Green Sun Medical has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant for $1M to commercialize an advanced sensor system for its connected Whisper Scoliosis Brace, the company announces.
This intelligence platform will provide live wear time data to patients, caregivers and providers. Showing patients retrospective data has been proven to increase compliance and reduce the need for complex scoliosis surgeries. The platform will collect data from smart pads and empower clinicians to prescribe more effective treatments and optimize healthcare resources needed to treat adolescent scoliosis.
“The smart pad can assure accurate pressure is being applied to prevent discomfort and support better patient compliance. The combination of the sensors and the physician dashboard assures us that the patient is not wearing the brace in vain and will allow us to know when to adjust the brace over time to account for growth and curve correction.”
— Dr. David Skaggs, Director of Pediatric Orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles
“We are honored and grateful to the NSF for this grant supporting the enhancement of the Whisper Brace. Scoliosis is a complex three-dimensional deformity of the spine, and to improve treatment, we developed the Whisper ring technology to drastically change traditional, rigid bracing. With the SBIR grant funds, we will further develop our integrated smart technology designed to capture every moment of our dynamic brace and track the trends with the interventions that we apply.”
— Jamie Haggard, CEO of Green Sun Medical
The Whisper Brace is a comfortable and flexible dynamic solution for treating patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. It is built from modular components and allows each scoliosis patient to have a custom brace designed specifically for their anatomy. The Whisper Brace will debut in September at the 2021 Scoliosis Research Society annual meeting in Minneapolis, the company notes in a media release.
[Source(s): Green Sun Medical, GlobeNewswire]