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Provider Spotlight – LaWanna Monday Harden, DPM, Lithonia, GA

May 23, 2021

Dr. Monday-Harden is a native of Eatonton, Georgia. She graduated with honors from Putnam County High School earning a four-year basketball scholarship to Augusta State University where she received a B.S. in Biology. She graduated at the top of her class and earned the distinction of the university’s all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball. Dr. Monday-Harden earned her doctorate at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine where she received the Samuel N. Ulevitch Dermatologic Award for her academic achievements. She completed a three-year surgical residency at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur, GA serving as Chief Resident in her final year. She is currently a surgical instructor for podiatric residents at the Atlanta Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery in Sandy Springs.

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Dr. Monday-Harden’s special interests are advanced diabetic limb salvage and sports medicine. As a sports enthusiast involved in running and basketball, she understands the foot and ankle healthcare concerns of athletes and active adults. She is an active lecturer and podiatric resource for hospital-based Diabetic Resource Centers in the metro Atlanta area. In addition to being a dedicated physician to her patients, Dr. Monday-Harden is married and the mother of two young sons. She and her family currently reside in Covington.

Interested patients can learn about Dr. Monday-Harden's approach with Siren Socks and begin the enrollment process by clicking here.

About Siren Socks

Siren Socks are innovative smart socks that detect potential issues with your feet. Siren Socks are an FDA-registered Class I medical device and are for people with neuropathy.

The socks measure your foot temperature. Temperature monitoring has been shown to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers in multiple clinical studies clinical studies over the past 20 years and is considered the gold standard in diabetic foot care.

The information from the socks is monitored by licensed nurses who contact you regularly to check on your health and the status of your feet. Your doctor review any issues that arise and determine if a clinic visit is necessary.

Siren Socks are covered by Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and many private insurance plans.

Interested patients can find a Siren-Certified Provider near them and begin the enrollment process by clicking here.

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Provider Spotlight – Carolyn McAloon, DPM, Castro Valley, CA

May 10, 2021

Carolyn McAloon, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist at the Castro Valley and Pleasanton, California, locations of Bay Area Foot Care. She is also a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a passionate care provider. Patients and colleagues alike note her continuous pursuit of improvements in the modes and quality of care that she provides.

Dr. McAloon completed requirements for the pre-medicine program and earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She uses her background in psychology to provide compassionate, understanding attention to her patients.

After finishing her undergraduate education in 1991, she attended the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. She went on to complete surgical training with a residency at the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

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Soon after finishing her formal education and training, Dr. McAloon started working in private practice in Castro Valley and opened a second location in Dublin, California, in 2008. From 2014-2015, she served as president of the California Podiatric Medical Association.

Today, she continues to use her expertise to advance the next generation of podiatrists. She mentors pre-med students and podiatric medical students at the California School of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. McAloon’s dedication to her work is clear. Her main objective is to help patients live an active lifestyle and overcome the foot pain that’s holding them back.

Interested patients can learn about Dr. McAloon's approach with Siren Socks and begin the enrollment process by clicking here.

About Siren Socks

Siren Socks are innovative smart socks that detect potential issues with your feet. Siren Socks are an FDA-registered Class I medical device and are for people with neuropathy.

The socks measure your foot temperature. Temperature monitoring has been shown to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers in multiple clinical studies clinical studies over the past 20 years and is considered the gold standard in diabetic foot care.

The information from the socks is monitored by licensed nurses who contact you regularly to check on your health and the status of your feet. Your doctor review any issues that arise and determine if a clinic visit is necessary.

Siren Socks are covered by Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and many private insurance plans.

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Provider Spotlight – Gavin Ripp, DPM, Carmichael, CA

April 26, 2021

Dr. Gavin Ripp joined the practice in 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. While at BYU, he had additional studies in Spanish and Portuguese. After college, Dr. Gavin Ripp obtained his doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University, where he graduated in the top 10 of his class and was president of the local chapter of the Pi Delta National Honor Society.

He completed a three-year surgical residency program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. It has long been considered one of the elite foot and ankle training programs in the U.S. During this time, he worked with some of the top foot and ankle surgeons in the country, including both the orthopedic and podiatric communities.

