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Anne Staylor

Former Senior Editor, Medtech Insight. +25 years in various leadership roles in business intelligence, marketing, communications, product management, and consulting for medical device industry, hospitals, physician groups, insurers. Registered nurse and former Director of Marketing for a national ambulatory surgery company.

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NANS 2022: What's New for Abbott Neuromodulation

By Anne Staylor on 2/28/22 11:11 AM

Abbott’s Allen Burton, MD discusses the Company’s new MRI labeling, expanded payer coverage for DRG, big data and digital initiatives in an interview with SmartTRAK at NANS 2022

Allen Burton, MD, Abbott Divisional Vice President, Medical Director Neuromodulation, discusses Abbott’s latest research and innovation in an interview with SmartTRAK at the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Annual Meeting held January 13-14, 2022.

To find out more, including about the Company’s new MRI labeling, UnitedHealthCare coverage for DRG, big data and the status of Abbott’s digital initiatives, click on the video below to listen to the interview recorded live at NANS 2022. (30:18 min.) A link to download a complete transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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Medtronic: The Future of Neuromodulation in 2022 and Beyond

By Anne Staylor on 2/22/22 9:30 AM

Medtronic Neuromodulation executives Dave Anderson and Charlie Covert discuss the Company and the future of neuromodulation in an interview with SmartTRAK at NANS 2022

Dave Anderson, Medtronic’s President Neuromodulation, and Charlie Covert, Vice President and General Manager of Pain Therapies, discuss the Company, pandemic and the future of neuromodulation in a wide-ranging interview with SmartTRAK at the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) 25th Annual Meeting held January 12-15, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

To find out more about the Company’s newest innovations, expanding indications*, clinical research and strategies for driving growth in spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS), click on the following video recorded live at NANS 2022. (33:45 minutes.) Specific interview topics by time code are also outlined below. To download a complete transcript of the interview, click here.

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An Interview with Nevro's D. Keith Grossman

By Anne Staylor on 2/16/22 10:00 AM

D. Keith Grossman, chairman, CEO and president of Nevro Corporation, discusses the Company, expanding indications and driving growth through innovation and evidence in an interview with SmartTRAK

Nevro’s Keith Grossman expects randomized controlled trials and recent FDA approvals for expanded indications--painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) and non-surgical refractory back pain (NSRBP)--to provide a competitive edge and help drive growth in the market for spinal cord stimulation (SCS). To find out more, including Grossman’s take on Medtronic’s recent FDA approval for the diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) indication, click on the following video recorded live* via Google Meet (40:20 min). Specific interview topics by time code are also outlined below. If you would like to download a complete transcript of the interview, please click here.

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SCS Boomerangs Back: Q221 Market Report

By Anne Staylor on 9/22/21 11:00 AM

A big boost in Q2 with double-digit gains in all segments.

The US and WW SCS Market boomeranged to pre-COVID levels in Q221 driven by declining COVID-19 cases and ongoing launches of new technologies and products. With easy comps against a quarter that was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic in 2020, Q221 growth was up in the double digits vs Q220 and was up in the low-single digits compared to Q219.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q221 SCS Market Recap* are:

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An Interview with Medtronic's Brett Wall

By Anne Staylor on 8/30/21 10:04 AM

Brett Wall, EVP and President of Medtronic’s Neuroscience Portfolio, discusses changes and opportunities in the Neuroscience business in an interview with SmartTRAK. 

