Monday, January 31, 2011
US News and World Report has ranked hospitals for a variety of specialities including rehabilitation. In the case of rehabilitation 200 physicians were randomly selected and asked to list five hospitals they consider to be the best in their specialty for complex or difficult cases.
So, what were the top ten hospitals for wheelchair users according to rehabilitation physicians selected by US News and World Report?
1. Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago Ill
2. Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ
3. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
4. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA
5. TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX
6. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
7. Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO
8. Rusk Institute, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
9. Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
10. Moss Rehab, Elkins Park, PA
Interestingly, no Rehabilitation Center from California placed in the top 10 best rehabilition centers and only two from the Western USA are among the top 20 best rehabilition hospitals. University of Washington Medical Center ranked in 3rd place and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center of California, came in 17th place. Seems like if you are a wheelchair user, the best place for health care is in the Eastern USA. Also interestingly, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has been selected as the top Rehabilitation Hospital for 20 consecutive years. That is quite a record.
See the complete list of top hospitals for wheelchair users as selected by US News and World Report.
Friday, January 28, 2011
I had been reading reports that ReWalk was FDA approved for sale in the USA. But I had not seen an official announcement to that effect. I had also seen a mention of an official price. I contacted John Frijters of Argo Medical Technologies and asked for confirmation and received this response:
ReWalkTM-I is now available for sale to institutions in Europe and USA. We will deliver the first serial production units by end of next month...The price of € 87'500 for ReWalkTM-I, the model of ReWalk sold to institutions such as Rehab Clinics, is correct. (Plus VAT, shipment, certification, ..).
Read more about ReWalk Exoskeleton for wheelchair users.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Kaiser Permanente's Garfield Innovation Center is a testing grounds for medical equipment and was selected as one of the top ten innovative health care companies in the USA.
A journalist from Fast Company attended the demonstration of Elegs. Berkeley Bionics VP of engineering John Fogelin discussed the the future of eLEGS and stated:
Next up: bringing eLEGS to five to 10 rehab clinics across the U.S. by the end of 2011. After that, Berkeley will make the 45-pound device even lighter and bring it into homes by 2013. At that point, Fogelin estimates that it cost between $30,000 and $50,000, or approximately the same price as a high-end wheelchair..
This gives notice to wheelchair users who plan to walk by 2013. Start saving money now. Your goal is probably going to be around $30,000 to $50,000.
Friday, January 21, 2011
This stability is significant for several reasons. Rex is the only exoskeleton on the market that does not need the help of the wearer to stay upright. As can be seen, Rex does a very good job staying upright all by itself. While most exoskeletons will require that the user has good upper body strength, Rex will proabaly be able to be used by most people. Read more about the Rex Exoskeleton on the Exoskeleton Website.
Monday, January 17, 2011
He says "I am just thinking "walk" and the suit moves my legs for me. Read the rest of his report about wearing the HAL exoskeleton. Read more about the HAL exoskeleton on the Exoskeletons Website.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Watch this demo to see how easy it is to put RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers on to your wheelchair:
As shown in the video RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers offers the choice of how to best use your tire covers. These wheelchair tire covers are designed to go over the handgrips to keep your hands clean or behind the handgrips so that you can push the wheelchair as you normally do. RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers are made from an artificial suede material which is soft to the touch. The inside has a specialized rubbery material to grab the wheels and the handgrips in order to prevent slippage.
Now with three colors to choose from, RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers offer even more choice. No matter what color you select, RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers are the Wheelchair Tire Covers to use to keep your house and hands clean and free from dirt.
And it does not matter where you live. The price for RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers includes TWO wheelchair tire covers plus FREE shipping by registered parcel post anywhere in the world. Payment is by Paypal, so you know your purchase is secure.
Read more about RehaDesign Wheelchair Tire Covers.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Now two major publications, Time and CNN, have recognized the exoskeleton as one of the most important innovations of 2010. However, I am puzzled as to how the iPAD outranked the exoskeleton.
Read more about eLEGS Exoskeleton on the Exoskeleton Website.
Friday, January 7, 2011
This is an excellent video, because you not only see information about the ReWalk Exoskeleton, you get a brief insight into the guy who developed ReWalk, Amit Goffer and you get an idea about the impact that an exoskeleton can have on the life of a wheelchair user. Take a moment to watch it:
I have now inserted this video in the section about ReWalk Exoskeleton on the Exoskeleton Website.
Thanks to Barbara for keeping me updated!
Monday, January 3, 2011
But a recent study from the Dr. Nicholas Hatsopoulos of the University Of Chicago, demonstrated that monkey can control an exoskeleton by thought alone!
Hatsopoulos said. “I think using these wearable robots and controlling them with the brain is, in my opinion, probably the most promising approach to take in helping paralyzed individuals regain the ability to move.”.
If this work is successful, the day may not be far off when a wheelchair user can move an exoskeleton in a similar way that an able-bodied person moves their legs.
Read more about exoskeletons for wheelchair users on the Exoskeleton Website