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In addition to routine foot and ankle training, he has received advanced training in:
- Microneurovascular Surgical Training in San Francisco, CA, at the M.O.E.T Institute
- Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago, IL
- External Fixation of the Lower Extremity at the Orthofix Institute in Dallas, TX
- Foot and Ankle Reconstruction and Traumatology at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, CA
- Total Ankle Replacements in Seattle, WA, and in San Francisco, CA

Dr. Gavin Ripp enjoys treating all aspects of the foot and ankle. Special interests include reconstructive lower extremity surgery, sports medicine, and pediatrics. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

He is married with three children, and is an avid sports fan who loves the outdoors. Born in Texas, he has a passion for BBQ and football.

Siren Socks are innovative smart socks that detect potential issues with your feet. Siren Socks are an FDA-registered Class I medical device and are for people with neuropathy.

The socks measure your foot temperature. Temperature monitoring has been shown to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers in multiple clinical studies clinical studies over the past 20 years and is considered the gold standard in diabetic foot care.

The information from the socks is monitored by licensed nurses who contact you regularly to check on your health and the status of your feet. Your doctor review any issues that arise and determine if a clinic visit is necessary.

Siren Socks are covered by Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and many private insurance plans.

Interested patients can learn about Dr. Ripp's approach with Siren Socks and begin the enrollment process by clicking here.

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Siren Socks next step in foot care

Siren Announces First Fully Integrated Remote Patient Monitoring Solution in Podiatry

Siren Socks monitoring device combines with nursing support staff

February 27, 2021

Siren, a health technology company that pioneered the development of microsensor-embedded textiles for medical applications, announced that it is augmenting its Siren Socks product offering by launching Siren Staffing, a remote patient monitoring (RPM) program. Initial customers include StrideCare and Village Podiatry Centers.

Siren Socks continuously track foot temperature and were developed to help patients living with diabetes manage their foot health more effectively. Temperature monitoring has been clinically established as an important physiologic marker of injury and is recommended as a tool to detect and prevent diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). DFUs occur in 25% of people with diabetes, accounting for over $43 billion in annual healthcare costs in the U.S., and are the leading cause of amputations.

Siren Staffing builds on the benefits of Siren Socks by utilizing licensed practical nurses to coordinate RPM activities with podiatric practices. Program nurses monitor temperature data collected by Siren Socks and contact patients who may be at risk of developing injuries to evaluate the status of their feet.

“With Siren Staffing, we now offer the first fully integrated remote patient monitoring solution in podiatry,” said Ran Ma, Siren co-founder and CEO. “We have combined an easy to use monitoring device, continuous data recording and analysis using proprietary algorithms, and a staff of trained nurses into a cohesive, end-to-end offering that allows any podiatric practice to successfully implement RPM and help patients avoid complications arising from foot ulcers."

“Implementing Siren Staffing has made my practice more efficient and effective” said Dr. Gavin Ripp, DPM, of Premier Podiatry & Orthopedics in Northern California. “The team works closely together to monitor patients and coordinate care with our systems. The result is that I am able to quickly act with greater information. This comprehensive solution allows us to monitor more patients to detect signs of inflammation and injury earlier and intervene effectively.”

About Siren

Siren is a health technology company that uses novel medical devices and remote patient monitoring to improve patient outcomes. The company developed Neurofabric, the first of its kind microsensor-embedded textile, to enable a new type of medical devices. These devices integrate seamlessly into users' everyday lives and allow patients and doctors to make more accurate, real-time treatment decisions. Siren Socks, the company's first commercialized product, is an FDA-registered temperature monitoring sock for the early detection of inflammation that leads to foot ulcers in people with diabetes. Siren was founded in 2015 and is backed by top-tier institutional investors, including Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, DCM Ventures, and others. More about the company at https://siren.care.

About Premier Podiatry & Orthopedics

Premier Podiatry & Orthopedics is a multispeciality practice of expert podiatric and orthopedic physicians based in North California with office locations in Roseville and Carmichael. Learn more at https://pposac.com.

