Consumer Health Technologies You Should Be Using

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Guest blog post by: Expert Tech Blogger - The Clover Heart Technological advancements have ushered in a new dawn of health and fitness, where tracking our well-being can be done via our smartphones and tablets. Today, we have thousands of health applications for Android and iOS devices that allow us to immediately count the calories we have burnt and the distance we have ran, walked or cycled. In a 2014 report entitled, mHealth App Developer Economics, it revealed that the worldwide revenue for mobile health app reached $2.4 billion in 2013, and they expect that it will grow to $26...
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Have Your Cake & Eat It Too (Sugar-Free, of Course)!

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

It’s no secret that diabetes is a difficult disease to manage with many co-morbid conditions associated with it. One of the most common complications related to the disease is peripheral neuropathy. Patients with diabetes can lose sensation in their feet, which can lead to ulcers, infection and in many cases amputation. We often hear that the best way to protect your feet is to get off them. If you are living in a bubble then yes, this may work just fine. But for the majority of people, being sedentary is not an option. On the other hand, increasing activity levels...
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"An Ounce of Prevention....

Posted by John Jahrstorfer

...is worth a pound of cure." - Benjamin Franklin. As we remember the now famous quote from Benjamin Franklin its clear to see that the idea of “Prevention” is not new. It’s an excellent idea and always has been.  “He who cures disease may be the skillfulest, but he who prevents it is the safest physician.” -Thomas Fuller The CDC has a National Prevention Strategy posted on its website: America's Plan for Better Health and Wellness (http://www.cdc.gov/features/preventionstrategy/). As the strategy states, it’s an effort to move the nation away from a healthcare system focused on sickness and disease to a...
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Big Data, But Then What?

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Guest blog post by Stephen Chambal, Vice President of The Perduco Group There’s a great deal of buzz surrounding big data and this movement crosses many domains to include healthcare, energy, finance, and even sports.  Big data has driven companies to invest in data capture, storage, and in some cases, foundational work to develop enterprise data warehousing internal to their organization.  Enterprise data is a complex problem and data management can even be more difficult when considering issues such as data quality, governance, and stewardship.  However, many companies have and continue to make great progress in developing robust data solutions to...
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Could Wearable Tech Save Lives?

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

As technology continues to advance, it tends to get smaller in size: the smaller the technology, the more portable it becomes.  With portability comes convenience, and with convenience comes something perhaps completely unexpected: the ability to save your life. Thanks to the rise and proliferation of smart technologies, people everywhere are using programs that monitor their heart rates, count their steps, and even track sleep cycles. From smart clothing, watches, glasses and footwear, wearables are being designed to fit seamlessly into our existing lifestyles.  More than ever, people are using wearable tech to satisfy their appetites for self-improvement by tracking...
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April is Limb Loss Awareness Month!

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Did you know that every 20 seconds a limb is lost due to diabetes? At Orpyx, we have made it our mission to help change this reality through wearable, sensor-based technologies.  We are excited to see that others are answering the call and striving to improve the livelihoods of people with diabetes.  Last month, at the Global Diabetic Foot Conference (DFCon), Dr. David Armstrong, through his enlightening talk on “Regifting the Gift of Pain: How Modern Technology Can Prevent Neuropathic Ulcers and Amputations”, highlighted the advantages of the wearable technology revolution that is upon us. We are now better equipped...
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Key Steps to Diabetic Foot Health

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Proper foot care is paramount for people with diabetes.  According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are far more likely to have a foot or leg amputated in comparison to the non-diabetic populace.  Complications like Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) - decrease in blood flow to the feet and Peripheral Neuropathy - nerve damage in the feet, are major contributors to the development of ulcers and infections that may lead to amputation.  At Orpyx, we know that diabetes can knock you off your feet.  Here's some key steps that you can take to promote happy and healthy diabetic feet....
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World Diabetes Day!

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Diabetes is one of the most devastating and not-so-quietly growing epidemics of modern society. At Orpyx, we're recognizing World Diabetes Day for a variety of reasons: Today marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, one of the primary discoverers of insulin and one of the twentieth century's most celebrated medical heroes..who just so happens to be Canadian! The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is releasing a new IDF Diabetes Atlas with the latest estimates on the global and regional prevalence of diabetes. Millions of people from around the world come together in support of diabetes.  We've launched our SurroSense Rx™ system...
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Validation of Plantar Pressure Measurements for a Novel In-Shoe Plantar Sensory Replacement Unit

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

The Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology recently reported on promising preliminary proof of principle research completed on Orpyx's SurroSense Rx™ (Ferber, et al., 2013). The purpose of this study was to compare the SurroSense Rx™ device to a gold standard pressure sensing device (the Novel "Pedar" Pedobarograph) during walking.   The SurroSense Rx™ is a tool to help actively prevent peripheral neuropathy complications and track progress.  The device provides alert-based feedback derived from analyzing plantar pressure threshold measurements in real time. The results showed good-to-very-good ability of the SurroSense Rx™ to recognize areas where pressure exceeded the reported minimum to...
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Why entrepreneurs must strike a balance between passion and objectivity

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

An excerpt from eMed article by Christina Hernandez Sherwood (Kauffman Foundation) on July 6, 2013  eMed caught up with Dr. Breanne Everett (CEO, Orpyx Medical Technologies) last week at MedCity CONVERGE, a national healthcare innovation summit in Philadelphia.  She shared her insights on approaching heavy hitters, finding employees who will thrive, and striking the balance between passion and objectivity. Reach out to the heavy hitters- Mentorship is key for early-stage companies, Everett said, and it's important to find mentors that complement your skills.  While attending networking events is a great way to meet mentors, she said, Orpyx also found success...
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