Andante Medical Devices Ltd., an Israeli company, is reporting the first market release of its SmartStep™ gait assessment, training and monitoring system.
The company provides the following info about its technology:
The SmartStep™ is composed of three main components:
— A force-sensing insole that is flexible, lightweight, ergonomically designed.
— A miniature microprocessor control unit
— Computer software for analysis, display and storage of patient performance.
The unique SmartStep insole measures the force applied under the heel and forefoot of the affected limb. The data is received and analyzed by the miniature portable control unit, which is worn around the ankle. Data is transmitted to a computer running the SmartStep software, which also maintains patient medical records and functions as an assessment and therapy tool.
Feedback training: The control unit can be programmed to provide the patient with real-time auditory indications of correct or incorrect gait performance according to the specific patient’s prescribed regime. Feedback training in the clinic or at home guides patients as they strive for correct posture, motion and function.
Gait Pattern Analysis: The SmartStep application graphically displays an analysis of patient’s data, including weight bearing, velocity, cadence, and the correct timing of gait. With this tool clinicians and physical therapist are able to quantify patient performance, determine therapy goals and evaluate treatment progress. This will also be of immense value to third party payers who are required to evaluate submitted health claims.
According to the company, the system is an FDA-approved device.
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