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Over 2M people live with limb loss in the US and 185,000+ new amputations occur each year. Amputees must rely on a hard, non-conforming shell to support soft limb tissue, leading to discomfort and reduced mobility and health. BeTH is developing a technology that aims to increase prosthetic comfort, allowing amputees increased mobility and reducing the time and cost associated with this process.
The proposed clinical study would utilize wearables to track activity before, during and after a new prosthetic device is worn, comparing physical activity of a traditional prosthetic device compared to a BeTH system. The goal is to minimize the reduced mobility during this process, as an increase in activity leads to positive outcome measures and successful rehabilitations.
Insurance providers also set reimbursement amounts based on patient activity. Using wearables with prosthetics will also allow amputees to provide data to justify the cost of higher quality components and devices.