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Posted on April 09, 2018

Smart socks for diabetics

Ran Ma was studying Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and working at Northwestern on the Wounded Warriors Project, a biomask to regenerate the human face for burn victims and war veterans. While working at the wound lab at Northwestern, she learned that there are over 100,000 annual lower limb amputations due to diabetic foot ulcers. For more information see the IDTechEx report on technologies for diabetes management.
 
She came up with the initial concept for Siren's Neurofabric - a seamless, wearable technology - to address this specific, often fatal problem. Ma believes that wearable technology and data are the keys to preventing many health conditions, specifically in the field of chronic disease and aging.
 
Siren's vision is to empower people to avoid complications caused by chronic disease and aging. To this end, Siren develops innovative wearable health technology that seamlessly integrates into the user's everyday life. The company's first product, the Siren Diabetic Sock and Foot Monitoring System, is designed to proactively track foot temperature. It allows people with diabetes to use temperature data to detect diabetic ulcers early and avoid amputations.
 
People with neuropathy need to monitor their feet to detect inflammation - an early sign of potential foot injuries that often lead to ulcers and amputations. But simply keeping an eye on your feet and using therapeutic footwear are often not enough to prevent injuries. Siren's innovative system monitors foot temperature automatically, continuously, and reliably, helping detect foot ulcers early.
 
Siren Diabetic Socks use Neurofabric to detect temperature changes between your feet, which are a sign of possible foot ulcers and they are equipped with sensors that continuously monitor foot temperature at six key points. Monitoring the temperature at the bottom of your feet has been clinically proven to prevent up to 87.5% of foot ulcers when compared to standard therapies such as therapeutic footwear, diabetic foot education, and regular foot exams.
 
People with diabetic neuropathy can catch possible injuries before they occur by monitoring the temperature of their feet.
 
Siren's Neurofabric textile has microsensors woven directly into the fabric. These virtually invisible sensors are seamlessly integrated into the socks to monitor temperature changes on the bottom of the feet. The sensors send a signal to a small tag in the sock. The tag wirelessly transmits temperature data via Bluetooth to the Siren app and Siren Hub. Should signs of inflammation be detected, you receive notifications via the Siren companion app and/or text message. If you don't have a smartphone, simply use the Siren Hub in any standard electrical outlet. The Siren Hub will send alerts to your home phone or e-mail. You can also log into our online web portal to check your temperature data and foot health.
 
To ensure accuracy, Siren will send a new shipment of socks to replace current supply every six months.
 
Source and top image: Siren
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