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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Neuropathy Awareness Week

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

It’s the ninth annual Neuropathy Awareness Week, an initiative launched by The Neuropathy Association to promote awareness, research, education, support and advocacy for neuropathy and its warning signs.  According to The Neuropathy Association, peripheral neuropathy impacts well over 20 million Americans (at least 1 in 15), making it one of the most coming chronic diseases and a leading cause of adult disability.  Neuropathy disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with its muscles, organs, and tissues.  Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain.  With early diagnosis, it can often be controlled and quality of life restored.  If ignored, symptoms can intensify to...
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The Cochrane Collaboration Weighs In On Pressure and Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Foot ulceration is a significant complication associated with diabetes with pressure often playing a pivotal role in wound formation.  These wounds can have devastating complications, with their presence often predicting the need for future amputation.  In fact, every 30 seconds, a limb is lost to diabetes. Amputation presents a significant health risk to patients, and is a major contributor to morbidity.  A recent Cochrane Review further emphasizes the critical role that pressure plays in ulcer formation, and thus, the need for pressure-sensing and alerting devices. This review from the Cochrane Wounds Group focused on examining literature that has studied pressure-relieving...
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Viva Innovation!

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Dr. Everett has just been confirmed as a speaker at the upcoming 2013 Medical Innovations Summit in London, England. The Summit is an annual event hosted by The Royal Society of Medicine, and offers a range of extraordinary presentations with speakers from the UK and overseas. The day-long programme promises to provide a snapshot of amazing medical innovations and advancements taking place all over the globe. A few speakers that caught our attention include a 15 year old Baltimore student who invented a test for pancreatic cancer which is 168 times faster and cheaper than the gold standard in the field,...
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