detects, analyzes, and even classifies biological objects by tracking metrics of interest. All of these steps are automated.
Neuromodulation for Premature Ejaculation
Morari Medical revealed an early-stage prototype of a wearable solution for the treatment of premature ejaculation (PE). Medical device industry veteran, Jeff Bennett, saw an opportunity to develop a wearable product employing neuromodulation as a practical way to impact the communication between the brain and the ejaculatory nerves. In a release, Bennett said “the use of neuromodulation is a common modality that has been proven to treat a variety of different medical conditions. Our product will employ neuromodulation and is intended to be easy-to-use, discreet, and won’t interfere with the partner’s enjoyment.” The company, along with San Diego Sexual Medicine, will be conducting a study to test the product in 1Q20. Results of this study will help guide the company to a commercial release of a product which is anticipated to be in 2021.
At Home Eye Exams
EyeQue has developed products that will allow the user to perform eye exams at home. The company introduced the EyeQue Try-On Glasses, offering users of its award-winning smartphone vision tests the ability to order low-cost eyeglasses. The EyeQue Try-On Glasses are a low-risk way for consumers to quickly confirm the results of their self-administered smartphone tests.