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We came across this news announcement recently. Myomo, Inc., the developer of solutions for restoring mobility, has launched the Myomo Mobility System, a comprehensive program that helps neurologically impaired people move their arms again, maintain their movement and return to routine daily

activities. This device will also allow people who want to age-in-place function more independently.

The system is based on the new mPower 1000, the next-generation of Myomo’s neuro-robotic arm brace. The system integrates PERL Technique, an evidence-based therapy program; an Android-based Connected Health Platform for tracking progress; and Games For Health for augmented therapy at home. Neuro-robotic technology has been clinically proven effective in stroke patients from two days to 21 years post-stroke and is used in both clinical and home settings.

“Today’s announcement is the first step toward our long term vision to integrate different technologies and treatments that get people moving again, give them hope, and let them be where they want to be — at home,” said Steve Kelly, CEO of Myomo, in a statement.

The mPower 1000’s neuro-robotic arm brace fits like a sleeve on a person’s arm. The sleeve has sensors that sit on the skin’s surface and detect even a very faint muscle signal. When the brain sends a signal to the muscle, indicating intention to move, the device provides motorized assistance. The device can be worn as a functional aid, used during exercise to maintain gains or applied as a rehabilitation device that re-teaches arm movement to the brain.

“What I found most intriguing when I first saw the Myomo in action was that it senses the patient’s intent to move and then augments that movement as opposed to having an outside stimulus cause the muscle to contract,” said Rose Ann Weinstein, founder of Able Place Physical Therapy in Los Angeles. “The Myomo device provides direct feedback to the user, reinforcing successful movement strategies. That reinforcement is the key to improving motor function in an affected upper extremity.”

myProgress is an Android-based Connected Health Platform that tracks and measures progress while using the mPower 1000. It was developed in collaboration with the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center based at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. During each exercise/therapy session, myProgress can capture measurements related to range of motion with and without assistance, number of movements, duration of session, and more. Session data can be trended over time to demonstrate progress and help maintain motivation on therapy compliance. A web based portal enables clinicians to securely track their patient’s usage at home.

“The potential impact of these measurements cannot be overstated,” said James Osborn, executive director of the QoLT Center. “There is currently little quantitative data captured about movement during post-acute care. Myomo’s ability to capture such data across the care continuum could optimize therapists’ time with their patients, motivate patients to achieve measurable results and facilitate an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation.”

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