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In Times of COVID-19 Darkness, Remote Patient Monitoring Shines a Light for High Risk Patients

June 11, 2020

 

People with diabetes are not more likely to get COVID-19 than the general population. The problem people with diabetes face is primarily a problem of worse outcomes, not greater chance of contracting the virus.

 

Early studies have shown that about 25% of people who went to the hospital with severe COVID-19 infections had diabetes.

 

One in 10 coronavirus patients with diabetes died within the first seven days of hospitalization, and one in five needed a ventilator to breathe, according to a new study by French researchers.

 

Diabetes is one of the underlying health conditions that health experts believe put people at greater risk for developing more severe symptoms of Covid-19 and the study, published in the journal Diabetologia, seems to confirm this.

 

One reason is that high blood sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to fight off infections.

It is well known that people with diabetes have increased infection risk, especially for influenza and pneumonia.

 

Diabetes was previously reported as a major risk factor for mortality in people infected with the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza and, more recently, with the Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (MERS). Epidemiological studies have quickly and consistently pointed out diabetes as one of the major comorbidities associated with COVID-19 and affecting its severity.

 

The researchers found that patients who used insulin and other treatments for modifying blood sugar levels did not have a higher risk for developing COVID-19.

 

It is imperative for diabetics to create a COVID-19 plan as social distancing and shelter in place rules may make it harder to get the supplies and care that you need.

 

If you start feeling sick, stay home. Check your blood sugar more often than usual. COVID-19 can reduce your appetite and cause you to eat less, which could affect your levels. You also need more fluids than usual when you're sick. Keep water close by, and drink it often.

 

At Siren, we are dedicated to keeping our high risk patients safe and at home, by allowing them to communicate with their doctor regarding foot health remotely. Our goal is to keep patients safe, connected, and out of the hospital.

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Siren Raises $11.8 Million to Power Commercial Expansion of its Smart Fabric Remote Patient Monitoring Solution

May 27, 2020

Siren, a medical device company that has developed breakthrough technology to embed microsensors within fabric, allowing for mass production of affordable, washable smart textiles with remote patient monitoring applications, announced today that it has raised $11.8 million in funding led by Anathem Ventures, with participation from existing investors DCM, Khosla Ventures, 500 Startups, and Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund. In connection with this Series B round of funding, DCM Partner Jason Krikorian will join Siren’s board and Anathem Managing Partner Crystal McKellar will join Siren as an advisor.

 

Since its founding in 2015, Siren has raised $22 million across three funding rounds to position itself for commercial expansion, including a previously undisclosed $6.5 million Series A in 2018 and a $3.4 million seed round. Siren was the TechCrunch CES 2017 Hardware Battlefield Winner, and was named 2018 CES Best of Innovation for its innovative smart textile technology. 

 

Empowering Doctors to Effectively Care for Patients Remotely

 

Siren’s first commercial product is an FDA-registered temperature monitoring sock that connects wirelessly to a software application, allowing podiatrists to detect early signs of inflammation in patients at risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers. The onset of diabetic foot ulcers represents a dangerous condition that, when left unchecked, can lead to serious complications, including amputation. Today, podiatrists largely rely on in-clinic visits to manually monitor the temperature elevations that are the precursor to a diabetic foot ulcer. However, ulcers form in a matter of hours or days and can worsen rapidly between such visits. Siren’s solution enables real-time detection and early intervention, which can prevent the serious complications that result in over 100,000 lower limb amputations every year and cost the US healthcare system over $43 billion annually. 

 

COVID-19 Changing Healthcare Now and Forever

 

Siren’s remote monitoring solution is particularly valuable during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it allows healthcare practitioners to stay engaged with and care for their patients remotely, limiting in-clinic visits to true emergencies while delivering additional services for physician practices through CMS’ recent expansion of Medicare reimbursement for remote patient monitoring services. 

 

“COVID-19 has changed healthcare now and forever. Digitization and virtual care is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a need-to-have. Patients need remote patient monitoring to collect and send crucial health data to their physicians. Clinics, by transitioning some medical staff into virtual monitoring, can stay operational, prevent job loss, and allow patients continued access to care,” commented Ran Ma, CEO of Siren. “Additionally, as a medical device company, we have changed the way that we do business - how we make sales, provide customer support, and how our products work. The companies who not only survive, but thrive, are the ones best able to evolve and help their customers adapt to this new world.”

