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Meet SmartTRAK's Elise Wolf at CAOS 2019 in New York City

Posted by Sharon O'Reilly on 6/10/19 3:47 PM

Elise Wolf, SmartTRAK's Senior Analyst, Computer Assisted Surgery, will be representing SmartTRAK at CAOS International 2019, the 19th Annual Meeting of the  International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery, to be held in New York, June 19-22 at the Midtown Hilton.

Elise, with bachelor's and master's degrees in bioengineering, designed biologically inspired robots for the Department of Defense at a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University. After robotics, she transitioned to the medical device industry and has more than 15 years of experience in product development, marketing, and business development consulting in emerging medical device technologies and orthopedics. Elise has worked with BioMedGPS since 2009 as a SmartTRAK Senior Analyst covering orthopedics and Computer-Assisted Surgery.

You can view Elise's intro video below...

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Topics: SmartTRAK Conferences, Computer-Assisted Surgery

Meet SmartTRAK's Freddy Buntoum at TOBI 2019 in Chicago

Posted by Sharon O'Reilly on 6/6/19 5:00 PM

Frederique Buntoum (aka Freddy), SmartTRAK's Senior Analyst, Regenerative Medicine, overseeing the Cell Processing, Amniotic Tissue and Joint Fluid modules, will be representing SmartTRAK at TOBI 2019, the Tenth Annual PRP & Regenerative Medicine Symposium in Chicago, IL, June 6-8. 

You can view Freddy's intro video below...

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Topics: SmartTRAK Conferences, Regenerative Medicine

Artificial Intelligence for DFUs: An Interview with Dr. Ronald Baxter of Spectral MD

Posted by Susan Paquette on 5/30/19 11:20 AM

Dr. Ronald Baxter of Baylor University and Spectral MD, discusses the Spectral MD DeepView Wound Imaging System in predicting DFU wound healing utilizing artificial intelligence in an interview with SmartTRAK.

Spectral MD has developed the DeepView Wound Imaging System to utilize real-time data and artificial intelligence to predict wound healing. The Company has seen initial success in burn treatment and is now moving into validation of their system for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) with the goal to predict a wound’s healing potential at the initial clinical visit.

To learn more about Spectral MD’s multi-spectral imaging system, DeepView; the pilot DFU study to analyze the predictive qualities of its artificial intelligence deep learning program, and the company’s plans moving forward; SmartTRAK interviewed Dr. Ronald Baxter, of Baylor University and Spectral MD.

A transcript of SmartTRAK’s interview with Dr. Baxter is below. To view the interview recorded live at SAWC Spring 2019, click on the following video.

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Topics: Advanced Wound Care

Q119 Total Joints Recap: Market Benefits from Easier Comps

Posted by Lisa Mahan on 5/29/19 9:30 AM

As surgeries get pushed to later in the year, growth against easier comps does not signal market strengthening

The US Total Joints Market, which comprises approximately 55% of the global market, experienced stronger growth YoY, up+1.6% for Q119 compared to -0.8% in Q118, according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. Growth also increased sequentially from Q418’s 1.5%.

The market benefited from easier comps against Q118’s nasty flu season which prompted hospitals across the US to postpone surgeries. But SmartTRAK does not believe the bump in growth in the face of easy comps signals a strengthening recon market. Looking back on a 2-yr basis, the market appears to have decelerated 50 bps which suggests an accompanying slow down in the number of procedures taking place early in the year. Wells Fargo’s Larry Biegelsen speculates that...

Among the many topics covered in the Q119 Total Joints Market Recap are:

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Topics: Orthopedics-Total Joints

AAOS 2019: Arthrosurface Working to Stand Out in Shoulder Arthroplasty market

Posted by Lisa Mahan on 5/27/19 10:09 AM

SmartTRAK interviews Arthrosurface CEO Steve Ek about the Company’s newest shoulder system, the OVOMotion, and what differentiates it from other current and emerging shoulder systems

The orthopedic industry has sharpened its focus on value-based care. Health care providers are looking for technologies that maximize care, reduce costs and increase efficiencies, while patients are seeking affordable treatment options that will restore their function and improve their quality of life.

At the 2019 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, Arthrosurface CEO Steve Ek, Dr. Greg Nicholson, Rush University Medical Center, and Dr. Anthony Miniaci, Cleveland Clinic, discussed the Company’s newest shoulder implant system, the OVOMotion stemless shoulder, and its value proposition for both health care providers and patients in an interview with SmartTRAK.

(This is Part 2 of SmartTRAK’s interview with Arthrosurface. Be sure to see Part 1 - "Arthrosurface Takes Aim at Patellofemoral Pain" - in which Arthrosurface discusses their new patellofemoral joint implant, the Wave Kahuna.)

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Topics: Orthopedics-Total Joints

SmartTRAK Seeking a European Wound Care Analyst

Posted by Lennart Stadler on 5/23/19 12:57 PM

The SmartTRAK analyst team is expanding and we are looking for an experienced and motivated individual who would like to manage one or more of our Advanced Wound Care modules, with a focus on the European markets. As you know, all of our SmartTRAK analysts are former marketing, business development or competitive intelligence professionals with one of the major medical device manufacturers and, in fact, most have come to us via recommendations from our subscribers. We believe that having a person of this caliber with relevant experience and deep insight on the market is a tremendous value-add to the SmartTRAK platform.

