NeuroMetrix announced the commercial availability of DPNCheck 2.0, the company's latest point-of-care device that leverages gold-standard nerve conduction technology to detect peripheral neuropathy. DPNCheck 2.0 provides rapid patient screening with quantitative measurement of peripheral nerve function. It features a touchscreen, onboard step-by-step instructions, improved temperature compensation, real-time nerve response display and other enhancements. Its companion software facilitates clinical documentation of test results. Cloud-based aggregation of population-health data and integration with provider EHR systems is planned for later this year.
Peripheral neuropathy, the systemic degeneration of peripheral nerves, is a common and debilitating condition that may affect up to 30% of the Medicare-aged population. An increasing number of healthcare providers and health plans that support the Medicare population have recently turned their attention to early detection and management of this condition to help reduce their patients’ risk of foot ulcers, falls, pain and other complications. By incorporating screening for peripheral neuropathy using nerve conduction technology, it is possible to uncover elevated risk for these complications earlier and more accurately than traditional clinical approaches such as the monofilament and tuning fork tests.
“For more than a decade, our first-generation DPNCheck device has been used and trusted by thousands of providers to assess over 2-million patients,” said Shai N. Gozani, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, NeuroMetrix. “We are excited to launch our newest version to even better address the needs of our clinical partners. We’ve opened the door to more widespread screening with a user-friendly design that makes it faster and easier for care organizations to roll out and train their point-of-care staff and deploy testing.”