Transforming healthcare for people living with chronic conditions.
Monitor physiological changes remotely and proactively with Kitea: the world’s most accurate implantable digital pressure sensor.
Introducing the next generation of micro-implantable devices.
Kitea technology facilitates long-term, remote monitoring of symptoms and changes in pressure for a number of chronic conditions.
Our first application is hydrocephalus.
Hydrocephalus: from reactive to proactive care.
Caused by a buildup of excess fluid in the brain, hydrocephalus is a serious, lifelong condition.
The condition disproportionately affects children, and it is generally fatal without treatment. The main treatment path places a shunt in the brain to drain excess fluid and prevent a rise in pressure.
Shunt failure is common
Highest failure rate of any implanted medical device
Symptoms are confusing
Shunt failure can mimic common illnesses
Increase in intracranial pressure can be life threatening
Requires hospital admission
Assessment of failure is complex and expensive
Hydrocephalus: by the numbers
How it works
The Kitea system eliminates guesswork by enabling brain pressure monitoring at home and in hospital, for the first time.
Device is implanted during standard shunt procedure (no extra surgical time required)
Take intracranial pressure measurements in hospital or at home, and track symptoms
Physicians monitor measurements and set thresholds for portal notifications
Physicians make informed decisions based on real pressure values
Improving outcomes at every level.
Reduced inequity in healthcare access
Monitor symptoms any time, any place
Early detection, less time in hospital
Estimated 30% reduction in costs
Fewer CT, MRI and other imaging procedures
Better clinical outcomes
Significant reduction in insurance costs
Better outcomes for patients
Reimbursement codes available for remote monitoring
Contact the team.
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