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Topics: Advanced Wound Care, Your SmartTRAK News, SmartTRAK Careers

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring in SCS: An Interview with Steven Falowski, MD

Posted by Anne Staylor on 5/22/19 9:30 AM

Intraoperative neuromonitoring could be a game changer in the field of SCS by elucidating the MOA for current and emerging SCS waveforms and stimulation patterns. But will it improve outcomes? To find out more, SmartTRAK interviewed Steven Falowski, MD at NANS 2019.

Steven Falowski, MD, Secretary of the Board for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), discusses the latest research on the use of intraoperative neuromonitoring during spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in an interview with SmartTRAK at the NANS 22nd annual meeting held Jan. 17-20, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Historically, pain specialists have always placed spinal cord stimulators in awake patients for safety reasons and to confirm the therapy is adequately covering painful areas. However, Dr. Falowski says there’s been a paradigm shift where both pain physicians and surgeons alike are now using intraoperative neuromonitoring to place SCS systems for both percutaneous electrodes and paddle leads in asleep patients to more accurately localize the spinal cord midline and to improve intraoperative electrode placement and pain coverage... 

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Topics: Neuromodulation-Spinal Cord Stimulation, Market Outlook Article

Q119 Joint Fluid Market: Revenues Down, Pricing Pressures and FDA Scrutiny

Posted by Freddy Buntoum on 5/20/19 4:42 PM

Revenues down again, competitive pricing pressures remain, market is under FDA scrutiny


After a sluggish start of the year, the US Joint Fluid market gained steam during the quarter as demand and volumes picked up in several market segments in spite of intense competitive pricing pressures. Revenues were within SmartTRAK’s projected range with a marginal decline of -0.3% YoY according to the recently published SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard.

For Q119, the 3-injection segment accounted for 44.6%  of the US Joint Fluid market, followed by single-injection products at 41.5%, the 5-injection segment at 12.9% and rounding up the market with the 2-injection segment at 1.1%, according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard results. The single-injection segment showed good recovery from last year driven by increased adoption of newer products and/or sales expansion measures by some suppliers. The 3-injection segment was down in the low single digits during Q119 owing to continued and fierce pricing competition. The 5-injection segment showed no reprieve from its downward trend, declining...

Among the many topics covered in the Q119 US Joint Fluid Market Recap are:

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Topics: OrthoBio-Joint Fluid, Q119 Market Recaps

INS 2019 Preview: An Interview with INS President Robert Levy, MD

Posted by Anne Staylor on 5/20/19 12:59 PM

In an interview with SmartTRAK, Robert Levy, MD, president of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), provides a preview of the research, emerging technologies, and trends in neuromodulation that will be at the INS 2019 14th World Congress to be held May 23-30, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. 

The meeting will highlight several important topics, including the use of neurostimulation to reduce opioid use, closed-loop neurostimulation, and advances in non-invasive brain stimulation, including for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and for enhancing memory and learning.

In terms of research, Dr. Levy said Sam Eldabe, MD of the United Kingdom will provide a critical evaluation of clinical trials in neuromodulation. Researchers will also present the latest insight into mechanism of action, new data on neurostimulation for cardiac ischemia, as well as research on use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for obesity, eating disorders and addiction. Researchers will also present important pivotal trial results, including: the Evoke Study (Saluda Medical), evaluating closed-loop spinal cord stimulation (SCS); the SURF study (Stimwave Technologies), comparing different wireless SCS frequencies and waveforms; and the ReActiv8 trial (Mainstay Medical), evaluating the use of a restorative neurostimulation system for nocioceptive chronic low back pain. 

On the technology front, the INS’s Innovation Day will highlight disruptive innovations in neuromodulation, and will feature panel discussions and presentations by researchers and major shareholders from early stage start-ups, middle-stage start-ups and well-established companies.

To find out more about the INS World Congress, click on the following video to listen to SmartTRAK’s interview with Dr. Levy recorded via phone from his office in Florida. A transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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Topics: Neuromodulation, SmartTRAK Interviews

AAOS 2019: Arthrosurface Takes Aim at Patellofemoral Pain

Posted by Lisa Mahan on 5/20/19 9:00 AM
SmartTRAK Interviews Arthrosurface CEO Steve Ek about new WaveKahuna PFJ Implant

Arthrosurface hopes to expand the market for joint arthroplasty with a novel patellofemoral arthroplasty implant and five-year data demonstrating long-term clinical benefits for treating patients with patellofemoral pain earlier in the treatment continuum, with evidence suggesting that it halts the progression of osteoarthritis (OA).

Today, many of these patients fall into a treatment gap. As much as 22% of the US population could be suffering from patellofemoral pain, according to a recent analysis of data from 23 studies. PLoS One Many orthopedic surgeons remain unconvinced that surgical management is of long-term benefit. Instead they choose to manage these patients with conservative treatment until they become candidates for joint replacement.

To find out more about the Company’s new patellofemoral arthroplasty implant, the WaveKahuna, and how it can address surgeon concerns about long-term clinical benefits, SmartTRAK interviewed Arthrosurface CEO Steve Ek, and Gregory Nicholson, MD, Rush University Medical Center at the 2019 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s (AAOS) Annual Meeting held March 12-16 in Las Vegas, NV.

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Topics: Total Joints, Orthopedics

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