For Banner Health, one of the largest non-profit health system in the United States, finding ways to make health care easier and better for our patients is at the root of everything we do. That’s why we are making significant investments into the digital health and neurotech space, trying to answer some common pain points.
Let me give you an example.
Last year, Banner Urgent Care turned to an innovative device, BrainScope One, to provide better care and to help save patients money and time, as it helps clinicians identify traumatic brain injuries and concussions.
This is an area of growing concern. Statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that there were approximately 2.5 million visits to emergency departments for traumatic brain injuries in 2014—an increase of 54% from 2006. Of those, roughly 812,000 were for children.
BETHESDA, MD. June 24, 2019 - BrainScope announced today the appointment of Susan Hertzberg as Chief Executive Officer. This is the 4th equity-backed venture that Hertzberg will helm. She is a proven commercial stage leader with an impressive track record of bringing innovative products and services to market and profitably scaling and delivering exceptional market growth.
In her new role, Hertzberg will drive the global strategy and commercialization of BrainScope’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion tools in the traditional healthcare, military and sports arenas and will expand the platform capabilities of its signature product Brainscope One to include objective assessments for brain diseases like depression and Alzheimer’s.
“BrainScope is growing rapidly given the high demand and need for non-invasive, point of care FDA-Cleared medical devices to objectively assess concussion and mild TBI,” said Founding CEO Michael Singer, who will move into the Executive Chairman role. “I am thrilled to have Susan join us and apply her unique talents and experience to scale our business and make these tools ubiquitous in the market. Her mission-driven, patient-centric approach and dynamic leadership style is a great fit and will help BrainScope reach its full potential for this very large market opportunity,” added Singer.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a disturbance of normal brain functions due to a head injury that everyone is at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 138 people die each day in the U.S. due to injuries that include TBI. However, diagnosing TBI often involves unnecessary exposure to radiation from CT (computed tomography) scans. Recently published a few weeks ago in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication, physicians at Washington University Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis found an over 30 percent reduction in unnecessary CT scans for TBI evaluations in emergency rooms using the recently FDA-approved medical device from BrainScope Company, Inc.—a medical neuro-technology company with various public sector and private sector funding, including venture capital from Revolution, founded by Steve Case, the co-founder of America Online (AOL).
BETHESDA, MD. May 6, 2019 - BrainScope announced today the publication of a study conducted by physicians at Washington University Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis in the peer-reviewed journal The American Journal of Emergency Medicine entitled “Reduction in unnecessary CT scans head-injury in the emergency department using an FDA cleared device.” The study demonstrated that the FDA-cleared BrainScope One medical device reduced the use of unnecessary head CT scans by nearly one-third in a hospital emergency room setting when compared to the use of standard clinical practice.
Emergency Room (ER) visits for mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) have greatly increased due to increased awareness of potential consequences of such injuries, with roughly 5 million Americans seeking medical care for head injury in ERs each year. While the vast majority (>80%) of head-injured patients who go to the ER receive a head CT scan, more than 90% of them are found to be negative. This practice unnecessarily exposes these patients to radiation, increases the use of hospital ER resources, and lengthens throughput times.
FERNLEY, Nev. (KOLO) Patients in northern Nevada can benefit from a new technology that allows for quicker assessments of head injuries, including concussions. Doctors at Banner Health Center in Fernley and Fallon are now offering BrainScope. The technology is a non-invasive, hand-held device used to make head injury assessments on site in non-emergency situations.
"It is a wonderful tool that will help us screen for the presence of concussions without necessarily having to send our patients for a cat scan or emergency room visit," Sharon Maxwell, a physician's assistant, says.