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RFID Controls Headache Pain Treatment
ElectroCore has developed an RFID-based method to control the dispensing of vagus nerve stimulation treatment to help those with cluster headaches or migraines relieve their pain.
Sep 19, 2018—
Neuromodulation technology company electroCore has released a non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator that employs radio frequency identification technology to prompt the operation of the device according to the needs of a specific patient. The portable device, known as gammaCore Sapphire, provides adult patients to treat acute pain from migraines or cluster headaches within their own home, without requiring medication. It comes with an RFID reader that interrogates passive RFID tags built into prescribed refill cards.
Passive HF RFID enables a user to receive a prescription for stimulation treatments, which is transmitted to the device itself so that it can provide the prescribed number of uses. The New Jersey company designed gammaCore Sapphire to deliver gentle stimulation when placed on a patient's neck, stimulating the vagus nerve without requiring surgical procedures. It can be prescribed to allow treatments—up to 24 stimulations each day—for up to a month.
Most of those with recurring headaches treat their pain with over-the-counter medications. GammaCoreoffers a non-invasive, drug-free alternative, says Dan Duhart, electroCore's chief commercial officer. The company sells its product through insurance companies and health-care providers. Since the unit was released in July 2018, he adds, approximately 8,000 patients have been using the system. "The FDA clearance allows up to six uses per day," he states.
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