Washington, DC-based modus health, a spin-off of a prosthesis company called Orthocare Innovations, has launched with the goal of creating a wearable activity tracker for clinical use. The technology is building on a research device called StepWatch that Orthocare has been using for some time.
“It’s sort of a wearable [that was created] before wearables were cool and it is a validated wearable that’s an FDA Class 2 device that has quite a following in the research world,” Doug McCormack, president of modus, told MobiHealthNews. “And we felt very strongly that it would be an opportunity to get that core technology and translate what’s really been a research device into something that can have a meaningful impact on clinical care.”
While the consumer activity tracker market continues to be one of the hottest spaces in digital health, the use of wearable trackers in actual clinical contexts is still fairly limited. The Mayo Clinic used the Fitbit in a high-profile study on cardiac rehabilitation patients, and PatientsLikeMe has recently begun using its network of patients to collect data from consumer trackers, but these examples are few and far between. Keep reading>>