 

Series B lead and Anathem Ventures Managing Partner Crystal McKellar said, “Technology, at its best, should deliver higher functionality at a fraction of the cost. In the healthcare space, this means improving patient outcomes while reducing the financial burden to the system. Siren’s breakthrough technology combines all of these important adoption drivers, and I am thrilled to partner with Siren to help further the company’s growth.” 

 

DCM Partner Jason Krikorian, a long-time Siren investor who co-led Siren’s 2016 seed round, noted, “When we initially invested, what I saw was a resourceful team and a creative and elegant product that would represent an enormous improvement for patient care and cost-effective physician workflows in any environment.  The current pandemic has made it clear that remote monitoring solutions will be a critical part of any physician’s practice.  I’m excited to work even closer with the team on this next phase of growth.”

 

About Siren

 

Siren is a technology company founded in 2015 by Ran Ma, Henk Jan Scholten, and Jie Fu that has developed proprietary technology to embed microsensors into fabric, allowing for the mass production of affordable, washable smart textiles. Siren’s products seamlessly integrate into their users’ everyday lives while providing real-time biofeedback to patients and their doctors. Siren’s first commercial product is an FDA-registered temperature monitoring sock for the early detection of inflammation that leads to diabetic foot ulcers, which costs the health system over $43 billion a year and leads to over 100,000 lower limb amputations annually in the United States. www.siren.care

 

About DCM 

 

DCM is a venture capital firm with over $4 billion under management. Since 1996, DCM has invested in more than 400 technology companies across the U.S. and Asia. With offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Tokyo, DCM empowers its entrepreneurs with hands-on operational guidance and a global network of business and financial resources. www.dcm.com

 

About Anathem Ventures 

 

Anathem Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund that invests in the Seed to Series B rounds of great companies that have developed breakthrough technology with strong IP protection that they are leveraging to win and own well-defined, high-margin markets. Anathem is located in Jackson Square in the heart of San Francisco. www.anathemventures.com

 

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Dr. Rimi Statkus Explains Tech Behind Siren Socks

May 13, 2020

Northern Illinois Foot and Ankle Specialists are offering cutting edge technology and care delivered by a top notch team to distinguish themselves in the field of podiatry. We are thrilled to have them integrate Siren in to their practice. Watch as Dr. Statkus explains how Remote Patient Monitoring technology and the Siren Sock System is keeping high risk patients monitored from the safety of their own home.

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Where Telehealth Stops and Remote Patient Monitoring Starts

May 12, 2020

REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING vs Telehealth: Which is right for you?

COVID-19 has brought to light for patients and providers the importance of Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth. While they are often lumped in one large “Telemedicine” category and are both valuable in their own ways, these two modalities are in fact different.

What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

Remote Patient Monitoring (often abbreviated as RPM) is a method of healthcare delivery that uses the latest advances in IT to gather patient data outside of traditional healthcare settings. It’s about using technologies to bridge the gap between traditional physical settings of your clinic and people living their every day lives. The most effective RPM systems often consist of consumer-friendly, wearable tech products that seamlessly integrate in to the users life, and a platform for clinics to streamline the data collected and provide a clear picture of the patients health. RPM is giving clinicians the power to know what’s actually occurring with their patients on a daily basis, as it happens, vs relying on their routine scheduled check in, or even a check in via telehealth. Patients are provided with a steady stream of biometric data to the healthcare professionals monitoring their treatment. It automates the process to an extent that makes it easier for both individual and provider to keep on top of the situations in real-time.

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth was originally created as a way to treat patients who were located in remote places, far away from local health facilities or in areas with shortages of medical professionals. While it is still used today to address these problems, it is increasingly becoming a tool for convenient basic medical care.  In short, telehealth is the practice of medicine using electronic and telecommunications technologies (think zoom, facetime, skype, etc.) and services to provide care from a distance. Today’s connected patient wants to waste less time in the waiting room at the doctors, and get immediate care for minor conditions when they need it. Telehealth can be used as a tool, but maybe not a solution for high risk patients. It should be used to screen patients, triage patients, and care for patients who do not need medical intervention.

