Blog Entries in Wearable Technology

Wearable Medical Technology for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The development of consumer oriented wearable technology for fitness and health applications has exploded over the past 5 years. These devices monitor various physiological parameters such as activity, heart rate, and skin conductance with the intention of providing users with feedback that will improve their fitness level, sleep quality, and potentially certain aspects of their health. Although these devices can impact user behavior in important ways, they are not directly therapeutic. Furthermore, they tend to target the younger and healthier segment of the population. People with diseases such as diabetes, chronic pain, and sleep disorders are generally not benefiting from the availability of wearable technology.  
 
SENSUS has changed that. SENSUS is the first truly wearable medical technology for the treatment of chronic pain. Although the technology is based on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), SENSUS has two distinct design elements that differentiate it from traditional TENS devices and define it as wearable technology. 
 
First is the wearable design. SENSUS is worn on the leg, just below the knee.  It’s comfortable, there are no wires and it may be covered by clothing. Beyond just being “worn”, wearable technology must integrate with the life of the user.  SENSUS does just that. Rather than therapy being a disruptive event, SENSUS is designed to integrate pain therapy into the user’s normal daily activity, including sleeping. Traditional TENS devices typically require the user to interrupt their normal activity each time a therapy is required. These traditional devices are not wearable, but rather they attach to the user, typically with wires, and lack the convenience and discreetness SENSUS provides.
 
Second, SENSUS minimizes the amount of interaction required between the user and the device. The SENSUS technology is auto-adjusting TENS which means the sophistication of the device controls many of the functions traditional TENS users must do manually. Not only does this provide convenience to the users, the technology is optimized to meet the specific stimulation needs of the individual user to optimize pain relief. Specifically, each SENSUS device is configured to the unique stimulation requirements of each user without the user having to manually control the device with dials. During a session the stimulation intensity will automatically increase to compensate for nerve desensitization that naturally occurs during TENS use. While wearing SENSUS, it will automatically start therapy every other hour. Lastly, during sleep, SENSUS automatically decreases the intensity to minimize disruption during sleep. Read More

Posted by NeuroMetrix in Wearable Technology

What is Wearable Medical Technology?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Popular media references to the term “wearable technology” have increased dramatically over the past five years.   What is wearable technology, and more specifically what is wearable medical technology?

There is no technical definition of wearable technology, however most participants in the field probably agree that a wearable product must meet the following criteria:

  • The product must be worn on the user's body for an extended period of time.
  • The product should significantly enhance the user's quality of life, health or experience as a result of the product being worn.
  • The product must contain advanced circuitry, independent processing capability, and wireless or other connectivity.
Wearable medical technology is a wearable product that is designed to improve the user’s health.  This may be accomplished through monitoring of physiological and biological data (e.g., ECG, blood pressure), storage of critical medical information (e.g., medical record), or in the case of SENSUS, delivery of a specific therapeutic benefit such as pain control. Read More

Posted by NeuroMetrix in Wearable Technology