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Technology Breakthrough: A Prosthetic Device that Connects to Patients and Health Care Providers via Mobile Communications Technology

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 9:04am
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 5, 2012--The term “mobile app” is taking on a revolutionary new meaning as iPhone and iPad apps and a game-changing new prosthetic device give people who have lost limbs mobility options they could only have imagined.

Orthocare Innovations new Magellan(TM) microprocessor foot ankle system provides adaptive control to improve patient stability and gait. (Photo: Orthocare Innovations) Orthocare Innovations ( orthocareinnovations.com ), a developer of advanced orthotic and prosthetic devices based in Oklahoma City, will officially unveil to the public its new Magellan microprocessor foot ankle system prosthetic device at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association National Assembly to be held this week in Boston. Magellan, currently in clinical testing, is scheduled for commercial launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

Magellan brings a novel approach to lower limb prosthetics by mimicking key features of the human ankle that are essential to normal gait. The human ankle instantly changes from supple to firm and from flexible to powerful while walking or running. Magellan offers active ankle function using microprocessor computer control, combined with advanced, micro-hydraulic technology, providing persons who have lost limbs with enhanced efficiency, stability and comfort.

Another innovative feature is Magellan’s connectivity, linking the device to its user and the user’s health care providers. This functionality, afforded by iPhone and iPad apps and Bluetooth technology, enables patients to make adjustments to the Magellan themselves, such as adaptations to account for changes in footwear. This functionality also extends to health care providers, affording access to patient performance and device diagnostics.

“We are living in a connected, digital world,” commented Orthocare Innovations’ CEO and Co-Founder Doug McCormack. “Magellan is breaking new ground by incorporating mobile communications technology in prosthetics to improve patient function. The pre-launch interest in Magellan has been overwhelming. We are very excited by the potential to provide persons with limb loss enhanced control of their prosthetic limbs, resulting in greater comfort and performance.” Orthocare Innovations will be showcasing its Magellan microprocessor foot ankle system at AOPA at booth #625 located on Level 2, Exhibit Hall C during the National Assembly at Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Orthocare Innovations’ game changing development was recently featured in a major story in The Wall Street Journal ( http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444318104577587141033340190.html ).

KOMO-TV, the ABC News affiliate in Seattle, also profiled a user who took Magellan out for a rigorous hike in the woods ( http://www.komonews.com/news/Locally-made-device-could-revolutionize-prosthetics-167120595.html?m=y&smobile=y ).

Orthocare Innovations ( orthocareinnovations.com ) is a leading research, development and manufacturing organization in the field of orthotics and prosthetics focused on commercializing advanced technologies to improve patient mobility.Building on proprietary sensor and actuation technologies, Orthocare Innovations is developing products that monitor, analyze and react in real-time to changes in patient physiology, alignment and gait.The company’s product development approach is to produce products that are consistent with, and contribute to, evidenced-based practice demands for verifiable clinical efficacy and improved patient performance.

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CONTACT: Orthocare Innovations MEDIA CONTACT: Adam Shapiro, 202-427-3603 adam.shapiro@adampr.tv KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA OKLAHOMA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY HARDWARE HEALTH BIOTECHNOLOGY MEDICAL DEVICES MOBILE/WIRELESS MEDICAL SUPPLIES SOURCE: Orthocare Innovations Copyright Business Wire 2012 PUB: 09/05/2012 09:04 AM/DISC: 09/05/2012 09:04 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120905006102/

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