pain management

By Dave Muoio October 9, 2017
Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Hollywog, makers of wearable pain relief devices, have announced the launch of their newest smartphone-controlled product, the WiTouch Pro Bluetooth TENS Therapy device. Priced at $49.95 for over the counter consumer purchase, the WiTouch Pro adheres to the user's lower back underneath clothing to deliver stimulation pain therapy. The device is paired with the WiTouch...
By Dave Muoio October 5, 2017
Purdue Pharma and Geisinger announced today that the first patient has been enrolled in the companies’ upcoming trial of medical wearables as an alternative therapy for chronic pain. The ResearchKit study looks to see how wearables (in this case, the Apple Watch) can alleviate pain without relying on pharmaceutical painkillers, a commendable goal for a company whose painkilling opioid OxyContin...
By Jonah Comstock September 18, 2017
Medtronic has received FDA clearance for a new implantable pain management device that can be programmed wirelessly via a Samsung tablet. The Intellis system is designed to treat chronic pain by delivering neurostimulation at the spinal cord. Using a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, the patient's caregiver can adjust the neurostimulation according to a workflow designed by Medtronic called Evolve. "Drawing...
By Dave Muoio September 13, 2017
SPR Therapeutics, the Cleveland, Ohio-based developer of a wearable pain management device, announced yesterday the completion of $25 million in Series C financing. The company’s new funding — primarily secured from Frontcourt Ventures and an unnamed family office — will support commercialization of the Sprint Peripheral Nerve Stimulation System, and investigate its applicability across...
By Heather Mack March 29, 2017
Many pharmaceutical companies are now turning to digital tools to improve medication adherence, augment clinical trials, or develop parallel therapies with digital health companies. Rare is the pharmaceutical company that wants to actively get people to stop taking their medication, but that’s exactly the aim of a new study launched by Purdue Pharmaceuticals, maker of the blockbuster and...
By Jonah Comstock June 6, 2016
Southern Hills Hospital in Nevada recently completed a pilot of a technology that used Samsung tablets and a wearable EEG reader to assess patients' pain and to attempt to lessen that pain with distracting content. The pilot, a collaboration between Samsung, tech company AccendoWave, and Southern Hills, equipped nearly 1,000 ER patients, including adults and children, with Samsung Galaxy tablets...
By Aditi Pai January 15, 2015
A mobile intervention, called FitBack, that personalizes health content for the user is an effective tool to help patients improve their nonspecific lower back pain (NLBP), according to a study, conducted by health app intervention developer ORCAS with help from insurance company Cigna, that was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The American College of Physicians (...
By Aditi Pai September 3, 2014
Axial Healthcare CEO John Donahue Nashville, Tennessee-based Axial Healthcare raised $1.75 million in a round led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries, which manage health accelerator Healthbox. While the names are similar, Axial Healthcare is not to be confused with Mayo Clinic spinoff Axial Exchange. “Over 100 million Americans find themselves in an episode of pain...
By Neil Versel January 8, 2013
iMPak Health, Neptune City, N.J.-based creator of pocket-sized devices for ECG testing, sleep monitoring and pain management, is turning to crowdsourcing to fund its latest offering, a foray into gamification. However, the outreach has struggled to gain momentum. iMPak, a joint venture of New Jersey hospital system Meridian Health and Swedish wireless technology vendor Cypak, has listed "Emmett's...
By Neil Versel October 29, 2012
For the second year in a row, the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare in Boston has received a McKesson Foundation research grant to develop and study a text messaging system that will help patients with a specific condition. This time, the unspecified grant will support SMS and voice response technology for managing pain associated with cancer treatment in hopes of reducing...