Cochlear Limited Wins Four Awards for Healthcare Innovation
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Sep 26, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH) has been awarded a series of prestigious
international design awards for two of its latest product
The Cochlear(TM) Nucleus(R) CR120 Intraoperative Remote Assistant and
Cochlear(TM) Nucleus(R) CR110 Remote Assistant Fitting, have won four
design excellence awards between them.
Both products are part of a range of advanced clinical care tools
developed by Cochlear to revolutionise treatment pathways for
cochlear implantation. By using some of the industry's most advanced
technologies and making them easier to use, the products help
healthcare professionals look after cochlear implant recipients. They
automate some of the more time consuming tasks carried out by
audiologists and surgeons from surgery onward.
Intraoperative Remote Assistant
The Intraoperative Remote Assistant is the implantable hearing
industry's first wireless hand-held device that performs fast
diagnostics on the cochlear implant before recipients leave the
operating theatre. For audiologists, this vastly simplifies the
current practise of testing recipients' cochlear implants using a
computer and cables. If required, the Intraoperative Remote Assistant
can also be used by the surgical team itself, as it requires minimal
set-up and training.
The Intraoperative Remote Assistant was a silver award winner in the
implant product category at the prestigious Medical Design Excellence
Awards, recently announced in Philadelphia, USA. The product also won
a design award in the medical and scientific category at the
Australian International Design Awards 2013 and beat all other
entries in those awards to win the Powerhouse Museum Award.
Remote Assistant Fitting
Remote Assistant Fitting, also an industry first, allows wireless
cochlear implant programming on the recipients' own handheld remote
assistant. Soon after surgery recipients get their cochlear implant
systems programmed by audiologists to set the levels. This is also
done using a computer and cables. Remote Assistant Fitting enables
audiologists to do this wirelessly, which can make programming
sessions a lot easier, especially with infants, who often like to
move about. The wireless functionality also enables recipients
themselves to make small adjustments to their programs, should they
be required over time. This can reduce the need for clinic visits for
small program adjustments saving valuable time for both recipients
and their audiologists.
Remote Assistant Fitting also won a design award in the medical and
scientific category at the 2013 Australian International Design
'Technologic innovation is the turbo-charger of growth,' said Chris
Roberts, CEO at Cochlear. 'It has always been a guiding principle for
Cochlear. I believe the future needs to be designed and our clinical
care tools, like our other market leading products, are how we are
designing it. Ultimately, they will help us deliver the gift of sound
to more people and make their long-term experience richer and more
'These products are the latest clinical care innovations to come out
of Cochlear's extensive R&D program,' said Jan Janssen, Senior Vice
President Design and Development at Cochlear. 'Years of intense
development work go into these technologies so we are proud to have
them recognised by such renowned international awards organisations.'
Availability of these products will depend on regulatory approval.
Contact your local Cochlear office for more information.
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SOURCE: Cochlear Limited
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