Brett Wall, EVP and President of Medtronic’s Neuroscience Portfolio, discusses how things are changing at Medtronic, his plans for the Neuroscience business and opportunities for growth in an interview with SmartTRAK. To find out more, including Wall’s vision for spine, neuromodulation and neurovascular, click on the following video. (25:58 min). A link to download a complete transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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Trends and Technologies in Stroke Care: An Interview with William Mack, MD

By Anne Staylor on 8/24/21 8:00 AM

SNIS President William J. Mack, MD discusses trends and technologies in stroke care in an interview with SmartTRAK

William J. Mack, MD, President of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS), provides insight into trends and technologies in stroke care in an interview with SmartTRAK at the SNIS 18 th  Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs held July 26-30, 2021. Key topics include: 
  • Advancing the stroke systems of care
  • Trends in practice and device use for acute ischemic stroke
  • Risks, benefits and challenges of treating more distal strokes
  • Promising technologies on the horizon, including robotics
  • Impact of COVID resurgence on clinical practice

To get the latest on stroke care, click on the following video to listen to a fascinating interview recorded live at SNIS (13:08). A link to download a transcript of the complete interview is also provided below.

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Neuromodulation Ramping Up in 2021

By Anne Staylor on 8/9/21 10:00 AM

As in-person meetings start to ramp up in 2021, SmartTRAK identifies the latest research, technologies and trends from ASPN and the mid-year NANS meetings

In this article, SmartTRAK identifies the latest research, technologies and trends at two recent neuromodulation meetings: the mid-year North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) 2021 meeting, held July 15-18 in Orlando, FL and the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN) meeting held in Miami, FL July 22-25. Following are the highlights of the neuromodulation news from these meetings in the areas of expanding indications, digital solutions and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) as covered by Anne Staylor, SmartTRAK's Executive Editor, VP & GM, Nuero Therapies.

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  • SCS for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
    • In regards to expanded indications, the biggest news during the mid-year NANS meeting happened on Friday, July 16th when FDA approved Nevro’s* (NVRO) HF10 for ... 
  • Non-Surgical Refractory Back Pain.
    • During NVRO’s industry luncheon, Aaron Calodney, MD presented six-month data on 10 kHz SCS for non-surgical refractory back pain (NSRBP) vs CMM ...
  • Advances in Digital Solutions
    • All the major players in neuromodulation continue to advance patient care through innovative digital solutions and platforms designed to improve patient engagement and outcomes, track objective pain measures and ...
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RapidAI: Optimizing Outcomes with AI-Based Imaging

By Anne Staylor on 7/26/21 9:30 AM

RapidAI President and CEO Don Listwin discusses how advances in AI-based imaging, workflow and products are improving stroke care in an interview with SmartTRAK

RapidAI, the market leader in brain imaging analysis, processed more than 1MM stroke imaging scans in 2020 alone, up 100% year-over-year, despite COVID-19. Using AI-based software and decision support tools, the Company is helping stroke professionals identify and diagnose more cerebrovascular disorders than ever before, driving double-digit growth in stroke procedures for some hospitals. Although challenges remain in getting the right patient to the right hospital in a timely fashion, RapidAI is working to improve outcomes and the stroke systems of care through improved workflow and messaging technologies, AI-based analytics and new products, such as non-contrast scans that will improve decision-making at some of the smaller spoke hospitals and prevent unnecessary transfers to comprehensive stroke centers.

To find out more, including RapidAI’s plans for indications outside of stroke care, SmartTRAK interviewed RapidAI President and CEO Don Listwin. To listen to the interview, recorded via Uberconference, click on the following video (25:40 min). A link to download a transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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Aleva Neurotherapeutics: Improving Precision with a Next-Gen DBS

By Anne Staylor on 7/9/21 9:30 AM

In an interview with SmartTRAK, André Mercanzini, founder and CEO of Aleva Neurotherapeutics, discusses the Company's next-gen DBS System and improving outcomes via miniaturization and MEMS-based technologies.

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The SCS Market Climbs: Q121 SCS Market Recap

By Anne Staylor on 6/25/21 9:33 AM

Despite a resurgence in COVID-19 that impacted procedure volumes early in Q121, the SCS Market’s climb to pre-pandemic levels is well underway.

Although a resurgence in COVID-19 in late 2020 negatively affected procedure volumes early in the quarter, the SCS Market’s climb to pre-pandemic levels has started to gain momentum. For Q121, US SCS revenues were up +13.6% YoY while WW SCS revenues also saw double-digit YoY growth according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q121 SCS Market Recap* are:

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