 

As we know, COVID-19 can be harmful and even fatal for people with compromised health, and both Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth can help these patients avoid exposure. While telehealth can provide routine care for patients with chronic disease who are at high risk, it is limited in proactively alerting the patient or physician of potential ailments as remote patient monitoring can do.

 

Siren has the best in class Remote Patient Monitoring solution to continuously track foot temperature, keeping patients and providers connected by helping track issues related to inflammation or injury. Temperature monitoring, in contrast to visual checks alone, has been shown to improve outcomes related to ulcers by 87%.*

 

Contact us to learn more about our Siren Smart Sock system.

 

For more information on RPM and Podiatry, click here.

*https://siren.care/research/

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Remote patient monitoring and podiatry during COVID-19

April 16, 2020

People with neuropathy and those at risk for diabetic foot ulcers are particularly vulnerable during COVID-19. They need high-quality care to avoid complications. But many are scared to see their doctor, and don't know how to keep in touch with their podiatrist from home. In turn, podiatrists are seeing a decline of patients coming in for in-person visits. Remote patient monitoring offers a critical solution to deliver the best care for the patients that need it the most.

Impact of COVID-19 on diabetic foot care

People at risk for foot ulcers are also the most vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19. Many are older, have diabetes, and other co-morbidities that make the Corona-virus particularly dangerous for them. But especially now they need the care to make sure they don't develop foot complications. In order to keep people at home and out of the hospital, it's crucial for their health that they remain connected with their podiatrist.

  1. Less in-person visits and increased risk of complications. Patients are scared to come into the office and are cancelling appointments unless absolutely necessary. The fear is easily justified, but by not going in for regular in-person visits and seeing their doctors as often, they have an increased risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetic foot ulcers can be fatal and have extreme consequences. Using remote patient monitoring, patients can be safely monitored from the comfort of their home without having to come into the office.
  2. Risk for healthcare providers. Due to exposure and infection rate, the number of staff available to see patients can decrease. As the virus continues to spread, health care providers will be forced to quarantine themselves. As a result, remaining providers will have to work more with less resources.
  3. Reduced access to care. The cancellations of these appointments are costly to the clinics as revenues are reduced. Medical assistants and nurses may have to be furloughed. Especially smaller and rural clinics are at risk, even though these are crucial for their communities. If clinics start closing, it reduces access to care for our most vulnerable patients. Siren allows clinics to keep their healthcare workers safe, because they can transition into remote patient monitoring instead of being furloughed.

How can Remote Patient Monitoring help your practice during COVID-19?

  1. Maintain relationships with high risk patients. Stay engaged and treat your patients even if they are unable to come in to the office. This will make your patients feel safe, knowing they are still being monitored and cared for by their physician. You can manage and limit in-person visits to only those which are absolutely necessary, while also creating better care for patients at home.
  2. Continue to monitor patients and avoid severe diabetic foot complications. Many patients with neuropathy are at high-risk to develop life-threatening wounds. Without close monitoring and regular check-ins, wounds can go unnoticed. RPM provides the means for monitoring patients who are at greatest risk during their period of self-isolation, protecting clinic staff and patients alike.
  3. Keep your clinic open and retain talented staff. RPM provides a provides a means to supplement some of the lost income from appointment cancellations for routine visits. The reimbursement is carved out specifically for the technology component of remote patient monitoring, so these programs can be more profitable than traditional telehealth services (CPT 99453, 99454, 99457 and 99458). You can keep your office open and retain talented and loyal staff.

Remote temperature monitoring for diabetic foot care during COVID-19

COVID-19 is here and it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better, but we are confident we will get through this difficult time together and that we can still save limbs and lives. With remote temperature monitoring, you can keep patients healthy and at home, and retain your staff to deliver the highest quality of care.

Contact us at [email protected] to discuss how we can help your patients and your practice to get going quickly.

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