OralHygenix, the product's developer, is focusing on the nursing home market. The Freedom Oral Care System also incorporates proprietary software that interfaces with payers and providers via wireless monitoring and an eMARS (Electronic Medication Administration Record and Scheduling) patch.
OralHygenix Chairman and CEO Dr. Stephen H.Wolpo, noted the double benefits of his new system. ""Improving oral health among disabled, elderly, convalescent and chronically infirm populations, offers significant benefits. For patients it means less cavities, gum infections and extractions as well as a reduction in the occurrence of aspiration pneumonia ? a leading cause of death among the convalescent which costs the health care system in excess of $300M per year. From our perspective, enabling and ensuring compliance provides a direct cost-savings benefit to the larger healthcare system."
I was curious to see a photo or illustration of this innovation, but couldn't find one yet. OralHygenix is in the process of seeking funding to support its clinical trial program with NYU College of Dentistry, to refine the prototype system, and to prepare for a 2015 launch to market. Should be a big one. I'll follow and keep you posted!